How to get iOS 14 beta

Ap­ple’s big mo­bile OS up­dates have a ton of new fea­tures, and you can try them out now. Here’s how. Ja­son Cross re­ports

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For the past few years, Ap­ple has made its op­er­at­ing sys­tems avail­able in a pub­lic beta, so you can kick the tyres and help find bugs be­fore its re­lease in the au­tumn. We touched briefly upon how to run the beta the pre­vi­ous is­sue, but here we go in to more de­tail.

We highly rec­om­mend you do not run this beta on a crit­i­cal de­vice. Yes, you can down­grade back to iOS or iPadOS 13, but it’s not triv­ial, and you may lose some

of the in­for­ma­tion that you haven’t backed up or saved in the cloud. We also rec­om­mend you back up your iPhone or iPad be­fore you get started.

Reg­is­ter­ing for the Pub­lic Beta

Ap­ple has made it easy to en­ter the pub­lic beta pro­gramme. Sim­ply head to beta.ap­ and tap ‘Sign up’. You need to do this on the de­vice upon which you wish to run the beta. You’ll be asked to sign in with your Ap­ple ID, agree to terms of ser­vice, and then down­load a beta pro­file. Open Set­tings, then tap Gen­eral. Scroll down to Pro­file and se­lect it. You can then tap on the iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 beta soft­ware pro­file and choose to ac­ti­vate it.

Down­load­ing the Pub­lic Beta

Once you’ve reg­is­tered, down­loaded the pro­file, and ac­ti­vated it, you’re ready to down­load the beta.

Open Set­tings, then tap Soft­ware Up­date. You should see that the iOS or iPadOS 14 pub­lic beta is avail­able for down­load – if you don’t see it, make sure the pro­file is ac­ti­vated and in­stalled. It can take a few min­utes for the beta to show up af­ter in­stalling the pro­file, so don’t be in too big a hurry.

Once you have the pro­file in­stalled, you will con­tinue to get beta up­dates through­out the beta pro­gramme. Every time a new pub­lic beta re­lease is avail­able, you will au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceive it, or can go to Set­tings > Soft­ware Up­date to down­load it man­u­ally. There’s no need to re­down­load or ac­ti­vate the pro­file.

De­vel­oper Beta

Ap­ple runs a sep­a­rate beta track for de­vel­op­ers, who got ac­cess to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 dur­ing WWDC back in June. De­vel­oper Beta builds are typ­i­cally the same as Pub­lic Beta builds, but the re­lease num­bers are dif­fer­ent, as de­vel­op­ers had ac­cess ear­lier. So, De­vel­oper Beta 1 was never re­leased as a Pub­lic Beta. De­vel­oper Beta 2 is the same build as Pub­lic Beta 1, and so on. Reg­is­tered de­vel­op­ers can go to de­vel­oper. ap­­load us­ing the de­vice on which they wish to run the iOS 14 beta. Down­load the beta pro­file, then open Set­tings > Gen­eral > Pro­file and ac­ti­vate it.

Leav­ing the Pub­lic Beta

If you want to stop re­ceiv­ing beta up­dates, that’s easy enough. Just re­move the pro­file and you won’t get any

more beta re­leases. Once the fi­nal pub­lic re­lease of iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 is made avail­able in the au­tumn, your de­vice will down­load that, and you’ll be on the reg­u­lar pub­lic non‑beta re­lease sched­ule.

Sim­ply re­mov­ing the pro­file will stop you from get­ting fur­ther beta re­leases, but it doesn’t get you back to iOS 13 or iPadOS 13. We ex­plained how to do this last month.

Sup­ported De­vices

You can run iOS 14 on any iPhone that runs iOS 13, and iPadOS 14 runs on any iPad that is com­pat­i­ble with iPadOS 13. Here’s the list of sup­ported iPhones for iOS 14:

• iPhone 11/11 Pro/Pro Max

• iPhone XS/Max

• iPhone XR

• iPhone X

• iPhone 8/8 Plus

• iPhone 7/7 Plus

• iPhone 6s/6s Plus

• iPhone SE (1st/2nd gen­er­a­tion)

• iPod touch (7th gen­er­a­tion)

And here’s the list of sup­ported iPads for iPadOS 14:

• 12.9in Pad Pro (1st/2nd/3rd/ 4th gen­er­a­tion)

• 11in iPad Pro (1st/2nd gen­er­a­tion)

• 10.5in iPad Pro

• 9.7in iPad Pro

• iPad (5th/6th/7th gen­er­a­tion)

• iPad mini (5th gen­er­a­tion)

• iPad mini 4

• iPad Air (3rd gen­er­a­tion)

• iPad Air 2

Be­fore you can down­load the beta, you have to in­stall the beta pro­file and restart your iPhone or iPad

You can down­load the beta onto a wide se­lec­tion of de­vices, in­clud­ing the iPhone XR

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