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How to install the public beta of iPadOS and iOS 15

Those who want to test beta versions of iOS and iPadOS 15 can now sign up for Apple’s public beta program. Here’s how to test these pre-releases and how to roll back to iOS 14 if you have any issues.

A few weeks after WWDC, Apple has just launched on June 30, 2021 its public beta program for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. These pre-versions of the operating systems of the iPad and the iPhone are intended for hackers and hackers who want to test the new features that Apple offers for its mobile devices. Here is how to install them.

Precautions for use

First of all, it’s good to remember that even though Apple’s public beta is relatively stable, it can still contain bugs and cause crashes. Unless you are sure what you are doing, we do not recommend installing these updates on your phone or tablet.

If you want to embark on the adventure, don’t forget to make a full backup of your device before you embark. So in the event of unexpected data loss, you will not find yourself stuck in the water. We’ve been installing Developer Beta for a few weeks now and haven’t noticed any annoying bugs, but some third-party apps may be incompatible. So be careful.

Download the beta of iPadOS and iOS 15

Once these details are done, it’s time to get your hands dirty.

  • From your iPhone or iPad, go to the page dedicated to Apple’s beta program
  • At the top, click Register your devices
  • Choose your system (iOS or iPadOS) on the various tabs that appear.
  • Download the beta configuration file under the section “Install the profile”
  • A message will warn you that you are trying to download a configuration file, click To allow.
  • Then go to the app Settings, a notification telling you that a new profile is detected should appear.
  • Once the profile is installed, go to the tab General then software update.
  • Install the proposed update and wait. After a restart, your device should be running iOS or iPadOS 15.

What devices are compatible?

Regarding iOS 15, all mobiles already eligible for iOS 14 can benefit from it. To put it simply, all iPhones from the 6S model can install this beta. But performance may vary from machine to machine.

For iPads, all tablets from the second generation iPad Air can install iPadOS 15. Again, functionality and performance may differ from tablet to tablet.

What novelties?

We have already reviewed the new features offered by iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 when they were announced. On iPhone, the emphasis is on simplification and security with the possibility of finding your iPhone like an AirTag, the simplification of two-factor authentication and new features to protect your privacy.

An overview of the new features of iOS 15 // Source: Numerama screenshot

The iPad for its part emphasizes productivity with increased multitasking and the appearance of widgets on the home screen.

How do I exit the beta program?

Unfortunately, once iOS or iPadOS 15 is installed, it is not possible to revert to a stable version unless you erase all of its data.

You can exit the beta program (by going to Settings, General, VPN and device management, and under Configuration profile, you can delete the beta file), but that will only have the effect of leaving you on that first beta waiting for the “stable” development branch to catch up with you.

If you absolutely want to go back to iOS 14, you will have to put your phone in “recovery” mode (following Apple’s instructions) and restore the backup you made to your computer.

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