If you were feeling left out when the first beta of iOS 10 was made available to registered developers during last month’s WWDC 2016, then be prepared for that feeling to subside. Apple has now made the iOS 10 Public Beta available, which means that device owners interested in putting iOS 10 through its paces are now able to do so on a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.The installation is extremely straightforward, and of course, we have a complete tutorial on the process to make it as easy as possible for anyone interested in running iOS 10.
It’s important to note that iOS 10 exists at a very early beta stage. Anyone installing the firmware can expect a platform that’s full of new features, but will also likely come with performance issues, detrimental battery performance and potential overall system instability. All of these issues are to be expected with an initial firmware beta, but it’s always good to be armed with that knowledge prior to installing on a device. If you’re happy to proceed on that basis, then let’s get right to it.
Before beginning, take a moment to check if your iOS device is compatible with iOS 10 or not by checking out our post: iOS 10 Beta Compatibility For iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. Also make sure you backup all of your data to either iTunes or iCloud before installing this pre-release build of iOS. Done? Let’s proceed.
NOTE: We highly recommend that you do not install this iOS 10 beta on your main or primary iOS device. As mentioned earlier, the platform will contain bugs and come with performance issues that could prevent the main device from functioning normally.
Step 1: First of all, make sure that your device is running the latest public version of iOS. At the time of writing, that version is iOS 9.3.2. You can download it from here if you need it: Download iOS 9.3.2 Final For iPhone And iPad [IPSW Links].
Step 2: You’ll need to be registered with Apple to participate in the Apple Beta Software Program. If you aren’t registered, you’ll need to head over to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram to proceed. Already registered? Skip to step 3.
Step 3: When you have signed up, or if you are already a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, visit beta.apple.com and sign in using your account credentials.
Step 5: Next, you will need to enroll the iOS device in question in the beta program. Visit the following link on your iOS device: beta.apple.com/profile
Step 6: If prompted, sign in with the Apple ID credentials registered to the Apple Beta Software Program.
Step 7: Tap on the blue Download profile button to grab the configuration profile.
Do note that if you happen to have an Apple Watch paired to the iPhone then you may get a pop-up asking you to choose your device as seen in the image below. Select iPhone.
Step 8: When prompted with the Install Profile page, tap Install to proceed. Enter the device passcode to continue.
Step 9: Agree to the Consent form by tapping Install once again in the top-right.
Step 10: When prompted to restart the phone, tap on the Restart button to restart the iPhone and complete the profile installation process.
Step 11: Once the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has restarted, launch the Settings.app and navigate to General > Software Update. The presence of the Configuration Profile means that the device will now look for any beta software as well as public facing updates. When prompted, hit Download and Install on the iOS 10 beta available and let it complete the update process.
Once done, your device will restart and you’ll have iOS 10 successfully installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device.