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How to Install the iOS 17 Public Beta

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Developer betas are now available to everyone, free of charge, and easy to install, but public betas are more stable. Either way, think twice before you proceed.


Are you excited to try out the new features of iOS 17? Apple has released the public beta version of the software, which means you can install it on your device right now.


In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to install the iOS 17 public beta on your iPhone or iPad.


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To begin, you’ll need to be sure your hardware supports iOS 17. Apple requires at least a 2018 or newer iPhone, including the XR, XS, and second-generation SE. Notably, this release ends support for the iPhone 8 and X — if you own one of these older models, you’ll simply have to buy a new handset to run the updated platform.


The iPadOS 17 public beta clearly has different requirements. You’ll need at least a sixth-generation iPad, third-generation iPad Air, fifth-generation iPad mini, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, any 11-inch iPad Pro, or the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro.


What devices support iOS 17?


iOS 17 betas (both the developer and public versions) work on the following devices:


iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max

iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max

iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR

iPhone SE (second generation or later)


It is not available for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus


Back Up Your Device


Before you install the iOS 17 public beta, it is essential to back up your device. This step is crucial because the beta version may contain bugs, and your device may crash or lose data. Therefore, it is essential to perform a backup so that you can restore your device if anything goes wrong.


To back up your device, connect it to your computer and open iTunes or Finder. Click on your device and select "Back Up Now." Alternatively, you can back up your device to iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup > Back Up Now.


Enroll Your Device


To install the iOS 17 public beta, you need to enroll your device in the Apple Beta Software Program. To do this, go to the Apple Beta Software Program website and sign in with your Apple ID. Click on "Enroll Your Devices" and select your device from the list. Follow the instructions to download and install the beta profile on your device.


Membership is free; you’ll need to log in using the main Apple ID you use on your phone and enroll that device in the program. Follow the prompts, and be sure to read the agreement when it appears.


Install the Public Beta


After that, installing the iOS 17 test is almost as simple as installing ordinary updates. You just have to visit Settings, tap General, tap Software Update and then select a new Beta Updates item underneath Automatic Updates.


Be sure that the Apple ID displayed at the bottom is the one you used to join the beta program. You should see the option to install “iOS 17 Public Beta” from that screen. Go back one screen and you should get an offer to download and install the beta.


Once you have enrolled your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Your device should now detect the iOS 17 public beta. Click on "Download and Install" to start the installation process. Make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and has enough battery life to complete the installation.


Conclusion


Installing the iOS 17 public beta is an exciting way to try out the new features of the software before its official release.


However, it is crucial to back up your device before installing the beta version and remember that it may contain bugs. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can easily install the iOS 17 public beta on your iPhone or iPad and start exploring its new features today.

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