How To: Download and Install iOS 16 Beta on Your iPhone Right Now

Download and Install iOS 16 Beta on Your iPhone Right Now

Apple showcased a ton of new iOS 16 features coming this fall to iPhone users everywhere, but you don't have to wait that long to get your hands on iOS 16. You can try it out right now if you're OK running beta software on your iPhone.

Tim Cook and company unveiled the new iOS 16 features on June 6, 2022, at WWDC22, Apple's latest Worldwide Developers Conference. The highlight of all the new features is definitely the Lock Screen customization options, which finally give Android a run for its money. There are also exciting updates to Messages, Focus, Dictation, Siri, Live Text, Maps, Wallet, Home Screen, and other Apple apps.

Note: The directions below also work for iPadOS 16 beta, but check out our iPadOS 16 installation guide for the full iPad instructions.

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iOS 16 Beta Release History

  • June 22: iOS 16.0 developer beta 2 (20A5303i)
  • June 6: iOS 16.0 developer beta 1 (20A5283p)

Compatible Devices

The iOS 16 beta is available on all of the following iPhone models. Apple dropped support for the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE (1st generation), so those devices are not supported on iOS 16.

  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8

Archive an iOS Backup

The iOS 16 beta may not be stable enough for your everyday iPhone use. If you ever want to downgrade immediately, you'll want to have an archived backup of iOS 15, but you can only create the backup before you install iOS 16.

Without an archived backup, you can wait until Apple releases the next stable iOS 15 update. When that happens, delete the iOS 16 Beta Software Profile on your iPhone, then go to Settings –> General –> Software Update to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 15 version as you usually would.

Method 1: Install with the OTA Developer Profile

The simplest way to install the iOS 16 beta on your iPhone is via the configuration profile on Apple's developer website. Follow the below instructions if you've never done so before. You will need a developer account to access the configuration profile. After completing the process, all future iOS 16 beta updates will be over the air (OTA) via the "Software Update" screen in Settings.

If you were sent a .mobileconfig file for the iOS 16 beta from your company, open it on your iPhone. If AirDropped the file, "Accept" it. Then, in either case, tap "Close" and proceed to step 5 below.

The second iOS 16 developer beta was released on June 22, 2022.

  1. Visit developer.apple.com/download in a browser on your iPhone.
  2. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and "Trust" the browser if it asks.
  1. Select "Install Profile" under the iOS 16 beta section. Alternatively, visit the "Install Profile" link.
  2. Tap "Allow" on the prompt, then "Close" after the configuration profile downloads.
  1. Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iOS 16 Beta Software Profile. Alternatively, tap the "Profile Downloaded" link on the Settings app's main page.
  2. Select "Install," enter your iPhone's passcode, and read the consent form.
  1. Tap "Install" and then "Install" again in the action sheet.
  2. Tap "Restart" if a prompt asks you to. Otherwise, continue.
  1. Connect your iPhone to a power source and ensure you're on a Wi-Fi network.
  2. Head to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Alternatively, tap the "iOS 16 Developer Beta Now Available" link on the Settings app's main page.
  3. Choose "Download and Install" if the software is not already downloading.
  4. Enter your passcode if asked.
  5. Tap "Agree" on the Terms & Conditions if it appears.
  6. Finish installing the iOS 16 beta like you would any other iOS update.

Method 2: Install with the IPSW Developer Restore Image

The configuration profile is the easiest way to install the iOS 16 beta, but you can also use a restore image if you want a fresh start. Follow the below instructions if you've never done so before. You will need a developer account to access the IPSW for your iPhone model.

The second iOS 16 developer beta was released on June 22, 2022. These instructions work on macOS Catalina (10.15), Big Sur (11), or Monterey (12).

  1. Visit developer.apple.com/download in a browser on your Mac.
  2. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and "Trust" the browser if it asks.
  3. Select "View all" under the iOS 16 beta section.
  4. Download the IPSW file for your iPhone model. (Links are also listed after these instructions for your convenience.)
  5. Open Finder.
  6. Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a Lightning to USB cable or Lightning to USB-C cable.
  7. If you see an "Unlock iPhone to Use Accessories" notification on your iPhone, unlock your iPhone using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode to proceed.
  8. Tap "Trust This Computer" if prompted on your iPhone, and follow the on-screen steps. You can always untrust the computer later.
  9. Select the name of your iPhone in the sidebar.
  10. Hold down the Option key and click "Check for Update" in the Summary panel.
  11. Choose the IPSW restore image you downloaded to your Mac, and click "Open."
  12. Click "Update" if prompted to let your Mac contact Apple to verify and install the iOS 16 beta.
  13. You may have to enter your passcode on your iPhone during the installation.
  14. Your iPhone will restart once Finder finishes installing the image.
  15. Follow the instructions on your iPhone to activate and set up iOS 16 beta.

IPSW Download Links

Make sure to download the link associated with your specific iPhone model. These are official Apple links to the iOS 16.0 developer beta 2 (20A5303i) restore images. You may be able to use these links if you are not a developer, but we recommend that you wait for the public beta (see the following method) since these versions are optimized for developers.

Method 3: Install with the OTA Public Profile (Coming Soon)

The iOS 16 public beta is not out yet. Once it becomes available, follow the below instructions. According to Apple, we'll see the first public beta sometime in July 2022. Apple released the first public beta of iOS 15 just 23 days after the first developer beta, so we may be looking at a similar timeline.

  1. Remove the iOS 15 public beta if one is on your iPhone. Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iOS 15 Beta Software Profile –> Remove Profile, enter your passcode, and confirm with "Remove."
  2. Visit beta.apple.com in a browser on your iPhone.
  3. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and "Trust" the browser if it asks.
  4. Read and "Accept" the Apple Beta Software Agreement if you see it.
  5. Tap the "enroll your iOS device" link. Alternatively, visit beta.apple.com/profile.
  6. Touch the "Download profile" link.
  7. Tap "Allow" on the pop-up to view the configuration profile, then "Close" when it finishes downloading.
  8. 'Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iOS 16 Beta Software Profile. Alternatively, tap the "Profile Downloaded" link on the Settings app's main page.
  9. Select "Install," enter your iPhone's passcode, and read the consent form.
  10. Tap "Install" and then "Install" again in the action sheet.
  11. Tap "Restart" if a prompt asks you to. Otherwise, continue.
  12. Connect your iPhone to a power source and ensure you're on a Wi-Fi network.
  13. Head to Settings –> General –> Software Update.
  14. Choose "Download and Install" if the software is not already downloading.
  15. Enter your passcode if asked.
  16. Tap "Agree" on the Terms & Conditions if it appears.
  17. Finish installing the iOS 16 beta like you would any other iOS update.

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