How to install the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 beta right now
Want access to widgets, Siri updates, and more? Here’s how to install the iOS 14 beta.
If you own an iPhone or iPad and really can’t wait to try out iOS 14, the latest mobile operating system from Apple, you can now install the public beta. Announced at WWDC 2020, iOS 14 will not fully release to the public until the fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t run it now.
Before you rush off to install the iOS 14 beta, just know that while it’s pretty stable from my testing so far, you might not want to run it on your primary device. Everything from apps you rely on not working to random reboots, to issues with AirPods could all happen while it’s in the beta stages, so just make sure you’re okay with that before you continue.
If you’re okay with some (possible) interruptions with iOS over the next few months, here’s how to install the iOS 14 beta on your devices.
How to install the iOS 14 beta
As always, the first step is to make sure your device will be supported by iOS 14. This year, any device that could run iOS 13 is also compatible with iOS 14, which means anything newer than the iPhone 6S. Then it’s time to back up your device to iCloud, just in case you need to revert back to iOS 13 in the future.
Backup your stuff:
- Open Settings > Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen
- Once inside your account, go to iCloud > scroll down to iCloud Backup and turn the option on
- Then tap Back up now
Now you have a back up of your precious data, it’s time to grab the beta
- Open Safari while on your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, and go to Apple’s Beta Software Program site. You need to do this on Safari as it won’t work on any other browser. Sign in with your Apple ID information and agree to the terms & conditions.
- Then enroll your device iPhone/iPad by downloading the iOS 14 public preview profile
- Scroll down to the Install Profile section of the website, tap on Download Profile and tap Allow on the pop-up
- Once downloaded, go to Settings and tap the new section at the top, Profile Downloaded. Then install the profile
- Your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch will then restart to finish the profile install
- Once the restart is finished, go back to Settings > General > Software Update to install the iOS 14 Public Beta update
You’ll now be on the iOS 14 beta, and your device will get any updates of iOS 14 over-the-air, so you don’t have to do anything manually. You’ll probably get an update every two weeks before the full release, or maybe less frequently as COVID-19 precautions have slowed down development time everywhere. Enjoy using the new features ahead of everyone else before the full release of iOS 14 in the fall.
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