The iOS 10.2 update is confirmed and you can try Apple’s latest update long before its official release thanks to a beta. If you decide to give the early software a shot, this guide will help you prepare your iPhone or iPad for the iOS 10.2 beta.
In September, Apple pulled the iOS 10 update out of beta and released it for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iOS 10 update brings new features and more to select devices. It also, as we’ve learned, brings problems.
Apple’s iOS 10.1.1 and iOS 10.1 updates took care of several annoying issues but there are still lingering iOS 10 problems on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It’s not clear when Apple’s next iOS 10 update will roll out though the company’s confirmed a new version of iOS 10 dubbed iOS 10.2.
The iOS 10.2 update is official and an early version of it is available right now ahead of an unknown release date.
The iOS 10.2 beta is available for all devices capable of running iOS 10. The list includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, and others.
The changes on board the iOS 10.2 beta make it a tempting proposition for developers and those looking to test new features and gauge performance ahead of its final release.
If you decide to give the iOS 10.2 beta a try before the official release, you need to be careful. Early software is extremely unpredictable and it can (and probably will) cause problems on your device. This is precisely why you’ll want to prepare yourself, and your device, for the iOS 10.2 beta.
Our guide outlines some of the things we think you should do before you install the iOS 10.2 beta on your iPhone or iPad. This is aimed at new users but some of these tips might come in handy for veteran beta users as well.
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These are the steps that we usually take before we install iOS beta software but know that you do not need to follow every single one of these before you download and install iOS 10.2 beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
If you decide you want to download the iOS 10.2 beta for your device, you'll want to first go over the rules and regulations for Apple's iOS beta software process.
Getting the iOS 10.2 beta on board your iPhone or iPad is actually very easy but there are some guidelines that you'll need to follow once you commit to doing so.
If you're thinking about downloading and installing the paid iOS 10.2 developer beta you'll want to take a look at Apple's beta website for developers. It will take you through the most important info related to the developer version of the beta.
If you want to download the iOS 10.2 beta for free, you'll need to join the Beta Software Program. Like the developer beta, Apple's Beta Software Progam has some rules that you'll want to follow.
Before you download and install iOS 10.2 beta, read Apple's FAQ on the Beta Software Program because it will answer many of your burning questions and help you understand some of the important do's and don'ts.