9 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 10.2.1 Beta

The iOS 10.2.1 update is confirmed and you can try it right now via the iOS 10.2.1 beta. If you do decide to give the software a try, this guide will help you prepare your iPhone or iPad for the early version of iOS 10.2.1.

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The iOS 10.2 update’s only been out for a few days and Apple’s already confirmed its next release. The iOS 10.2.1 update is official and it will be coming to all iOS 10-powered devices at some point in the future. A release date hasn’t been confirmed.

While most of you will want to wait for the official version to roll out, others might want to give the iOS 10.2.1 update a shot right now.

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An iOS 10.2.1 beta is available for all devices capable of running iOS 10. The list includes the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and others.

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The iOS 10.2.1 update (in its current state) is small but it’s still 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 10.2.1 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 update.

Our guide outlines some of the things we think you should do before you install the iOS 10.2.1 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.

Read Apple's Beta Rules & Conditions

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Read Apple's Beta Rules & Conditions

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 10.2.1 beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

If you decide you want to download the iOS 10.2.1 beta for your device, you'll want to first go over the rules and regulations for Apple's iOS beta software process.

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Getting the iOS 10.2.1 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 10.2.1 developer beta you'll want to take a look at Apple's beta website for developers

If you want to download the iOS 10.2.1 beta for free, you'll need to join the Beta Software Program. Like the developer beta, Apple's Beta Software Program has some rules that you'll want to follow. 

Before you download and install iOS 10.2.1 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. 

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