If you decide to try the iOS 13 beta on your iPhone you’ll want to spend some time preparing yourself, and your device, for the move.
As expected, Apple confirmed its new iOS 13 operating system during its WWDC 2019 keynote. The company confirmed many of the features coming to the iPhone. We expect the list of changes to grow in the months ahead.
Apple’s put the iOS 13 update into beta testing ahead of an official release this fall. The beta is available to those in the developer program and the company will launch it for public beta testers this summer.
Once the public iOS 13 beta arrives, anyone with a working Apple ID will be able to try iOS 13 on a compatible iPhone. Remember, iOS 13 doesn’t support the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5s.
Trying the iOS 13 beta is tempting. It comes with a bunch of intriguing changes including Dark Mode and performance enhancements for Face ID and apps.
While some of you might want to wait for Apple to fix some of the beta’s initial problems, others might want to take the plunge and install the beta today or in the near future.
If you do decide to install the iOS 13 beta, be careful. This is pre-release software and it’s plagued with a variety of bugs and performance issues. It could have a major impact on your day-to-day if you install it on your primary device.
You can’t predict the exact list of issues you’ll encounter so it’s important to prepare. This is especially important if this is your first time installing a beta.
To assist you, we’ve put together a pre-installation guide that will walk you through all of the steps we normally take before we install an iOS beta.
This might take 10 minutes for some of you. Others might need 30 minutes, or longer, to get through everything. This might seem tedious, but taking these steps will help you avoid major headaches today and down the road.
Read Apple's Beta Rules & Conditions
If this is your first time trying an iOS beta, make sure you read through Apple's rules before you download the software.
If you want to download the beta right now you need a developer account. If you decide to go with the iOS 13 developer beta, make sure you take a look at Apple's beta website for developers.
This page goes over everything you need to know before, and after, you join Apple's developer program.
If you don't want to pay to use the beta, you'll need to wait for the public iOS 13 beta. It will land sometime this summer
In order to download the public iOS 13 beta, you need to join the Beta Software Program. And like the developer beta, the public beta program has some rules you'll want to follow.
Before you download the iOS 13 beta on your iPhone, make sure you read Apple's FAQ on the Beta Software Program.
The company advises most people to wait "for the many bug fixes and refinements coming to the public beta later this month."
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