This guide will show you how to install the iOS 13 beta without a developer account. This method allows you to download the IPSW file to your Mac quickly and then install it using the new Music app in the macOS Catalina beta.
Apple announced the iOS 13 beta at WWDC and changed back to the older method of installing. This is to prevent more people from installing the iOS 13 beta without a developer account, but it is still possible. Apple does offer up an additional warning that thrill seekers should wait for the public iOS 13 beta this fall. If that sounds more your speed, this is how to sign up for the public iOS 13 beta and do things the way Apple wants you too.
You’ll need the iOS 13 beta IPSW, the macOS Catalina beta installed and a copy of the Xcode beta. You will also need to register your iPhone UDID in order for this to work. We’ll walk you through each part of this so you can start trying out the new iOS 13 features.
This is specifically for early adopters who want to try out the pre-release version of iOS 13 so that they can test the new features and see how they work. Officially you need to be part of the Apple Developer Program which is $99 a year, but there are is a way you can try the iOS 13 Developer beta without joining.
If you go this route, be ready to deal with more bugs than normal, especially during the first iOS 13 beta. Some users will be better off waiting for the public iOS 13 beta that arrives in the near future. Here’s a look at the current iOS 13 beta problems.
Before You Install the iOS 13 Beta Archive a Backup
You probably backup to iCloud, but it is a good idea to make a local backup and to then save it before you install the iOS 13 beta. This makes it easier to downgrade if there are too many issues or if you need to get back to iOS 12. If you don’t have a local backup it can take some time to complete, but it is worth it.
- Connect the iPhone to your computer with a Lightning cable.
- Open iTunes and Click on the device’s name.
- In the Backups section, click on This Computer.
- Choose Encrypt iPhone backup if you want to save passwords, health and HomeKit information.
- Click Back Up Now.
Once this is done you will want to Archive this backup so that it is not overwritten. On Mac, click on iTunes -> Preferences -> Devices. Then hold Control and click on the newest backup and then choose Archive.
How to Download the iOS 13 Beta
Apple only offers the iOS 13 beta to developers at this stage. The official way to sign up for the iOS 13 beta is to join the Developer Program. This is $99 a year and you sign up directly through Apple. With it, you get iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS betas as well as the ability to build apps and sell them on the app store.
The other option is to register your UDID with a third party site, download the IPSW for your specific device, download the macOS Catalina beta and the download the IPSW for your specific device and go through things in the unofficial matter.
Before you go this route, you need to check off the list of things you should do before installing the iOS 13 beta and read up on our reasons to and not to install the iOS 13 beta. You can also check out the iOS 13 beta problems that we know about. These go double for the iPadOS 13 beta.
When you download the iOS 13 IPSW make sure you download the macOS Catalina beta and Xcode beta since you will need both of these as well.
If you want to follow all the rules, sign up for the public Apple Beta program and wait for the iOS 13 public beta to arrive.
How to Install the iOS 13 Beta Without a Developer Account
Now that you are signed up as an Apple Developer or you have the iOS 13 beta IPSW on your computer. You are almost ready. There are a lot of steps and you need to follow all of them. You cannot do this on macOS Mojave or without registering your device as a developer device. Do not proceed if you don’t have a backup of your devices.
First off, you need to head over to this page to install the macOS Catalina beta on your Mac. You can install it on a separate partition if you don’t have a spare Mac.
Next, you need to make sure you register your iPhone’s UDID as a developer. If you are in the Apple Developer program you can do it there. If not, use a site like UDID Registrations. You cannot skip either of these steps.
Now you need to open Xcode on your Mac in the macOS Catalina Beta. You don’t need to create anything, but you need to open it.
- Turn off Find My iPhone in Settings.
- Plug your iPhone in to the Mac using a Lightning cable.
- Open Finder and click on iPhone in the left.
- Click Pair on your Mac and Trust on your iPhone.
- Hold Option and Click the Restore iPhone button.
- Choose the IPSW you downloaded earlier.
- Click Open and wait for the iOS 13 beta to install on your iPhone.
When the iPhone reboots, you should be able to use iOS 13 on your iPhone or iPadOS 13 on your iPad.
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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