If you want to download the iOS 13 public beta to try out some of the exciting new features, you need to sign up for the Apple Beta program which includes the iOS beta program. This is the official way to install the iOS 13 beta without a developer account, and it is more user-friendly.
The first iOS 13 public beta is now available through the iOS beta program from Apple. It takes a few minutes to sign up, and even if you didn’t get in early, you should still be able to sign up and download the iOS 13 beta today.
Keep in mind this is a beta, so you will experience some macOS Catalina problems and while you can test some of the new iOS 13 features, not all of them will be there on day one. We have more on the reasons you should and shouldn’t install the iOS 13 beta if you’re on the fence.
How to Sign Up for the iOS 13 Beta
The public iOS 13 beta is available through the Apple Beta Program, and it is free to join. You don’t need to pay $99 like you do as a developer and you don’t need to pay any third party website to join. Apple traditionally keeps the public beta on a slight delay to avoid any major bugs or issues that you may see on the developer beta. If you already signed up for the iOS 12 beta last year, you may be able to sign in and simply say you are interested instead of signing up for the public iOS 13 beta all over again. Here’s what you need to do.
- Go to the Apple Beta Program website
- Click the Sign-Up Button.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Read and agree to the iOS 13 Beta Agreement
The beta agreement can limit what information you can share about using the iOS 13 beta. It also addresses some of the limitations of beta software and where you should and shouldn’t use it.
Apple typically doesn’t form a waiting list, but it can take a few minutes or longer to process the application and provide access. Once you are a part of the beta program you will get access to what you need to install the public iOS 13 beta.
How to Install the iOS 13 Public Beta
While the iOS 13 public beta is not out yet, these instructions will walk you through what you need to do once Apple releases it. You won’t be able to download the iOS 13 public beta profile from Apple until that happens, but once it does you can use the directions below. You can install the public iOS 13 beta directly to your iPhone or iPad without a computer.
- Click on the iOS tab.
- Click on enroll your iOS device.
- Backup your iPhone or iPad and take these steps.
- Go to beta.apple.com/profile on your iPhone.
- Install the iOS 13 Beta Profile.
- Check for a new iOS update on your iPhone.
- Install the iOS 13 public beta as you would any other update.
The public iOS 13 beta allows you to try out some of the new iOS 13 features, but you won’t have access to them all on day one. Apple often adds in several features with each update and will release many public betas through the full release that we expect in early September.
Backup Your Data
If you don't have a ton of time to commit to the pre-installation process, make sure you at least follow this step. It's extremely important.
Data loss issues are rare these days, but there's always a chance something goes wrong. If you store sensitive data on your device, you'll want to make sure everything is backed up before you move from iOS 12 to iOS 13 beta.
Many of you already know how to backup your data, but if you need assistance, we've got some guides that will take you through the process.
We have a guide that will take you through the iTunes backup process. If you want to avoid iTunes, and we don't blame you if you do, we also have a guide that goes over the backup process via iCloud.
If you store a ton of data on your device this could take awhile so remain patient.