This guide shows you how to leave the iOS 14 beta and upgrade to the official iOS 14 release without worrying about getting the next set of iOS 14.0.1 and iOS 14.1 beta releases. If you are ready to go from the iOS 14 beta to the official iOS 14 update today, or from the iPadOS 14 beta to the official release, this is what you need to do.
This guide works to help you update from the iOS 14 beta to the official iOS 14 release. If you don’t do this, your iPhone or iPad will continue to install beta versions of iOS 14 for the next year.
Here’s how to remove the iOS 14 beta profile or iPadOS 14 beta profile and go to the official release. Before you switch from the iOS 14 beta to the official release, you should make sure you have a good backup in case anything goes wrong. If you’re trying to get off the iOS 14 beta and go back to iOS 13, use this guide.
You can do this on your iPhone or you can use your computer. Either method works the same and is pretty easy to complete.
How to Update from iOS 14 beta to iOS 14 on Your Phone or iPad
The simplest way to update from the iOS 14 beta to the official release is on your iPhone or iPad. Grab your device and we can get started.
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Tap on General.
- Scroll and tap on Profiles.
- Tap the iOS Beta Software Profile.
- Tap Remove Profile.
- If needed enter your passcode and then tap on Delete.
- Shut down your iPhone or iPad and then restart it.
As soon as a new version of iOS 14 comes out, your iPhone or iPad will install it and you will be on the official version.
How to Update from iOS 14 beta to iOS 14 With iTunes or Finder
While it takes a little more time and a little more prep, you can do this on your Mac with iTunes. You’ll need a lightning cable, your Mac, and the iPhone or iPad.
- Turn your iPhone off.
- Plug it into your Mac and then press the Side and Volume Down button to enter Recovery Mode. Keep holding these until your iPhone boots into recovery mode.
- Click Update when your Mac pop’s up a message saying, “There is a problem with the iPhone…”
- Click Update again when it appears on the screen.
- When prompted, click Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
If you choose to update, you will keep all the information on your iPhone in place. If you choose Restore, it will wipe your iPhone completely and you will need to start over from scratch.
Once your iPhone installs the update and reboots you will be on the latest version of iOS 14 and off the beta.
Install iOS 14.8.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.8.1 right away.
The iOS 14.8.1 update brings 12 new security patches to the iPhone. You can read about all of them over on Apple's site.
If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.8.1 update in the near future.
If you missed iOS 14.8, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 14.7.1, you'll get its patch with your upgrade. If you want to learn more about iOS 14.7.1's security update, check out its support page.
If you missed iOS 14.7, you'll get its 31 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 14.6, you'll get the update's 38 security patches with your iOS 14.8.1 update. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.8.1. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.8.1. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.8.1 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.8.1 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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