We’re getting closer to the start of the public iOS 15 beta which means we’re getting closer to the next iOS 15 release date. With the public iOS 15 beta release just weeks away, those of you who want to try iOS 15 without becoming a developer should start preparing for its arrival.
As expected, Apple confirmed iOS 15 during its WWDC 2021 keynote. The new operating system brings a number of interesting changes to the iPhone including upgrades to Messages, FaceTime, Maps, and more.
It’s an extensive upgrade and one that you can try out on your iPhone right now provided you have a compatible device and the right credentials.
- Prepare for the Public iOS 15 Beta Release Date
- Read Apple’s Beta Rules & Conditions
- Learn How to Install iOS Beta Software
- Get Familiar with iOS 15 & Older iOS Updates
- Get Ready for iOS 15 Beta Problems
- Monitor iOS 15 Beta Feedback
- Learn How to Downgrade
- Avoid the iOS 15 Beta If You’re Jailbroken
- Be Careful with the watchOS Beta
iOS 15 Release Date
The official iOS 15 release date won’t land until the fall, probably in September alongside the iPhone 13 series, but you can try the software on your iPhone today.
If you’re unfamiliar, the iOS 15 beta is early version of the company’s new operating system. It gives developers and soon, those enrolled in Apple’s Beta Software Program, a chance to try new features and test for bugs and performance issues before the final version arrives.
The iOS 15 beta is currently limited to developers, but Apple says it will release the public iOS 15 beta in July.
Installing the iOS 15 beta right away is tempting. However, a lot of you will want either wait for the public beta or stay put on iOS 14.
The iOS 15 beta is pre-release software which means it’s unfinished and the first iOS 15 beta is plagued with problems that Apple will have to fix during the testing period.
If you decide to install the iOS 15 beta, you’ll want to come into the installation as prepared as possible. This is particularly true if this will be your first time using iOS beta software.
If you’re thinking about installing the iOS 15 beta on your iPhone, here are some tips that will come in handy as we push toward the public beta release.
Prepare for the Public iOS 15 Beta Release Date
If you plan to install the public iOS 15 beta on your iPhone, you should use this time to prepare yourself, and your device, for its arrival.
The public iOS 15 beta download will likely be massive. If you don’t have a ton of room on your phone you’ll need to delete files to make room for the operating system.
Data loss issues are fairly rare, but you’ll want to err on the side of caution and backup all of your data before you move your iPhone to the public iOS 15 beta.
If you want to install the public iOS 15 beta when it drops, your iPhone will need a solid charge. Make sure your phone has at least a 50% charge or you’re near a charger.
Finally, make sure you have your Apple ID and other logins handy. There’s always a chance the installation logs you out of apps and services so you’ll want to have those on hand so you can get right back to using them.
Read Apple’s iOS Beta Rules
If you’ve never installed an iOS beta on your iPhone and you’re interested in trying the iOS 15 beta, you’ll want to go over Apple’s rules and regulations.
If you don’t want to join Apple’s developer program, and most of you won’t because it requires you to pay Apple, you’ll need to join the Beta Software Program.
If this will be your first time trying a public iOS beta, make sure you read Apple’s FAQ on the Beta Software Program. It goes over the important do’s and don’ts.
Learn How to Install iOS Beta Software
If this will be your first time trying an iOS beta on your iPhone, you’ll want to get familiar with the installation process right now.
To help you get ready, we’ve put together a guide that’ll take you through the right way to install an iOS beta on your iPhone. If you find the instructions intimidating, you might want to hold off on until you feel more confident.
Installing the iOS 15 beta will likely take 15 minutes or longer. If at any point during the installation you feel uncomfortable, stop. The beta will be available until the fall so there’s no need to rush.
Get Familiar with iOS 15 & Older iOS Updates
You should get familiar with iOS 15 before you download the beta.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through all of the known changes coming to the iPhone in iOS 15. It’s a good place to start.
If you’re lingering on an old version of iOS, you’ll want to get familiar with the most recent versions of iOS 14 because the changes from any updates you’ve skipped will be baked into your version of the iOS 15 beta.
Get Ready for iOS 15 Beta Problems
Again, the iOS 15 beta is pre-release software which means it’s buggy and unstable.
It’s difficult to predict what kind of performance you’ll get while running the beta and that’s precisely why you’ll want to be ready to fix any issues that popup.
Some iOS 15 beta problems will require a fix from Apple, but some of the issues you should be able to fix on your own.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS problems. If you don’t consider yourself an expert iOS user, you’ll want to bookmark that page or commit some of those fixes to memory. We’ve also released guides to fixing bad iOS 15 beta battery life and iOS performance.
We also recommend following Apple Support on Twitter and bookmarking the Apple Support page on the company’s website. You’ll also want to get familiar with Apple’s Discussion forums because there are lots of knowledgable users on there.
The MacRumors forums are also a great place to find fixes and feedback about iOS beta software.
Monitor iOS 15 Beta Feedback
If this will be your first time trying an iOS beta and/or you’re using an older iPhone model, we recommend waiting a few hours or, in some cases, a few days before installing the public iOS 15 beta.
Older devices typically have the most trouble with new software and new operating systems in particular. If you own an older version of the iPhone, be careful.
When Apple releases the public iOS 15 beta, it might be signing on one or two versions of iOS 14. This will allow you to drop back to these versions of iOS if you run into issues while running the beta.
That said, Apple isn’t signing on iOS 14.5 and below which means there’s no dropping back to those versions of iOS. That’s a big deal if you’re having a really good experience on older iOS 14 software.
If you move to the iOS 15 beta from iOS 14.5 or older, you won’t be able to get back. So, make sure you’re confident about your move to beta software. Digging through feedback from beta testers will help.
We expect a ton of feedback about bugs and performance so if you’re feeling uneasy, make sure you comb through reports from early adopters.
If you aren’t feeling confident about the move from iOS 14 to iOS 15 beta, you might want to wait for more long-term feedback from testers.
Learn How to Downgrade
If the iOS 15 beta starts causing problems on your iPhone, and you can’t seem to fix the issue(s), you might have to downgrade back to iOS 14.
If you already know how to downgrade, you’re good to go. If you aren’t familiar with the downgrade process, you’ll want to get familiar with it right now. That way, you aren’t scrambling if iOS 15 starts acting up on your iPhone.
For more on the downgrade process, take a look at our walkthrough.
Avoid the iOS 15 Beta If You’re Jailbroken
If you’re hoping for an iOS 15 beta jailbreak, don’t hold your breath.
Jailbreak developers could surprise us, but don’t expect them to burn their exploits on pre-release software.
If you still jailbreak your devices, you’ll need to stay put on an older version of iOS 14 and keep an eye out for new jailbreak details as we push through the summer.
Be Careful with the watchOS Beta
If you want to try Apple’s watchOS 8 beta you’ll need to download iOS 15 beta. If you plan to download both of them, know the potential risks.
Unfortunately, you can’t downgrade your Apple Watch’s software once you move it to the watchOS 8 beta. So if at any point you decide you no longer want to use the iOS 15 beta, you can downgrade your phone to iOS 14, but that will essentially render your Apple Watch useless because it won’t be able to pair your phone.
Install to Help Improve Apple Improve iOS 15
Trying new features before they are officially released is exciting, but that's just part of it. Using the iOS 15 beta will also help Apple squash issues before they reach millions of iPhone users around the world.
Your feedback about the iOS 15 beta's performance could help the company discover a nasty bug or a glitch ahead of the final release later this year.
If you're sick of dealing with issues or sick of hearing friends and family complain about problems, think about giving the iOS 15 beta a try.
If you decide to download the iOS 15 beta and find an issue on board, make sure you report it to Apple. This way, engineers can get to work on a permanent fix.
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