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How to Download the iOS 18 Beta on Your iPhone

How to Download the iOS 18 Beta on Your iPhone

iOS 18 not only brings further personalized settings, but also adds many thoughtful and convenient features, attracting a lot of users to try it, so how to upgrade iOS 18 Beta? The following is OTOFLY's guide to share with you the iOS 18 Beta download and update and mention some precautions.

What to know before you download the iOS 18 developer beta

Please keep in mind 3 things before downloading iOS 18 Beta:

  1. The iPhone you have must be a supported model for iOS 18.
  2. Back up your phone data.
  3. iOS 18 Beta is unstable, please consider using it with caution.

If you are worried about such problems, it is recommended that you can wait until the official version of iOS 18 is launched in September.

Which iPhone models will get iOS 18?

The list of iOS 18 supported models released by Apple can be found that it is basically the same as iOS 17, which means that if your phone can be updated to iOS 17, you can use iOS 18.

  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11 models
  • iPhone 12 models
  • iPhone 13 models
  • iPhone 14 models
  • iPhone 15 models
  • iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd gen)

In addition to the above 24 models, the four models of the iPhone 16 launched in September are also equipped with iOS 18, so a total of 28 iPhone models can support iOS 18 updates.

Back up your iPhone before installing the iOS 18 Developer Beta

One of the things you must do before upgrading to iOS 18 is to backup your phone, which is crucial for downgrading back to iOS 17. It is recommended that you use the computer to backup your iPhone, the file will be more complete.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and open Finder or iTunes.
  • Select “Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac”.
  • Finally, tap Back Up Now.

Back up your iPhone before installing the iOS 18 Developer Beta

How to install the iOS 18 developer beta

Since iOS 17, Apple has changed to requiring registration as an Apple Developer to download Developer Beta. If you don't see the iOS 18 Developer Beta in the "Beta Updates," or if you don't see the "Beta Updates" option at all, you'll need to register as a developer on Apple's developer website first. (A developer fee of $99 per year is required.)

If your Apple ID has been registered with Apple Developer before, you can skip step 1.

Step 1. Become an Apple Developer

Method 1: Join the Public Beta

  • Go to Apple's Beta web and click Sign up.
  • Then enter your Apple ID.
  • Tap Agree and Continue to authorize.
  • Finish registering as an Apple Developer.

Method 2: Join Apple Developer

  • Go to Apple's developer website.
  • Click the "Account" option at the top.
  • Sign in to your Apple ID.
  • Slide to the bottom and check the box to agree to the Terms of Use.
  • Below you can choose whether to receive relevant information from Apple developers.
  • Finally, click "Submit".

Just choose one of the two registration methods, and after registering as an Apple developer, you can check the settings to see if "Beta Update" and "iOS 18 Developer Beta" appear.

Step 2. Get the iOS 18 Beta Update

Once qualified for the Apple Developer, you can install iOS 18 Beta via Settings.

  • Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • Click "Beta Updates".
  • Select "iOS 18 Developer Beta".

What to do if the Beta Updates cannot be displayed?

  1. Make sure that the Apple Developer website you just registered is the same as the Apple ID you are currently logged in with.
  2. Try to restart your iPhone or log out of your Apple ID account in iOS Settings and log in again.

Step 3. Update iPhone to iOS 18 Beta

Return to “Software Update”, once the beta is download, you can see the iOS 18 beta, click "Install Now".

If you find that you cannot download, make sure that your iPhone device has enough space, the blocking OTA description file has been removed, and you have enough power or use WiFi to upgrade.

Update iPhone to iOS 18 Beta

iOS 18 Beta update guide summary

The above way to download and update iOS 18 Beta version is shared with you, if you are interested, you can have a try of iOS 18.

If you don't want to pay to sign up as a developer, you can wait for the iOS 18 public beta, the exact date of which Apple hasn't announced, but is likely to be released in early July.

If you don't like the beta, then you'll have to wait for the official version of iOS 18. Historically, Apple releases a new iOS every September and iOS 18 is expected to be no different.

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