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iOS 16.1 Public Beta 2 is Here: How To Install It

The iOS 16.1 Public Beta 2 is here, bringing several new features to your iPhone, including customizable lock screens, intelligent cropping features, and the ability to unsend text messages. It's an exciting release and packs a punch with a large list of new features.

This tutorial will walk you through the Apple Beta Software Program enrollment so you can install the latest beta version of iOS on your iPhone and test your apps.

Xcode for Developers

If you're a mobile developer, it's crucial that you stay up-to-date on all the latest features and ensure your mobile applications function and perform optimally for your users. There's nothing worse than an OS version launch where your application stops working!

So, if you're installing the latest iOS beta for mobile development purposes, make sure to check out the Xcode Device Support Files repository on GitHub. These support files will be required to install on your Mac before you can test mobile app updates on your device.

It's best practice to check this repository before installing anything to ensure the support files are available. If they're not, you'll need to wait until they're released before you can test development apps on your device.

Eligible Devices

To enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program, you'll need a device eligible for the latest update. Here is a full list of the devices that can install iOS 16.1 Beta:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)

Back Up Your iPhone Before Going Further

Getting your hands on the latest and greatest can be exciting, but you should still take extra precautions before upgrading. Since this version of iOS is still in the beta stages, bugs may exist that could make your device hard to navigate or even unusable.

Before you move forward with any upgrade, you should always back up for your iPhone. You can do this on your device by going to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Backup and tapping the Back Up Now button.

iPhone backup screens

You can create an additional backup on your Mac through the Finder application. Connect your device to your Mac computer, open Finder, choose your device, then create a backup.

Sign Up for the Apple Beta Software Program

Now that you have a reliable backup of your iPhone, you can enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program.

To enroll, follow these steps:

  • 1. Go to the Apple Beta Software Program website in the Safari browser on your iPhone.
  • 2. Tap the Sign Up button at the bottom of the screen.

Apple Beta Software Program screen

  • 3. Tap the "Continue with Passcode" button in the native popup window, then enter your device's passcode when prompted.
  • 4. Scroll about half way down the page and tap on the enroll your iOS device link.
  • 5. Tap the Download Profile button. You'll receive a native prompt requesting permission to download a configuration profile to your device. Tap the Allow option to proceed.

Download the iOS Beta configuration profile

Install the Configuration Profile

Now that the iOS 16.1 Beta configuration profile is available on your device, open the Settings application. You'll see a new option near the middle of the screen titled Profile Downloaded. Tap this option, then tap the Install link in the top-right corner to install the profile.

Install the iOS Beta configuration profile

Download & Install the iOS 16.1 Public Beta

Before installing the latest iOS version, you'll need to ensure you have at least 50% battery power and a solid WiFi connection or plug your device into an electrical socket to charge while it does its magic.

Tap the Download and Install button to get started with the process. The download size is large, over 5 GB, and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours, so make sure you're running these updates when you won't need your phone.

Install iPhone Updates

Troubleshooting Tips: If you try to install updates but don't see the Download and Install button, you may need to either wait a few minutes, restart your device, or clear enough storage space to download the latest update.

Conclusion

Once the installation process is complete, you can check out all the latest features the iOS 16.1 Public Beta has to offer.

Make sure to check back on your device frequently for additional Public Beta releases, as they tend to appear regularly.

Last Updated: September 22, 2022
Created: August 25, 2022

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