Installing iOS beta can be an exciting opportunity for iPhone and iPad users to get a glimpse of new features and improvements before they are officially released. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of installing IPSW beta files on your iOS device.
Please note that beta versions may contain bugs and stability issues, so it’s recommended to install them on non-primary devices or backup your data beforehand.
Will I lose my data when updating using this method?
No, if you follow each step in this tutorial, you will not lose any data, especially be careful at step 6.
Step 1: Prepare Your Device
Before you start the installation process, make sure you have a compatible iPhone or iPad model and have backed up your data using iCloud or iTunes. Additionally, ensure that your device has enough battery life or is connected to a power source during the installation process.
Step 2: Download the IPSW Beta File
To install the beta version, you need download the corresponding beta IPSW file from Apple’s Developer Program website or anywhere else on the internet. These files are typically directly hosted from Apple’s servers with a domain name starting with ‘updates.cdn-apple.com’.
Step 3: Connect Your Device to a Computer
Connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC using a Lightning cable. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes (Windows) or Finder (Mac) installed on your computer.
Step 4: Launch iTunes or Finder
Once your device is connected, launch iTunes (Windows) or Finder (Mac) to prepare for the installation process.
Step 5: Put Your Device in Recovery Mode
To proceed, you will need to put your device in recovery mode. The steps to enter recovery mode differ depending on the model of your device. Here’s how it’s done:
For iPhone 8 and later models:
- Press and release the volume up button.
- Press and release the volume down button.
- Press and hold the side button until you see the recovery mode screen.
For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:
- Press and hold the volume down button and the side button simultaneously.
- Keep holding both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
For iPad or iPhone 6s and earlier models:
- Press and hold the home button and the side (or top) button simultaneously.
- Continue holding both buttons until you see the recovery mode screen.
Step 6: Update Your Device
iTunes or Finder should now display a message indicating that it has detected your device in recovery mode. Click on the “Update” button while holding down the “Option” key (Mac) or the “Shift” key (Windows). This will allow you to select the IPSW beta file you downloaded earlier.
Step 7: Choose the IPSW Beta File
A file selection dialog box will appear. Navigate to the location where you saved the IPSW beta file, select it, and click “Open.”
Step 8: Begin the Installation Process
iTunes or Finder will now begin the installation process. The IPSW beta file will be extracted, and the software update will be applied to your device. Do not disconnect your device during this process, as it may result in an incomplete installation.
Step 9: Complete the Setup Process
After the installation is complete, your device will restart and display the “Hello” screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device. You may be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID and restore your data from a backup if desired.
Installing IPSW beta files on your iPhone or iPad allows you to explore upcoming features and enhancements. Remember to exercise caution and backup your data before proceeding with any beta installations. By following this step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to confidently install IPSW beta files and experience the latest iOS features before they become widely available to the public.