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How to Download and Install iOS 13 Public Beta on iPhone, iPad

By Carrie Murray, Friday, June 29, 2018

Updated on Monday, September 30, 2019: This way is available for installing iOS 13 on iPhone XR/XS/XS Max/8/8 Plus. You can follow the same steps to update your iOS.

You can now download and install iOS 12 public beta on iPhone, iPad via Apple's Beta Software Program. I myself have installed iOS 12 beta on my iPhone 6 yesterday and it works like a charm!

As you may have known, the main focus of iOS 12 is performance improvement. And based on my experience with my iPhone 6, I would have to say Apple has done a wonderful job this time. After updating to iOS 12, my old iPhone 6 runs significantly smoother, the apps load faster and I haven't noticed any bugs, battery or memory issues that were found in iOS 11 last year.

If you have a spare iPhone and would like to have a try of Apple's new features like group FaceTime, Screen Time, follow these steps to download and install iOS 12 public beta right now. The following steps are recommended by Apple and can protect your iPhone/iPad from data loss or other iOS update problems to the maximum extent possible

If you have tried it and don't like it, you may uninstall iOS 12 and downgrade to iOS 11 any time.

Download and Install iOS 12 Beta on iPhone/iPad

Step 1 Check iOS 12 compatible devices

First of all, check if your iPhone, iPad is compatible with iOS 12. Here are the devices that support iOS 12.

iPhone: iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s

iPad: 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd/1st generation, 10.5-inch/9.7-inch/9.6-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4/3/2 

iPod Touch: iPod Touch 6th generation

Step 2 Back up & Archive the Backup

In case that the installation doesn't go well, you are suggested to back up your iPhone, iPad with iTunes before update. And in case that you may want to downgrade to iOS 11, you should archive or copy the backup so that it won't be overwritten by new backup. Backups made on iOS 12 will not work when your device goes back to iOS 11.

Open iTunes, connect your device to iTunes and click Back up Now to make a backup. 

Backup iPhone on iTunes

When the backup is finished, if you are using iTunes on a Mac, go to Preference > Device, right-click the backup and select Archive.

Archive iTunes Backup

Tip: Since iTunes on Windows doesn't have the Archive option, to avoid the backup being overwritten, you may copy the backup to other location: go to User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ and copy the whole folder to other location.

Step 3 Download iOS 12 Beta

On your iPhone, iPad, go to Click Sign in and sign in with your Apple ID and password. If this is your first time to visit the Apple Beta Software Program, read and accept the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement.

Click Enroll your iOS device > Download profile. When asking your permission to show the configuration profile, click Allow.

When you see the iOS 12 Beta Software Profile, tap Install and enter your passcode. Follow the on-screen instruction to continue. Restart your iPhone when asked.

Download iOS 12 Beta

Step 4 Install iOS 12 Beta

After the phone reboots, go to Settings > General > Software Update and you'll see iOS 12 Public Beta. Tap Download and Install.

Install iOS 12 Public Beta

That's it. The iOS 12 will installed on your iPhone/iPad. You can then access all new features.

How Long Does iOS 12 Takes to Install

It takes 30 minutes to 1 hour + to download and install iOS 12 public beta on your iPhone, iPad. The installation time varies depending on the following factors:

  • Your device. If you have lots of data on the device, you'll need to spend more time on backing up the iPhone, iPad.

  • Your current version of iOS on your device. It takes longer time to download iOS 12 to devices with older version of iOS.

  • Wi-Fi connection speed.

Generally, it takes longer time to download a public beta than a official version. So when you feel like the iPhone, iPad is stuck in iOS 12 installation, just give it some time.

Unable to Install or Download iOS 12 Update

If you unable to install iOS 12 beta because an error occurred on updating, or when you tap to install iOS 12 beta, nothing happens, you can change to install iOS 12 with iTunes.

Step 1 Download IPSW file of iOS 12 beta from Apple official site.

Step 2 Get the latest version of iTunes on your computer and launch it.

Step 3 Connect your iPhone to computer and make a backup with iTunes.

Step 4 Put the device in DFU mode.

Step 5 On iTunes, select your device, press Option button on Mac (Shift button on Windows) while clicking on the Upgrade button.

Step 6 Choose the downloaded IPSW file to install iOS 12 beta on your device.

Add IPSW File

Stuck on Downloading and Installing iOS 12

If unfortunately, the installation of iOS 12 goes wrong on your iPhone and your iPhone won't turn on, get stuck at Recovery mode, DFU mode, white Apple logo screen, or your iPhone/iPad doesn't work properly after installing iOS 12, you may fix the device with FonePaw iOS System Recovery.

iOS System Recovery

The program is used to fix various system problems on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, including iPhone is bricked by iOS 12 beta, iPhone is frozen or unresponsive, etc. Also, you can downgrade iOS 12 beta to iOS 11 with the program. Here is how to repair iPhone on iOS 12 beta with the program.

Step 1 Install FonePaw iOS System Recovery on a PC or Mac.


Step 2 Open the program and connect your device to the computer.

Step 3 It will detect that your device is abnormal. Click Confirm to start to fix it.

Step 4 Put your iPhone/iPad in Recovery mode following the on-screen instruction.

Step 5 The program will detect your device information. Make sure the info is correct.

Step 6 Click Repair. The program will fix your device to normal. After repair, your iPhone will revert to iOS 11.4.

Repair iPhone on iOS 12

If you have any question about installing iOS 12 on iPhone, iPad, leave your question below.

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