It is always fun to try out things much before they are available for general public use. And Apple’s iOS is not an exception for that. In fact it gives more excitement to use future iOS releases well ahead. So at this point of time Apple will release iOS 12 on this fall 2018. You can checkout the beta version on your additional device to experience the features in advance. Remember, using beta version of software is definitely not fun to be tried out on your regular device which you need to use daily. So, be clear to install the beta iOS 12 version only on your backup device.
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1. Backup Your Device
First thing you should do is to backup your current iPhone content. There are two ways to backup your iPhone. One is to use iCloud and other is to use iTunes and backup on your computer. If you don’t have iCloud account, we recommend using iTunes and create the backup. Ensure that you are using latest version of iTunes version.
2. Archive Your Backup
Once iTunes completed the backup of your iPhone, you need to create an archive or copy of the backup. In iTunes, go to ‘Preferences > Devices’ on your Mac. Find the latest backup just now completed and ‘control + click’ on that backup.
Select ‘Archive’ from the context menu. This will save the archive or copy of your backup to local Mac. Again right click on the backup and choose ‘Show in Folder’ option to view the location of the backup on your Mac.
In case if you use iTunes on Windows, then the backup will be available in the folder ‘\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\’. You can safely copy and keep it separately for restoring purpose.
If there are any problems in iOS 12 software installation, you should restore the content using the archived backup.
3. Register for Apple Beta Software Program
Apple beta software program allows you to test the pre-release versions of iOS, macOS and tvOS. Go to the official beta software program page on your iPhone and tap on the ‘Sign up’ button. Use your Apple account to login to the account.
Allow the access to your Apple id if you have enabled two factor authentication by entering the code.
4. Enroll Your iPhone
Once you have logged into the beta site, tap on iOS tab. Under ‘Getting Started’ section, tap on ‘enroll your iOS device’.
5. Install Profile
The next step is to download the configuration profile. Tab on the download profile link and then allow the site to open ‘Settings’.
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6. Download iOS 12
After installing configuration profile, go to ‘Settings > General > Software Update’. You will see the beta version available for download now. Tap on ‘Download and Install’ link to start downloading iOS 12 beta version.
7. Upgrade to iOS 12
7. Upgrade to iOS 12
After downloading the iOS beta version, install the software similar to any other upgrade. This will take time and your iPhone will restart with the new iOS 12 beta version.
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8. Risk in Using Beta Version
iOS beta version is not completely ready for public use. You will get a ‘Feedback Assistant’ app with iOS beta versions. Use the app to provide feedback to Apple when you feel something is not good at user experience.
- Some of the apps will stop working on beta versions.
- Sometimes app will behave strangely.
- Apps will crash unexpectedly.
- You will see a popup message saying that the app is not optimized for latest iOS.
- Avoid doing financial transactions on beta version to be safe and secure.
In summary, don’t try out beta version on your only iPhone that you can’t live without.
9. Reverting Back to Stable iOS Version
If everything goes wrong, don’t worry. You can simply erase the beta version and restore the stable iOS version. This process depends on your iPhone model. Basically connect iPhone to iTunes and then go to hard recovery mode on your phone. You will see ‘Restore’ option, tapping on that will erase all beta content and install the previous stable iOS version.
Once your phone ready with stable iOS version, restore the content from the archived backup.