Apple’s software update is an exciting feature works seamless without glitches. Whenever Apple launches new operating system you can register your Mac and iPhone for the beta software program. Though this is meant for developers to test and fix the bugs, anyone can register the device to check the features before they are available for public. But the problem is after the release of public versions you should manually opt out of the beta programs to update your devices with the public version. Otherwise you will still get the beta updates and you may miss some apps available in public version. In this article, let us explain how to opt out of iOS and macOS beta programs.
Note: This article explains opting out process if you have installed iOS / macOS through Apple Beta Software Program. However, this is no more required for the latest iOS macOS versions. You can simply install beta / developer versions from settings and then opt out when stable version is available for update. Learn more on how to install iOS developer version and macOS developer version from device settings.
Opt Out of iOS Beta (Installed Through Beta Program)
Tap on “Settings” app on your iPhone and navigate to “General” section. Scroll down and tap on “Profiles & Device Management” option. If you don’t have any devices to manage then the option may show “Profiles”.
Tap on the “iOS Beta Software Profile” under “Configuration Profile” section.
Tap “Remove Profile”.
Enter the iPhone passcode and confirm the profile removal. Now that you have opted out of the beta software program and your iPhone will not receive any more beta updates. Go to “Settings > General > Software Update” and check for the latest stable iOS version. If you still beta version, go to “Settings > General > Shut Down” to shutdown your phone. Restart the phone again and check for the software update, now it should show the commercial iOS version. In case of problems, you need to unenroll the iPhone as explained in the below section on this article.
Switching to Stable iOS Version from Settings App
If you have installed beta / developer beta version from Settings app, then it is easy to opt out without lengthy process.
- Go to “Settings > General > Software Update” section.
- Tap on “Beta updates” and select “Off” option to turn off beta updates.
- Wait till the time stable iOS version is released and then navigate back to “Settings > General > Software Update” section.
- You will find the latest stable version is showing at the bottom section.
- Tap on it and choose whether you want to install it immediately or schedule for tonight.
Opt Out of macOS Beta (Installed Through Beta Program)
If you are using macOS Monterey or earlier version, click on the Apple logo on top left corner and go to “System Preferences > Software Update” section.
Under the left pane you will see a message like “This mac is enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program”. Click on the “Details…” link as shown in the below picture.
One the next popup, click on “Restore Defaults” button and confirm the change by entering administrator password of your Mac.
Now, Mac will check for the software update and update the latest available commercial version.
If you are using macOS Ventura, Sonoma or later, go to “Apple Logo menu > System Settings… > General > Software Update” section. You will see the details within Settings app.
Switching to Stable macOS Version from Settings App
If you have installed macOS beta / developer beta version through Settings app, you can simply switch back to stable version when it is released.
- Go to “Apple Logo menu > System Settings… > General > Software Update” section.
- Click the information icon showing at the end of “Bet updates” and choose “Off” option to turn it off.
- When Apple releases stable macOS version, you will see it in the bottom section of the “Software Update” section.
- Select the available update and install it on your Mac to replace the previously installed beta version.
Completely Unenrolling Your Devices
Though you can remove the beta versions as explained in the above methods, your devices are still enrolled in the beta program. This means you will get occasional developer updates from Apple. If you completely want to opt out of the beta programs then go to Apple’s beta site and scroll down to “How do I leave the program?” section. Click on the “Sign in” link and login with your Apple id.
On the next screen, again scroll to the end section and click on “Leave Apple Beta Software Program” link.
Click on the “Leave Program” button to confirm. You will see a success message showing that “You have successfully left the Apple Beta Software Program”.