How to Install iOS 13 Public Beta on iPhone

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    Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 13 for compatible iPhone and iPod touch models, enabling users who aren't signed up for the Apple Developer Program to test the software update ahead of its official release in the fall.

    iOS 13 introduces a swathe of new features and improvements, including a systemwide Dark Mode, a Find My app, a revamped Photos app and new Camera capabilities, new Siri voice, updated privacy features, new street-level view for Maps, and more.

    That said, iOS 13 is pre-release software, so installing the Public Beta on a secondary device is highly recommended. The stability of beta software cannot be guaranteed, as it often contains bugs and issues that have yet to be ironed out, so installing it on your day-to-day device isn't advised.

    Is iOS 13 Compatible With My iPhone or iPod touch?

    Apple's list of compatible devices confirms that iOS 13 is compatible with all of these iPhones:

    [*]iPhone XS
    [*]iPhone XS Max
    [*]iPhone XR
    [*]iPhone X
    [*]iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
    [*]iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
    [*]iPhone SE
    [*]iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
    [*]iPod touch (7th-generation)

    Installing the Public Beta shouldn't take longer than half an hour, but first you should create a backup of your device's contents and settings. The following step-by-step instructions are given for iPhone, but apply to iPod touch just the same.

    How to Create a Backup of Your Device in iTunes
    1. Connect your iOS device to a Mac or PC using a Lightning to USB cable.
      Open iTunes.
      Click the device's icon in the top-left menu.
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      Under Backups, click This computer.
      Tick the Encrypt iPhone backup checkbox if you want to back up your login credentials and any Health and HomeKit data.
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      Click Back Up Now.
      Click iTunes -> Preferences... in the macOS menu bar.
      Click the Devices tab.
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      Right-click (or Ctrl-click) the new backup, and select Archive from the contextual dropdown menu.
    How to Enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program
    Now that you've backed up your device, you're ready to download the iOS 13 Public Beta. To do so, you must enroll your iPhone or iPod touch in the free Apple Beta Software Program.
    1. Open Safari on your iOS device and navigate to the Apple Beta Software Program.
      Tap the Sign up button, or sign in if you're already a member.
      Enter your Apple ID credentials and tap the Sign in button.
      Agree to the Apple Beta Software Program terms and conditions if necessary.
      A Guide for Public Betas screen will appear. Select the iOS tab, scroll down to the Get Started section and tap enroll your iOS device.
      On the Enroll Your Devices screen, with the iOS tab selected, scroll down and tap the Download profile button.
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      Tap "iPhone" when prompted to choose a device.
      Tap Allow.
      Launch the Settings app on your iOS device and then tap Profile Downloaded below your Apple ID banner.
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      Tap Install and follow the prompts to install the iOS Beta Software Profile.
    2. Restart your device after installing the profile by tapping the restart popup.
    How to Install the iOS 13 Public Beta
    Once you're enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program, you can install the iOS 13 Public Beta on your iOS device just as you would a regular software update.
    1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPod touch.
      Tap General.
      Tap Software Update.
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      Tap Download and Install.
      Tap Install Now.

    If you come across any issues installing the iOS 13 Public Beta, it may help to clear any previous profiles lingering on your device. You can find these in the Settings app under General -> Profile.

    Article Link: How to Install iOS 13 Public Beta on iPhone
     
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    People who have no intention of filing bug reports should not install it.
     
  4. 57n macrumors newbie

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    Mine won't update... It's getting stuck at the verifying update screen, then times out indicating it failed.
     
  5. JosephAW macrumors 68020

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    If Apple is discontinuing iTunes why are they still requiring it to install iOS 13?
     
  6. Pepe4life macrumors 6502

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    1. They are keeping iTunes on windows
    2. Not everyone wants to install Catalina just to test out iOS 13
     
  7. gatorvet96 macrumors newbie

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    iTunes is NOT required to install iOS 13. I did mine OTA.
     
  8. canadianreader macrumors 6502a

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    Their Beta site is down

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    Please contact the server administrator, root@localhost and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

    More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

    Apache/2.2.15 (Oracle) Server at xseedapps2.apple.com Port 443
     
  9. eagleglen macrumors 65816

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    When I make my backup, will I need the same amount of disk space on my MBP with iTunes as the backup uses on iCloud? Or is there a way I can just save/archive my current iCloud backup?
     
  10. Aldaris macrumors 68000

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    You can just have your iCloud backup, but it is advised to do local. The backup is primarily for the “oh crap something went wrong” or “... I really need to downgrade to iOS 12”. The most recent backup gives you the most back if you are in either of those scenarios. In all my years (since Apple allowed public betas) I have never had to use my backup except to hop back to the previous os.
     
  11. RadioHedgeFund macrumors newbie

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    Be aware that iOS 13 will currently break the data plan on any 4G Apple Watch you might own. I found out the hard way and downgraded straight away.
     
  12. eagleglen macrumors 65816

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    Couldn’t I just rename my iPhone after I install the beta, that way a brand new iCloud backup is created and the previous backup, with the old iPhone name, remains in my iCloud account until I manually delete it or need it as you suggested?
     
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    Only problem i have so far is mail app crash 1 time and mynba2k19 app does not open
     
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    Although I have not tested this personally to confirm either way, I am *extremely* doubtful that Apple is using the Device Name is the unique identifier for iCloud backups. Imagine the poor user experience if someone renamed their iPhone and all of a sudden had to re-upload their entire data set to iCloud in order to get a backup. Instead they are likely using the device serial number (or a hash of it).
     
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    And please, REPORT all bugs. Don’t just get this to use the latest iOS.
     
  16. one more macrumors 6502a

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    Technically, you do not need iTunes to install iOS 13. You only need it if for some reason during your beta trial you want to revert back to iOS 12.
     
  17. jjohnstonjr macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the heads up. I definitely won't be upgrading now.
     
  18. harriska2 macrumors 6502a

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    Are the steps mostly the same for ipadOS? And is Catalina required? Can I roll back on Mojave iTunes backup?
     
  19. welshboyuk macrumors member

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    I’m on Vodafone uk and it’s working .
     
  20. Aldaris macrumors 68000

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    iCloud usually has several backups that you can revert to.

    I had to downgrade my iPad last night (markup for pdf’s in files and an AirPrint bug caused me to seriously regret it), when I went to roll back I had several iCloud options to choose from. When in doubt absolutely do a local backup. You could also start fresh and definitely have multiple backups to draw from.

    You may also be able to see available backups on iCloud (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204215).
     
  21. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    Not the case for dev beta 1 and iCloud backup may not be an option for many many people. Plus, iCloud backup does not have archive feature at all.
     
  22. IIGS User macrumors member

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    So far so good. Just installed 13. Browsing seems quicker. None of what I do is critical to me making a living with my devices so enjoy hunting around for holes and bugs...
     
  23. jst_testing macrumors member

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    Great public beta build so far. Minor issues around animations and a few apps crashing but battery life hasn’t been affected...so far...

    Love the Reminders app! Sweet spot before using Things
     
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    How do you report that the Feedback app is crashing???
     
  25. Aldaris macrumors 68000

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    My issue is how long it takes, and often will act like it’s been submitted only to show nothing was ever sent :(
     

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