Thanks to the way Apple changed the way iOS betas are provisioned, it’s easier than ever to try out an iOS beta. You simply download the device profile and then go to System Updates like normal and it’ll let you update to the beta. Here’s how to get the iOS 11 Beta right now.
Please keep in mind this is a beta and so there will be bugs. You can, however, easily go back to iOS 10 by deleting the profile from the phone and “updating” in iTunes back down to your original iOS version. Ready to try iOS 11, out?
iOS 11 Compatible Devices
First up, you need to have one of these devices for this to work. If not you aren’t eligible for iOS 11 and so the beta will also not work for you.
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- 9-inch iPad Pro (first-generation)
- 9-inch iPad Pro (second-generation)
- 7-inch iPad Pro
- 5-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (fifth-generation)
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch (6th generation)
Make a Backup in iTunes
- Open iTunes and and plug the phone in via USB.
- Select the device from the sidebar on the left and then click create a backup. Just in case.
Download a Developer Profile
Get a Free One Online
First off, let’s see if we can get the free version of the developer profile on reddit (eventually this will get taken down so if it’s not there we have another option below).
- You can easily find a developer profile on Reddit here (choose the one for iOS) by going to the following link on your iPhone (I’ve made it a bit.ly link to make it easier to type in if you’re viewing this on your desktop).
- Once you tap that on your iPhone it’ll ask you if you want to install it. Do so.
Get a Paid One (If the Free One Is No Longer Working)
Try the above one first, but if that is taken down (it happens), then you can pay $6 or so to get it from a site like UDID Registration. To do that:
- Head to UDIDRegistrations.com on your iPhone and it’ll ask you to install a profile. Say yes. This grabs your device UDID so you can then buy a developer profile from them using it.
- Buy the $5.99 plan as the cheapest option and wait for your profile in email. You can then tap it on the phone and install it.
Install the iOS 11 Beta
- After you have a developer profile on your device, you can go to Settings > System Updates and eventually (be patient) it’ll tell you you have an update and it’ll be the beta. Tap install.
That’s it. Have a blast! Let me know what cool features you find in the comments below or reach out to me on social.
How to Restore Back to iOS 10
If you want to undo it and go back to the stock:
- Just go to Settings > Device Profiles > Delete the developer profile.
- Plug the phone into iTunes and click Update. It’ll “update” you back to iOS 10.
Hope that helped some people! Let me know if you had any issues or how it went in the comments below and feel free to follow me on social and reach out to me there as well.