Apple showed off a ton of new iOS 16 features coming this fall to iPhone users around the world, but you don’t have to wait that long to get your hands on iOS 16. You can try it right now if you are ok with beta software on your iPhone.

Tim Cook and company unveiled the new features of iOS 16 on June 6, 2022 at WWDC22, Apple’s latest worldwide developer conference. The highlight of all the new features is definitely the lock screen customization options, which finally give Android a run for its money. There are also exciting updates for Messages, Focus, Dictation, Siri, Live Text, Maps, Wallet, and other Apple apps.

Note: The instructions below also work for iPadOS 16 beta, but see our iPadOS 16 installation guide for full iPad instructions.

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Compatible devices

The iOS 16 beta is available on all of the following iPhone models. Apple dropped iPhone support 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE (1st Gen), so these devices are not supported on iOS 16.

  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8Plus
  • iPhone 8

Archive an iOS Backup

iOS 16 beta might not be stable enough for your daily iPhone use. If you ever want to downgrade immediately, you’ll want to have an archived backup of iOS 15, but you can only create the backup before installing iOS 16.

Without an archived backup, you can wait for Apple to release the next stable iOS 15 update. When that happens, delete the iOS 16 Beta software profile on your iPhone, then go to Settings -> General -> Update. software update to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS 15 as you usually would.

Method 1: Install with OTA Developer Profile

The easiest way to install iOS 16 beta on your iPhone is to use the configuration profile on Apple’s developer website. Follow the instructions below if you’ve never done this before. You will need a developer account to access the configuration profile. Once the process is complete, all future iOS 16 beta updates will be over-the-air (OTA) via the “Software Update” screen in Settings.

The first iOS 16 developer beta was released on June 6, 2022.

  1. Visit developer.apple.com/download in a browser on your iPhone.
  2. If you’re not already signed in, sign in with your Apple ID credentials, enter another device’s 2FA code, and “Trust” the browser if prompted.
  3. Select “Install Profile” in the iOS 16 beta section. Otherwise, visit the link “Install profile”.
  4. Tap “Allow” when prompted, then tap “Close” after the configuration profile downloads.
  5. Go to Settings -> General -> VPN & Device Management -> iOS 16 Beta Software Profile. You can also tap the “Downloaded profile” link on the main Settings app page.
  6. Select “Install”, enter your iPhone’s passcode and read the consent form.
  7. Press “Install” then “Install” again in the action sheet.
  8. Tap “Restart” if prompted. Otherwise, continue.
  9. Connect your iPhone to a power source and make sure you’re on a Wi-Fi network.
  10. Head to Settings -> General -> Software Update.
  11. Choose “Download and Install” if the software is not already downloaded.
  12. Enter your password if requested.
  13. Tap “Accept” on the terms and conditions if it appears.
  14. Complete the iOS 16 beta installation as you would any other iOS update.

Method 2: Install with IPSW Developer Rollback Image

The setup profile is the easiest way to install the iOS 16 beta, but you can also use a rollback image if you want a fresh start. Follow the instructions below if you’ve never done it before. You will need a developer account to access the IPSW for your iPhone model.

The first iOS 16 developer beta was released on June 6, 2022. These instructions work on macOS Catalina (10.15), Big Sur (11), or Monterey (12).

  1. Visit developer.apple.com/download in a browser on your Mac.
  2. If you’re not already signed in, sign in with your Apple ID credentials, enter another device’s 2FA code, and “Trust” the browser if prompted.
  3. Select “Show All” in the beta section of iOS 16.
  4. Download the IPSW file for your iPhone model. (Links are also listed after these instructions for your convenience.)
  5. Open the Finder.
  6. Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a Lightning to USB Cable Where Lightning to USB-C cable.
  7. If you see an “Unlock iPhone to use accessories” notification on your iPhone, unlock your iPhone using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode to continue.
  8. Tap “Trust This Computer” if prompted on your iPhone and follow the on-screen steps. You can always untrust the computer later.
  9. Select your iPhone’s name from the sidebar.
  10. hold it Option and click “Check for updates” in the Summary panel.
  11. Choose the IPSW recovery image you downloaded to your Mac, then click “Open”.
  12. Click “Update” if prompted to let your Mac contact Apple to verify and install the iOS 16 beta.
  13. You may need to enter your passcode on your iPhone during setup.
  14. Your iPhone will restart once Finder finishes installing the image.
  15. Follow the instructions on your iPhone to activate and configure iOS 16 beta.

IPSW Download Links

Be sure to download the link associated with your specific iPhone model. These are official Apple links to the developer download. If you’re not a developer, these links may not work for you, so wait for the public beta (see next method) or google “iOS 16 IPSW files” to see if you can find a copy hosted elsewhere.

Method 3: Install with OTA public profile (coming soon)

iOS 16 public beta is not out yet. Once available, follow the instructions below. According to Apple, we’ll see the first public beta in July 2022. Apple released the first public beta of iOS 15 just 23 days after the first developer beta, so we might be looking at a similar timeline.

  1. Delete the iOS 15 public beta if there is one on your iPhone. Go to Settings -> General -> VPN & Device Management -> iOS 15 Beta Software Profile -> Delete Profile, enter your password and confirm with “Delete”.
  2. Visit beta.apple.com in a browser on your iPhone.
  3. If you’re not already signed in, sign in with your Apple ID credentials, enter another device’s 2FA code, and “Trust” the browser if prompted.
  4. Read and “Accept” the Apple Beta Software Agreement if you see it.
  5. Tap on the “register your iOS device” link. Otherwise, visit beta.apple.com/profile.
  6. Press the “Download profile” link.
  7. Tap “Allow” on the pop-up window to view the configuration profile, then tap “Close” when the download is complete.
  8. ‘Go to Settings -> General -> VPN & Device Management -> iOS 16 Beta Software Profile. You can also tap the “Downloaded profile” link on the main Settings app page.
  9. Select “Install”, enter your iPhone’s passcode and read the consent form.
  10. Press “Install” then “Install” again in the action sheet.
  11. Tap “Restart” if prompted. Otherwise, continue.
  12. Connect your iPhone to a power source and make sure you’re on a Wi-Fi network.
  13. Head to Settings -> General -> Software Update.
  14. Choose “Download and Install” if the software is not already downloaded.
  15. Enter your password if requested.
  16. Tap “Accept” on the terms and conditions if it appears.
  17. Complete the iOS 16 beta installation as you would any other iOS update.




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