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Anyone Can Install iOS 14 Beta Without a Developer Account, But You Shouldn’t

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As you may already know, iOS 14 betas are available to download now for developers. While developer betas are intended to be limited to registered developers, technically speaking, anyone can actually install the iOS 14 dev beta onto a compatible iPhone or iPod touch right now. But that doesn’t mean you should.


Beta software is notoriously unreliable compared to final versions, and using developer beta versions in an unauthorized manner is not supported by Apple.

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How to Fix Your iPhone When an iOS Update Causes Issues

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Whether you’ve bit the bullet and installed a brand-new iOS beta on your iPhone or you’re updating to a new public release of iOS, the process usually goes swimmingly. When it doesn’t, however, the anxiety kicks in: How the heck do you fix an iPhone that almost works perfectly, save for some new, fatal flaw?

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How to Enable the 14 Best Hidden Features of iOS 14

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WWDC 2020 is over and done. And while I greatly enjoyed Apple’s virtual setup for the week-long series of events, I had even more fun digging deep into the latest beta for iOS 14 to find all the interesting features Apple didn’t talk about in its big keynote. And now, I’m sharing these digital treasures with you.

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How to Install WatchOS 7 Developer Beta on Apple Watch

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Apple Watch users may be interested in trying out watchOS 7 beta, complete with new watch faces, hand-washing detection, improved workout tracking and sleep tracking, and more. Like all Apple developer betas, watchOS 7 beta is available to registered developers for testing, writing software, and other development purposes. If you’re a registered developer and are looking to find out how to get watchOS 7 beta on your Apple Watch, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ll walk through the process of installing the watchOS 7 beta onto your device.

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How to Install iOS 14 Developer Beta on iPhone

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Apple showcased the redesigned iOS 14 to the world during their first all-online WWDC event and it’s already available for download as a beta for developers. If you’re an Apple developer yourself, you might want to stay up to date on Apple’s latest and greatest software and install iOS 14 dev beta onto your iPhone or iPod touch.

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How to Download & Install iPadOS 14 Developer Beta on iPad

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Apple’s developer betas are a good way to see what Apple has cooking for a final release to the public, and iPadOS 14 beta is no exception. Apple does run a public beta program too, but if you want the fastest access to the latest beta software, you need to be registered as a developer (FWIW, the iPadOS 14 public beta starts in July). Once that’s squared away, actually downloading and installing the iPadOS 14 beta is surprisingly simple. You just need to know where to tap.

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How to Enroll in the iOS 13, macOS Catalina, and iPadOS Public Betas

The public betas for iOS 13, macOS Catalina, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 are finally available. Here’s a quick recap of how to sign up, and what testers can expect from these beta builds.

How to sign up for and download iOS 13, macOS Catalina, iPadOS, and tvOS

In order to receive access to each beta, you’ll need to sign up to Apple’s Beta Software Progam, which requires an Apple ID (naturally).

  1. Open the Apple Beta Program page on whatever device you want the beta (and use the Safari browser to make this easy).
  2. Click “Sign up” and use your Apple ID to sign in
  3. Accept the user agreement.
  4. Select the beta you wish to enroll in, then scroll down to the “Get Started” section and click the “enroll you [device]” link.
  5. Apple will give you some additional instructions to follow. The short version: You’ll have to install a beta profile to your device, which will then unlock the beta as a regular Software Update—found within your device’s settings menu.

What to expect

While these betas only recently became open to the public, the dev community (and Lifehacker readers) have been able to play around with them for a bit longer. If you’re just getting started, we’ve published lots of stories about the latest and greatest features available in iOS 13, macOS Catalina, and iPadOS. (And if you’re interested in how iOS 13 is shaping up against its Google-y competitor, here’s how the iOS 13 and Android Q betas compare.)

As we always say about installing beta software, these operating systems are still being finalized. You’ll probably run into bugs, glitches, and find that some apps aren’t yet supported. While you probably shouldn’t run the beta on your primary device—especially if you need it to always be operational for, say, your job—the public beta is at least a little bit more stable than the first developer betas for these operating systems. (Not perfect, just better.)

Should you join the public beta, be sure to be a good tester and report any bugs or other feedback through Apple’s Feedback Assistant page (or app). If you’re simply giving the new operating systems a test run, be sure to follow Apple’s backup steps—do not forget to make a backup of your device before you install the beta—so you can undo the updates and keep most of your data intact if you ever want to roll back to iOS 12. (You can also find backup and restore options for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV in Apple’s beta software program information.)

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