How To Install Apple iOS 14 And iPadOS 14 Public Beta On Your iPhone Or iPad

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Roughly two weeks ago, Apple gave us our first look at iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, which are the latest versions of the company's mobile operating systems. After iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were announced, Apple immediately made beta 1 versions available to developers. On Tuesday, the company followed up with beta 2 for developers.

When it initially announced iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple said that the first public beta would be available in July, and true to its word, that time has come.

Devices Eligible For The iOS 14/iPadOS 14 Public Beta

These are the current devices that are eligible for the public beta (and the final release this fall).

iOS 14

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
iPadOS 14

  • iPad Pro (all generations)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4 and 5
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Installing iOS 14/iPadOS 14 On Your iPhone Or iPad

Luckily for iPhone and iPad users, Apple makes it relatively easy to install the public betas, and there are a few simple steps that will get you up and running. However, we'll first have to provide this word of caution that comes straight from Apple:

The Apple Beta Software Program lets users try out pre-release software. The feedback you provide on quality and usability helps us identify issues, fix them, and make Apple software even better. Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software. Be sure to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software.

With that business out of the way, here's how to get the software install on your mobile device.

  1. Navigate to the Apple Beta Software Program website
  2. You'll want to click on the "Sign Up" button to join Apple's beta program (if you haven’t done so already)
  3. Once you've signed in, click on iOS or iPadOS, depending on which software you need for your device.
  4. You will then need to enroll your iOS (or iPadOS) device. This will the download the beta profile to your device.
  5. To install the profile, navigate to Settings --> General --> Profile --> iOS 14 Beta Software Profile and then clink "Install". You will then be asked to restart your device
  6. Once you're rebooted, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update. You should now see the iOS 14/iPadOS 14 update available to download on your device. 
  7. Perform the update and after a couple of reboots, you should be ready to go with iOS 14/iPadOS 14.
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Again, we should warn you again that this is beta software, and you'll want to remember that some of your apps might not work properly (at least not at first). We've been running iOS 14 beta 1 and beta 2 on a couple of devices here and it has been relatively stable so far -- which is not bad for an early Apple beta. The first public beta is likely based on the developer beta 2, so we expect good things with respect to stability/compatibility with this release as well.