How to download iOS 10: Get the iOS 10 beta for your iPhone and iPad right now
Apple unveiled iOS 10 at yesterday’s WWDC event, and it’s calling it the “biggest iOS update ever”. Featuring a totally redesigned Messages app, a reworked Maps and the unlocking of Siri to third-party apps, iOS 10 will be delivered as a public beta in July, with a final release following in autumn. However, if you just can’t wait until then, there’s a way to get iOS 10 now – and it’s pretty simple. Interested? Here’s how to download the iOS 10 beta right now.
Before we even get into this installation, it’s important to note that the iOS 10 beta isn’t for everyone. Beta products, by their very nature, are unfinished products that still have bugs and tweaks to fix, so it’s probably best to install iOS 10 on a spare iPhone or iPad.
How to download iOS 10 by joining the Developer Program
- Most early adopters will wait until the public beta in July to try out iOS 10, but there is a way to get it now. Before Apple gives operating systems to the public, it releases them to app developers. To get iOS 10 right now, you’ll need to enroll in the Apple Developer Program here – and that can cost $100 or around £70.
- Before you get your wallet out, it’s also worth checking your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch can actually support iOS 10. This time Apple says anything newer than an iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 2 or fifth-generation iPad touch should have just about enough power.
- If you’re sure your device is compatible – and you don’t mind the possible chance of bricking it – you’ll just need to log in with your Apple ID and the Apple website will sort the rest out for you.
How to download iOS 10 by joining the public beta
- This method won’t actually be available until July, but unlike the method above, it will be free when it does arrive. To get started, make sure you’re registered to Apple’s Public Beta Program here.
- Once that’s done, go to the device you want to download iOS 10 onto, and return to the beta.apple.com website.
- From there, click on iOS | Download Profile | Install to begin the transformation to iOS 10.
- Just like a normal update, you’ll probably see a few loading screens and progress bars – and you’ll probably need to enter your passcode and reboot your device too.