Apple’s annual software bash, WWDC 2021, is underway, and the keynote highlighted the biggest new changes to Apple’s software for 2021. As usual for big Apple events, we have a lot to handle across Apple’s entire spectrum of devices, but it’s iOS 15 that will have one of the biggest impacts. A solid upgrade to iOS, iOS 15 will bring major FaceTime improvements, a new Focus mode with improved notifications, and deeper integration of artificial intelligence into your Apple iPhone.
It will be a while before we see the official release of iOS 15, as despite the announcement, Apple still has a slew of tweaks to do before the final release. But that doesn’t mean you can̵
Note: Beta releases of all stripes are likely to contain bugs. Therefore, we do not recommend installing a beta on an important device. Bugs are very common during betas, and it is possible that you will lose precious data, or in the worst case scenario, completely slam your phone. That’s why we recommend using a spare or backup device for each beta and not risking anything that is a daily driver.
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Hang on, we have some bad news – right now the iOS 15 beta is a developer beta. That means it’s primarily intended to help developers get their apps up and running in time for the iOS 15 release, and not really intended for mass public use. Additionally, you’ll need an Apple Developer account to access it, which costs a hefty $99 a year. That’s a lot of money to pay to access a beta, especially when the free public beta is likely to be announced pretty soon. If you don’t already have an Apple Developer account, we don’t recommend buying one to access this beta.
While you wait, though, check out our guide on how to enroll in the iOS beta program and make sure you’re registered to access the upcoming beta versions of iOS. But again, keep in mind that you’re likely to encounter bugs in even public beta software, so don’t install it if you’re afraid of losing data.
The good news is that you don’t need a particularly new iPhone to access the iOS 15 beta. As it should be, Apple has included a number of devices in the beta program, with the iPhone 6s continuing to impress with its longevity. You can access iOS 15 beta on the following devices:
Make a backup before you start
So you’ve got your $99 developer plan and a qualifying iPhone ready — but make sure to back up your device before hitting the iOS 15 road. So, if data is lost, you can quickly and easily recover it from your backup. We have a guide on how to back up an iPhone, but we’ve also listed these instructions below.
Backup with iCloud
iCloud is probably the easiest way to back up your iPhone because you don’t need to connect any cables. All you need is an internet connection.
Step one: Connect to a Wi-Fi network.
Step two: go to you Settings app and then select your name.
Step three: Crane iCloud. If you are using iOS 10.2 or earlier, scroll down and click . to tap iCloud.
Step four: Scroll down and select iCloud Backup > Back Up Now. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, just tap backup and it will do its magic.
You can check the backup by going to . to go Settings, to beat iCloud > iCloud storage > Storage managementand tap your device from the list.
Back up to a Mac with macOS Catalina and later
MacOS 10.15 Catalina has deprecated iTunes, but backing up on Mac is still easy.
Step one: Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your Mac.
Step two: Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your device passcode or Trust this computer.
Step three: Open Finder and use the sidebar to select your iPhone.
Step four: Touch General > Backup now to manually back up.
Back up to a Mac or PC with iTunes
If you’re using an older Mac or a Windows PC, you’ll need to use iTunes to back up your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Step one: Make sure iTunes is up to date and connect your device.
Step two: Follow the on-screen instructions to Trust this computer or enter your device passcode.
Step three: Select your iPhone or iPod Touch from the iTunes menu.
Step four: Touch Backup now to save your data.
Download and install iOS 15 developer beta
Did you do all that? Fortunately, actually downloading and installing the beta is relatively easy. Gone are the days when you had to manually download a bunch of tools and flash the beta on your phone. Instead, now all you need to do is access the Apple Developer area on your beta device and download the beta profile. Once the download is complete, go to Settings > General > Profileand activate the beta.