Apple did not release a beta profile for the iOS 13 beta last year. This time around though, the company has made the beta profile as well as the IPSW available for download to developers. This means you can get the iOS 14 beta 1 OTA update on your iPhone as well. Even better, you don’t really need to be a developer for this. You just need to get your hands on the beta profile.
Installing iOS 14 Beta on iPhone: Things to Know
- Create a backup of your iPhone running iOS 13.5. However, it is strongly recommended that you do not restore this backup on your iPhone after updating it to iOS 14 due to compatibility reasons.
- If you intend to use your iPhone as a daily driver with iOS 14 installed, do not do it. The first few beta builds are going to be buggy and there are going to be compatibility issues with third-party apps as well.
- Once you install the iOS 14 beta, you will get OTA updates for future beta releases as well.
- The OTA update is going to be around 2-3GB or even higher in size so make sure you have access to a speedy Wi-Fi connection.
- Ensure that your iPhone has at least 50% charge or put it on charge while downloading the OTA update.
- Your data will not be touched in any way, though it is always recommended to create a backup.
How to Install iOS 14 Beta for Free Using Beta Profile
Step 1: Get your hands on the iOS 14 beta profile for iPhone from your friend or someone in your family who has access to the Developer Account. Alternatively, you can also find the beta profile easily on some social media platforms. AirDrop the file to your iPhone or simply email the beta profile to yourself.
Step 2: Proceed to open the emailed iOS 14 beta profile link on your iPhone. You will be automatically redirected to ‘iOS Beta Software Profile’ once the download is complete. Make sure to use Safari to download the file.
Step 3: Go to Settings -> General -> Profile where you will see the iOS 14 beta profile. You will have to tap on ‘Install’ three times before selecting the ‘Reboot’ option.
Step 4: Once your iPhone reboots, head over to Settings -> General -> Software update. The iOS 14 developer beta OTA update should show up for download for your iPhone and you need to press the Download and Install button for the update to start. If not, wait for a few minutes and try again. If that still does not work, restart your iPhone again. Depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi connection, the installation process can take up to a couple of hours or even longer.
Once you install an iOS 14 beta on your iPhone, it will automatically receive all future beta OTA updates directly from Apple as well. Since iOS 14 is still under development and this is the first beta we are talking about, there are going to be plenty of bugs and issues. Ideally, you should report them to Apple so that they are fixed in the next beta or before the final release of the OS.
iOS 14 features a number of small little enhancements that help improve usability and the overall experience of using your iPhone. What are your favorite iOS 14 features? Drop a comment and let us know!