The first beta version of iOS 17 is officially available to developers.Installing software is now easier than ever with a streamlined new process this summer.Learn how to install the iOS 17 beta, tips on what to do if it’s not showing up, and more.
Starting with iOS 16.4, Apple has made it possible to enable developer betas and public betas right in the settings.
While Apple initially stated that you would need to use the same Apple ID as in your iOS settings to get betas, that changed earlier this spring.Now you can choose which Apple ID you want to use with the beta.
Keep in mind that the first beta will naturally contain bugs and performance issues.Apple recommends installing the beta version only on devices designed for software development.
How to install the iOS 17 beta – for developers
The first developer beta is available now, and Apple has revealed that the first public beta of iOS 17 will be released in July.
If you are not yet registered as an Apple developer, you need to do so ($99/year).Make a fresh backup of your iPhone or iPad – this is important in case you want or need to upgrade to iOS 16 (Apple recommends making a Mac or PC backup) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running at least iOS 16.4 .Click General > Software Update.The Apple ID associated with the beta, you can tap it at the bottom.When you’re done, select Back.Find the iOS 17 Developer Beta that appears, select Download and Install.
If you don’t see the option to enable beta updates or iOS 17 appears:
Try closing and restarting the Settings app.Double check that you’re running iOS 16.4 or later (if not, you’ll need to update before you get the beta option in Settings).Make sure your Apple ID in Settings > Beta Updates matches the one you use for the Apple Developer Program
Here’s what the process looks like:
The first beta version of iOS 17 is just over 3 GB in size.And when it comes to compatibility, Apple has dropped some devices:
New features and changes coming to iOS 17 include updates to Messages, FaceTime, Phone, the new Standby on Standby feature, and more: