iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta 2 OTA update is now available for download. Here is everything you need to know to download and install the latest iOS beta 2 on iPhone and iPad over the air.
Download iOS 16 Beta 2 And iPadOS 16 Beta 2 Over The Air Without Losing Files And Settings [Developers Only]
Before starting, it is essential to note that beta versions are prone to deliver unstable performance due to their half-baked nature promoting a downgrade to the latest public release. Things could get risker still if you opt for clean installation instead of the relatively safer OTA update option.
So if you want to avoid the hassle of a fresh install, the good news is that you can download and install iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta over the air without losing your existing files and settings. But do make sure to prepare your device for a beta update before proceeding correctly.
The first step is to ensure that your smartphone or tablet is compatible with running the new beta. There is no point in going through the hassle if your device lacks support for version 16 of iOS and iPadOS from Apple.
iOS 16 Compatible Devices
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 11
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
iPadOS 16 Compatible Devices
- iPad Pro (5th generation)
- iPad Pro (4th generation)
- iPad Pro (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro (1st generation)
- iPad Air (5th generation)
- iPad Air (4th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad (9th generation)
- iPad (8th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini (6th generation)
Unfortunately, if you own an older device, you’re out of luck. Maybe consider upgrading your hardware to enjoy all the new features and associated bells and whistles.
iOS 16 New Features
These are the new features Apple announced at WWDC 2022 that are coming your way in iOS 16 firmware.
- Personalized Lock Screen
- Focus Mode Improvements
- iCloud Family Photos
- Edit Or Delete Messages
- Mail Improvements
- Apple Pay Later And Order Tracking
- Wallet Updates
- Live Text
- CarPlay Revamp
iPadOS 16 New Features
There are plenty of significant changes coming to improve the multitasking capabilities of the iPadOS 16 operating system.
- Collaboration Features
- Manage Shared Content Across Different Apps
- New Mail Smart Tools
- Photos Improvements
- A Weather App
- New Multitasking Options
- Reference Mode
There are many other hidden features that Apple didn’t tell us about, but you can experience them firsthand after beta firmware installation.
To access the latest iOS beta over the air, you need to sign up for the Apple Developer Program. It costs $99 per year, so it’s not accessible unless you go an indirect route via manually installing beta without a developer account using IPSW files. Or wait until the public beta, which is free to download. But if you’re not patient enough to wait for the public beta, keep on reading.
Although over-the-air update keeps your files and settings intact, we suggest you back up data in case data restoration becomes unavoidable for some reason. You can always use iCloud, iTunes, or Finder to backup your data on PC Windows, or Mac.
After confirming that the beta works on your device and backing up everything, follow the instructions below to install the update but at your own risk since the beta is not a perfect rendition of the final version.
Step 1 – On your iPhone or iPad, sign in to the Apple Developer Program account on the official website.
Step 2 – Once logged in, tap on the Developer section.
Step 3 – Next, tap on Downloads.
Step 4 – Here, locate the iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 developer beta.
Step 5 – With that done, simply download the iOS / iPadOS Configuration Profile onto your device and wait until it finishes installing.
Step 6 – Now restart your iPhone or iPad when you see a prompt to do it.
Step 7 – After reboot, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
Step 8 – Tap on Download and Install. Please make sure to connect your device to Wi-Fi before downloading.
Step 9 – That’s all.
The process takes a long time, so exercise patience as it performs iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta 2 OTA installation in the background. Also, it is better to keep your device plugged into a charger during the whole thing.