After teasing it during the launch at WWDC, Apple has released the first Public Beta of iOS 17 and it can be downloaded and installed right now – here’s how to get it going on your iPhone.
While a full release won’t be arriving until around the launch of the iPhone 15, those willing to test beta software can get a taste of the update right now. Setting it up is very easy and can all be done on the iPhone itself. Just be warned, this remains early software and is probably best installed on a secondary device.
What you’ll need:
- An iPhone that supports iOS 17 (that’s iPhone XR and XS or newer)
- Enrollment in the Apple Beta Software Program
The Short Version
- Unlock your iPhone
- Open Settings
- Tap General
- Tap Software Update
- Open the Beta Updates section
- Select iOS 17 Public Beta
- Download and Install
Unlock your iPhone
First off, unlock your supported iPhone so you’re looking at the Home Screen.
You’ll now need to find the Settings app. This is the icon that resembles a cog. You can see it in the image below.
Once in Settings, find the General option and tap it.
Tap Software Update
Next, locate the Software Update option and tap it.
Open the Beta Updates section
On the next screen, there should be a Beta Updates option. Tap this. If this doesn’t appear, make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS.
Select the iOS 17 Public Beta
Once you’re in the Beta Updates section, numerous options will appear. The one you want is the iOS 17 Public Beta.
Download and Install
Navigate back to the Software Update screen and the beta will now be ready to install. Tap Download and Install, enter your passcode if required and the update will begin downloading and then installing.
As with any beta software, there is a risk and we’d recommend not installing this on a phone that is vital for your everyday use. There will likely be bugs, kinks not yet ironed out and unfinished aspects. That’s the point of a beta after all, to try and make the experience as smooth as possible when it does hit a full release.
Typically there will be a new beta every two weeks, however this does change and there isn’t a tight schedule.