The iOS 16 software update will officially arrive around September 2022 for all compatible iPhones, but the public beta is available now.
In this article, we explain how you can install iOS 16 on your iPhone during each development phase: developer beta, public beta, and stable version.
iOS 16 Roadmap
Since Apple is supposed to follow up on previous iOS releases, the final version of iOS 16 is expected to roll out to all compatible iPhone models in September this year. Earlier on June 6, the company had released the beta testing program only for developers. The public beta is expected to be released in July 2022.
iOS 16 Roadmap
- June 6, 2022: iOS 16 developer beta released.
- July 11, 2022: iOS 16 public beta released.
- September 2022: iOS 16 is expected to be released officially.
The biggest highlight of the new iOS version is undoubtedly the lock screen personalization. With it, you can create different lock screen options and navigate through them to choose the one that suits you best at all times.
Check out our iOS 16 guides to learn what features can be expected to see in the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
How to Download and Install iOS 16 on Your iPhone
Before installation, it is highly recommended that you back up your iPhone, which allows you to revert to a stable version of the operating system in case anything goes wrong after these steps.
iOS 16 Beta Phase Ends on July 11th!
To test the developer beta you will need a developer account to easily download the first beta file and install it on your iPhone. Keep in mind that beta software refers to a version of software that is still under development and has not yet been released to the public.
In addition, membership to the Apple Developer Program is mandatory at this stage and costs around $100.
Before testing your software on your device, make sure you have enabled Developer Mode in Settings > Privacy & Security. Follow the steps below to install the iOS 16 developer beta on your iPhone using a configuration profile.
- Download the configuration profile from the Apple Developer page (a developer account is required to do so)
On your device: Download the configuration profile directly onto your device and follow the installation instructions
On your Mac or PC: Save the file to your hard disk and email it to an account on your iPhone. Select the configuration profile in Mail and follow the corresponding installation instructions.
- Connect your device to a power cable and connect to a Wi-Fi network.
- Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
- Click on Download and Install.
- Select Install.
- If prompted, enter your passcode.
- As soon as the device restarts, it will run iOS 16 developer beta.
The iOS 16 public beta was released on July 11, 2022. You must first be a member to participate in the Apple Beta Software Program, only then will you be able to enroll your devices to access the public beta and try out the latest.
Features before the release of the official version. As soon as the iOS 16 public beta files are available for download, follow these steps to install the update package:
Click Enroll your iOS device (follow the device’s on-screen instructions) to download the iOS 16 public beta installation profile to your iPhone.
Launch the Settings app on your device.
A new item will appear indicating that the setup profile has been detected. Select that option, tap on the Install button on the next screen and follow the on-screen instructions.
Note: This step only installs the file that released the trial version on the device.
To install iOS beta, follow the traditional procedure: Settings > General > Software Update.
Once the process is complete, your iPhone will be running the iOS 16 public beta.
The official update to the iPhone’s operating system will be done over-the-air (OTA), which means all you need is an internet connection to get the updated file. To check if iOS 16 is available on your smartphone, download and install the update by following the steps below:
Launch Settings on your iPhone
- Navigate to the General option.
- Click on Software Update. The system will look for any available updates.
- In the event that an update is now available, relevant update information will appear on the device screen. Click on Download and Install option.
- After downloading the latest version, select Install Now.
- After rebooting, your iPhone will be running iOS 16.
- remember! The update will install only after the device reboots. For this, the iPhone must have at least 50% remaining battery life or be connected to a charger. Happy Downloading.
How new iOS versions are developed
In addition to having a more controlled ecosystem, Apple follows a slightly different development process than Google with Android. Although both systems receive major annual updates, iOS often introduces major changes in between version updates.
In the case of iOS (including iPadOS and other derivative systems), Apple provides beta versions for minor modifications—such as 16.1, 16.2, etc.—and these would normally be available for a few weeks before the final stable version was released.
Before the annual Android version update, which usually occurs in the second half of the calendar year, Google works separately by conducting a single evaluation process over several months.
Similarly, users can update their watch. These iPhone models will get iOS 16 Updates Click for the list.
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- Second Generation iPhone SE