How to turn on iOS betas in iOS 16.4 and later from the Settings app

How to enable iOS betas from the Settings app with 16.4 and later

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With iOS 16.4 and later, Apple has made a big change to how developers and the public can get its test updates for the iPhone. Check out this guide to learn how to turn on iOS beta updates in Settings and what the new system can do for you.

Apple has put out the first beta version of iOS 16.5 for developers, which means that the new process is now in place. The public version will soon be available. As part of the change, iOS devices are getting rid of their old beta configuration accounts on their own.

Apple says this about the change:

As for iOS and iPadOS 16.4 beta, Apple Developer Program users will have a new way to access developer betas: they can do it directly from Software Update in Settings. When machines already in the program update to the latest beta release, this new feature will be turned on immediately. For this setting to show up in Settings, your iPhone or iPad needs to be logged in with the same Apple ID you used to sign up for the Apple Developer Program. This new setting will be the only way to get into developer betas in future iOS and iPadOS updates. Configuration profiles will no longer give entry.

Apple said at first that you had to use the same Apple ID that you use in iOS Settings to get the betas, but that changed before iOS 16.4 came out to everyone. You can now pick which Apple ID to use for the public or developer version.

How to use Settings to turn on test updates for iOS 16.4 after the fact

  1. If you have an iPhone or iPad running iOS 16.4, open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General > Software Update.
  3. Click on the new Beta Updates button. It will take a point to show up.
  4. Now pick either the Public Beta or the Developer Beta.
  5. You can tap that at the bottom if you need to change the Apple ID that’s linked to the test.

With this change, installing either of the iOS betas on your iPhone or iPad will be faster and easier. You can turn this part on or off in Settings. Some people may need to go back and forth between the public release and a test release. It should be faster to do so.

Since Apple only said “In future iOS and iPadOS releases” and not a specific version or date, the full loss of setting profiles might not happen right away.

The beta identity, on the other hand, was taken off of my iPhone 14 Pro immediately.

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