How to install iPadOS 16 beta on your compatible iPad

How to install iPadOS 16 beta on your compatible iPad

Whether you plan on boosting your productivity, gaming, or consuming media — iPads are great versatile devices that cater to different needs. What used to be a stretched-out iPhone has now become a PC replacement for some users. In fact, some of the newer iPads are supercharged by Apple’s M1 Mac chip. And with every new iPadOS release, Apple introduces even more features that distinguish these glass slabs from the iPhone. What plenty of people don’t know, though, is that the company has an iPadOS beta program that allows you to get your hands on upcoming features before the general public. Here’s how to enroll your iPad and get your hands on the latest and greatest software additions.

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List of iPads compatible with iPadOS 16 beta

  • iPad Mini 5 and later
  • iPad Air 3 and later
  • iPad 5 and later
  • All iPad Pro models

You can check the full, expanded list here.

How to install iPadOS 16 beta

Before you install an iPadOS beta on your iPad, you should know that there are risks in doing so. Features and/or apps may break partially or completely. And, as a worst-case scenario, your iPad itself may be bricked if things go wrong. So if you depend on your iPad for work or studies, you might want to stick to stable releases. If you decide to proceed, follow the steps below:

Screenshot of installing iPadOS beta profile

  • Using Safari on your iPad, visit developer.apple.com or beta.apple.com and download the iPadOS beta profile. The former link requires an Apple Developer account and gives you access to developer beta builds. The latter program is free for all users to join, but public beta builds tend to land a while after developer betas. It’s worth noting, though, that the public beta program for iPadOS 16 won’t be available until July. So until then you’re limited to the developer beta.
  • Go to the Settings app > General > VPN & Device Management and follow the on-screen instructions to install the beta configuration profile. You’ll have to restart your iPad afterward for the beta software update to appear.

ipados 16 beta 1

  • Head to Settings again > General > Software Update and wait for the page to refresh. After the beta update appears, download and install it as you would typically do.
  • Voila! Once the iPad finishes installing the update, you will get to try out the latest iPadOS beta features.

Do you install beta updates on your daily driver? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached on Twitter @Mahmoudzitani or via [email protected]

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