How to manually update to iOS 6 beta 2 over-the-air (OTA)

How to manually update to iOS 6 beta 2 over-the-air (OTA)

Apple has just released iOS 6 beta 2 to developers and it's now available as both a download from Apple's developer portal, and an over-the-air (OTA) update directly on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices.

If you're new to iOS development and this is your first beta update, it may not be immediately apparent how to initiate the OTA download.

Well rest easy, it's simple, fast, and efficient, and only takes a few minutes.

How to manually update to iOS 6 beta 2

iPad software update alert notification

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Software Update
  4. If there's nothing new, you'll be told just so. Otherwise, you'll be presented with all the details about the update.
  5. Tap Download and Install
  6. Agree to the Terms and Conditions
  7. Watch the progress bar (This part depends on the speed and quality of connection. Don't be alarmed if it takes a long time, speeds up or slows down, or appears to jump around -- be patient.)
  8. Once it's finished downloading, you'll be prompted to instal (and restart) your device. If you don't explicitly hit Later or Install within a few seconds, it will install on your behalf.
  9. Apple will verify the install.
  10. And you're done!

For more on setting up a device PC-free and with iCloud, see our complete how to set up, back up, restore, and update using iCloud guide for more, and if you need any extra help, or need to trouble shoot, jump into our iOS 6 Forum.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Reader comments

How to manually update to iOS 6 beta 2 over-the-air (OTA)


Hey Matt, i've reset (holding home and power), and reboot (switch off and on). However, when I go to my photos, it says "restoring 1 of 2108". It's been on "restoring 1 of 2108" for the last few mins... Any ideas. Was this similar to you experience?

Excuse me, Rene, you seem like a reasonable person, but this article confuses me. Does anyone really want to buy an app from a developer who can't figure out how to download an OS update???

A great developer who simply doesn't yet know where Apple located the Software Update button?
They'd Google it, and land here, learn, and go back to developing.
Knowing what you don't know is a good quality.

I try a few times to update to the 6.0 beta 2 but it only shows that my phone (iPhone 4) is up to date iOS 5.1.1. Is there anything that I'm missing ?

OK, update 2 UP, and the "Late Night Mode" Music EQ is out, I don´t know what tha means, but with my Iphone 3gs and philips eardubs phone that EQ mode are so great, and now is out in the update 2, wy, bugs?
I fell realy happy in early iOS 6, and now so sad :-(.

Something not mentioned, or maybe this isn't new, but while it is downloading the gears on the icon rotate. Nice touch!

I tried rebooting my phone, but it still says "Restoring 613 of 1.268" photos. I'm terrified right now

I've waited all night and it still says "restoring photos of 618 of 1,348" what is going on?

I have got same r"estoring photos" problem, just update to iOS 6 Beta 2, any solution how to solve this??