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.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 19 comments. Add yours.

Rv says:

Update cleared all the photos :(

Matt says:

Reboot to restore photos.

Alvin says:

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?

dloveprod says:

Scared me for a min lol.

Christian says:

"Apple will verify the install"
What kind of verification?

Tony Muscarella says:

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???

Rene Ritchie says:

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.

Jose says:

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 ?

Missing says:

You have missed everything

Dhagash says:

same problem I also facing jose. what is the solution ??

Christian says:

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 :-(.

Ryan Lawrence says:

How could I use jailbreak iPhone after iOS 6 update?

Dhagash says:

i didnt get OTA update related to IOS 6... what the problem presist ??

Jay says:

I think you are confused... This is for developers only.

Kavok says:

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

Izzy says:

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

Izzy says:

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

Prince says:

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