Apple engineers are working around the clock to build new versions of macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Xcode, and more for users and developers alike. Whether you're building an app for one of Apple's upcoming operating systems or just excited for all the new features coming this fall, you're probably going to want to get ahold of the company's beta software.
- Which devices support the betas
- I'm not a developer - can I test the betas anyway?
- How to sign up for a developer account or public beta membership
- Don't forget to back up everything first
- How to install the betas
- How to report bugs and send feedback
- How to downgrade from the betas
What iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs will run the new developer and public betas?
iPhone running iOS 14
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPhone SE
iPod touch running iOS 14
- iPod touch 7th generation
iPad running iPadOS 14
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
Mac running macOS Big Sur
- iMac (2014 or newer)
- iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
- MacBook Air (2013 or newer)
- MacBook (2015 or newer)
- Mac mini (2014 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Late 2013 or newer)
- Mac Pro (2013 or newer)
Apple Watch running watchOS 7
watchOS 7 requires iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14 or later, and one of the following Apple Watch models:
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
Apple TV running tvOS 14
- Apple TV HD (4th-generation)
- Apple TV 4K
I'm not a developer — Is it OK for me to test out Apple's beta software anyway?
If you've got a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and you just want to try out the beta of an upcoming operating system, you should consider waiting. If you don't want to wait, however, and you have a secondary device, a public beta is more reliable than a developer beta, but there are still a lot of bugs to work out, so we don't recommend installing any beta on your daily device. It's too risky.
We've got a thorough guide for who should or shouldn't participate in public beta programs.
How to sign up for a developer account or public beta membership
If you are an app developer or are interested in becoming one, you can enroll in Apple's Developer Program to become a part of the Apple development community and get the tools and training you need to develop apps for the App Store. With this membership, you'll get access to developer betas of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Apple App Developer Program memberships cost $99 per year.
Developers tend to get beta software first, but that software can be unstable and bug-prone. If you really want a sneak peek at Apple's new software, but don't want to take the risk of bricking your device on a developer seed, the company also offers a public beta program for its users, which usually launches about a month after the developer betas, so you don't have to wait too long.
You can sign up for the public betas by visiting beta.apple.com and clicking the Sign Up link, or — if you're already a public beta member — logging in with your Apple ID and password.
Designate devices — and back them up
While you can install beta software on your primary Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, you risk rendering your devices inoperative. Before you do anything else, you're going to want to pick what devices you're going to install the betas on. Remember, it is not advisable to install a developer beta or public beta on your mainly-used device. Choose wisely.
Most important of all, back up your device before installing a beta. This will be most helpful if you run across a problem and having an archived backup is required for downgrading.
- How to back up your Mac
- How to back up your iPhone or iPad
- How to back up your Apple Watch
- How to back up your Apple TV
How to install beta versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS
Here are our guides for installing the developer beta for Apple's operating systems.
- How to install the macOS developer beta
- How to install the iOS developer beta
- How to install the iPadOS developer beta
- How to install the watchOS developer beta
- How to install the tvOS developer beta
For public beta participants
- How to download the iOS public beta
- How to download the iPadOS public beta
- How to download the tvOS public beta
- How to download the macOS public beta
- How to download and install the watchOS public beta
And you'll want to check these out, too:
- iOS public beta: The ultimate guide
- iPadOS public beta: The ultimate guide
- tvOS public beta: The ultimate guide
- macOS public beta: The ultimate guide
- watchOS public beta: The ultimate guide
Apple added a public beta for watchOS for the first time this year with watchOS 7. We will have an ultimate guide for the public beta of watchOS that we'll add to this guide as soon as it's ready.
How to report bugs and send feedback
You can send feedback to Apple through the Feedback Assistance app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac or directly from Apple's Feedback Portal on the Web.
- How to report bugs and feedback for betas on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- How to report bugs and feedback for betas on your Mac
How to downgrade from the betas
If for any reason, you decide that beta testing is not for you, you can downgrade, but you'll need to have proper backups before you upgrade so read our guides before you get started.
- How to downgrade from the beta of iOS or iPadOS
- How to downgrade from the beta of macOS
- How to downgrade from the beta of tvOS
- You can't downgrade from the beta of watchOS but here are some troubleshooting tips
Let us know in the comments.
Updated August 2020: Updated for the latest round of Apple's beta software.
- FAQ: Apple's beta software
- Should you run beta software?
- iOS 14 public beta: The ultimate guide
- iPadOS 14 public beta: The ultimate guide
- macOS Big Sur public beta: The ultimate guide
- iOS 14: Everything you need to know
- iPadOS 14: Everything you need to know
- macOS Big Sur: Everything you need to know
- watchOS 7: Everything you need to know
- tvOS 14: Everything you need to know
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