iPhone beta profile

If you've been receiving updates to beta software on your iPhone or iPad over-the-air, you'll have a beta profile installed. A beta profile basically configures your device so that it's authorized to download beta software such as iOS 13. When it comes to Apple software releases, as long as you have the beta profile installed for that particular generation of software (iOS 13, for example), then you'll continue to receive software updates.

But if you want to stop receiving beta updates or move to the public release version of the software, one of the first things you'll need to do is remove that beta profile from your device. The good news is that this is fairly easy to do.

Just what is a beta profile, and why should I remove it?

A beta profile, such as those available for the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 updates currently being tested by Apple, configures a device so that it's able to receive new versions of beta software as over-the-air updates, much as your iPhone can do with publicly available software updates.

A profile from Apple tends to be good for one generation of beta software. That is to say, the iOS 13 beta profile you have installed on an iPhone will allow that iPhone to receive beta updates not only for iOS 13, but also for any subsequent beta updates to iOS 13 (iOS 13.1, 13.1.1, 13.2, etc.), but you likely won't automatically receive beta updates for the currently-theoretical iOS 14 when the beta process starts for that next year unless you install that profile.

Removing a beta profile from your device is an important step in a number of processes. If you want to stop receiving beta updates, for instance, or want to update your device to the release version of the software you've been beta testing. If the beta you've been using is too buggy and you want to downgrade to more stable release software is another good reason.

How to remove a beta profile from your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Profiles.

    Launch Settings, then tap General, then tap Profile

  4. Tap iOS Beta Software Profile.
  5. Tap Remove Profile.
  6. Enter your passcode if prompted and tap Delete once more.

    Tap iOS 13 beta profile, then tap Remove Profile

  7. Shut off your iPhone or iPad by holding down the On/Off button and using the Slide to power off slider.
  8. Restart your iPhone or iPad by holding down the On/Off button until you see the Apple logo.

    Shut off iPhone, restart iPhone

Questions?

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about removing beta profiles from your iPhone or iPad.

Some things you might need for the iOS and iPadOS betas

RAVPower Ace ($42 at Amazon)

Charge your iPhone or iPad on the go while it's gobbling up your juice to install the software beta. Don't leave home without it!

SanDisk Dual Drive (From $25 at Apple)

In iOS 13, you'll be able to access jump drives right on your iPhone or iPad. This dual drive has a reversible USB-C and USB-A connector.

Apple USB-C-to-Lightning Cable (From $19 at Apple)

Excited about SideCar in macOS Catalina and iOS 13? Get this adapter cable so you don't have to worry about running out of power while using your iPhone as a second screen.

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