Can't see the iOS 18 beta? Here's how to get it with one simple step

iOS 18
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WWDC 2024

WWDC 2024

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1. iOS 18what's next for iPhone?
iPadOS 18 — will Apple finally unleash the power of iPad?
macOS 15 — what's new for Mac?
4. Apple Intelligence — what will it be able to do?

iOS 18 was just announced at WWDC 2024 and the iOS 18 beta is already available to download. That said, you might not be able to see it when you go to install the latest software — but don't worry there's an easy fix.

If you want to get iOS 18 beta on the best iPhones today and don't want to wait for the beta section in Settings to update, you can quickly refresh and install the beta by following this simple trick.

Here's how to install iOS 18 beta if you can't see it in your updates.

Don't want to read on? Simply Tap Apple ID and login again.

Get access to iOS 18 beta even if you can't see it

iOS 18

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Beta software, also referred to as a preview, seed, or release candidate, is a version of software that’s still under development and not yet released to the public. This software is intended only for installation on development devices registered under your Apple Developer Program membership. Registered development devices can be upgraded to future beta releases and the public version of the software. Attempting to install beta software in an unauthorized manner violates Apple policy and could render your device unusable and necessitate an out-of-warranty repair. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software and install only on devices and systems that you’re prepared to erase if necessary.

To get access to iOS 18 beta even if you can't see it in your Settings just follow these steps:

iOS 18 beta fix

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  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General, then Software Update
  3. Enable Beta Updates
  4. If you can't see iOS 18 Developer Beta, tap Apple ID
  5. Login with your Apple ID again
  6. You can now install iOS 18 Developer Beta

That's all there is to it. Your iPhone will now update to the latest operating system. The process may take a little while to download and install, but you can keep going about your day until the installation process begins.

iOS 18 is here.

The next generation of iPhone software is incredibly exciting with new additions including Home Screen Customization, a completely redesigned Photos app, and the introduction of Apple Intelligence. Want to know more about these new features?

We're covering the WWDC 2024 event as it happens. Follow WWDC 2024 LIVE here. Or check out our roundups for all the latest on the newly announced iOS 18iPadOS 18macOS 15watchOS 11visionOS 2, and Apple Intelligence.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.