How to Download and Install iOS 9 Beta 1 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
The iOS 9, Apple’s next major software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, has made its debut at the company’s WWDC 2015. The update brings a number of new features along with plenty of optimizations that should improve performance and security. Check out this iOS Developer Library to know what’s new in iOS 9.0.
Apple has now released iOS 9 beta 1 download links for the supported iOS devices. Here’s a list of devices compatible with iOS 9 Beta:
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4s
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air 1
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPad mini 1
- iPad 4
- iPad 3
- iPad 2
- iPod touch 5
This guide will walk you through the proper procedure for downloading and installing iOS 9 beta 1 on your supported device. Since the beta is for developers only, you need to be a paying member of the Apple Developers Program. If you’re not, sign up for the program, which costs $99 per year and will give you access to early beta software releases from Apple.
Note: Before you start proceeding with the steps, make sure you create a complete backup of your device to either iCloud or using iTunes.
Download and Install iOS 9 beta 1
Plug your device into iTunes.
Once there, select the device and then click on the serial number for it to show the UDID. Copy this number on your computer.
From the main Member Center page, click on Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles.
Under iOS Apps, select Devices, then click on “+” to register your UDID.
Return to the main Member Center page and head over to SDK > iOS > iOS 9 beta.
Then tap on ‘Download’.
Now, select your device from drop down menu to begin downloading the required firmware file.
Once the download is finished, extract the .zip file to get the .ipsw file for installation.
Connect your iOS device to the computer, and launch iTunes.
To install the beta, Mac users need to hold the Alt key, for Windows users this will be the Shift key, and then click on the Restore iPhone… button.
When prompted, select the .ipsw firmware file you downloaded earlier.
Now, wait for iTunes to install iOS 9 beta 1 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Once it is installed, your device will reboot and you’ll be greeted with the ‘Hello’ screen of iOS 9.
That’s it. Now, enjoy the iOS 9 Beta on your device and don’t forget to share your first impression with us in the comments section below.
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