How to Download and Install iPadOS 16 Beta on Your iPad Right Now « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks



Many new exciting features are coming to the iPad this fall in iPadOS 16, but you can try them all out right now before everyone else as long as you’re OK with running beta software on your device.

Apple revealed all of the new iPadOS 16 features on June 6, 2022, at WWDC22, Apple’s latest Worldwide Developers Conference. Some of the most significant updates include iCloud Shared Photo Library, Messages enhancements, Mail improvements, passkeys in Safari, Stage Manager, and new display modes. Plus, the Weather app is finally not just for iPhone anymore!

Note: The directions below also work for iOS 16 beta, but check out our iOS 16 installation guide for the full iPhone instructions.

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iPadOS 16 Beta Release History

  • June 6: iPadOS 16.0 developer beta 1

Compatible Devices

The iPadOS 16 beta is available on all of the following iPad models. Apple dropped support for the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2, so those devices are not supported on iPadOS 16.

  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Archive an iPadOS Backup

The iPadOS 16 beta may not be stable enough for you if it’s your main iPad and not an extra one to play around on. If you want to downgrade, you’ll want to have an archived backup of iPadOS 15 to downgrade right away, but you can only create the backup before you install iPadOS 16.

Without an archived backup, you can wait until Apple releases the next stable iPadOS 15 update. If one is issued, delete the iPadOS 16 Beta Software Profile on your iPad, then go to Settings –> General –> Software Update to update your iPad to the latest iPadOS 15 version as you usually would.

Method 1: Install with the OTA Developer Profile

The simplest way to install the iPadOS 16 beta on your iPad is via the configuration profile on Apple’s developer website. Follow the below instructions if you’ve never done so before. You will need a developer account to access the configuration profile. After completing the process, all future iPadOS 16 beta updates will be over the air (OTA) via the “Software Update” screen in Settings.

The first iPadOS 16 developer beta was released on June 6, 2022.

  1. Visit developer.apple.com/download in a browser on your iPad.
  2. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and “Trust” the browser if it asks.
  3. Select “Install Profile” under the iPadOS 16 beta section. Alternatively, visit the “Install Profile” link.
  4. Tap “Allow” on the prompt, then “Close” after the configuration profile downloads.
  5. Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iPadOS 16 Beta Software Profile. Alternatively, tap the “Profile Downloaded” link on the Settings app’s main page.
  6. Select “Install,” enter your iPad’s passcode, and read the consent form.
  7. Tap “Install” and then “Install” again in the action sheet.
  8. Tap “Restart” if a prompt asks you to. Otherwise, continue.
  9. Connect your iPad to a power source and ensure you’re on a Wi-Fi network.
  10. Head to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Alternatively, tap the “iPadOS 16 Developer Beta Now Available” link on the Settings app’s main page.
  11. Choose “Download and Install” if the software is not already downloading.
  12. Enter your passcode if asked.
  13. Tap “Agree” on the Terms & Conditions if it appears.
  14. Finish installing the iPadOS 16 beta like you would any other iPadOS update.

Method 2: Install with the IPSW Developer Restore Image

The configuration profile is the easiest way to install the iPadOS 16 beta, but you can also use a restore image if you want a fresh start. Follow the below instructions if you’ve never done so before. You will need a developer account to access the IPSW for your iPad model.

The first iPadOS 16 developer beta was released on June 6, 2022. These instructions work on macOS Catalina (10.15), Big Sur (11), or Monterey (12).

  1. Visit developer.apple.com/download in a browser on your Mac.
  2. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and “Trust” the browser if it asks.
  3. Select “View all” under the iPadOS 16 beta section.
  4. Download the IPSW file for your iPad model. (Links are also listed after these instructions for your convenience.)
  5. Open Finder.
  6. Connect your iPad to your Mac with a Lightning to USB cable or Lightning to USB-C cable.
  7. If you see an “Unlock iPad to Use Accessories” notification on your iPad, unlock your iPad using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode to proceed.
  8. Tap “Trust This Computer” if prompted on your iPad, and follow the on-screen steps. You can always untrust the computer later.
  9. Select the name of your iPad in the sidebar.
  10. Hold down the Option key and click “Check for Update” in the Summary panel.
  11. Choose the IPSW restore image you downloaded to your Mac, and click “Open.”
  12. Click “Update” if prompted to let your Mac contact Apple to verify and install the iPadOS 16 beta.
  13. You may have to enter your passcode on your iPad during the installation.
  14. Your iPad will restart once Finder finishes installing the image.
  15. Follow the instructions on your iPad to activate and set up iPadOS 16 beta.

IPSW Download Links

Make sure to download the link associated with your specific iPad model. These are official Apple links to the developer download. If you are not a developer, these links may not work for you, so wait for the public beta (see the following method) or google “iPadOS 16 IPSW files” to see if you can find a copy hosted somewhere.

Method 3: Install with the OTA Public Profile (Coming Soon)

The iPadOS 16 public beta is not out yet. Once it becomes available, follow the below instructions. According to Apple, we’ll see the first public beta sometime in July 2022. Apple released the first public beta of iPadOS 15 just 23 days after the first developer beta, so I would expect a similar timeline for iPadOS 16.

  1. Remove the iPadOS 15 public beta if one is on your iPad. Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iPadOS 15 Beta Software Profile –> Remove Profile, enter your passcode, and confirm with “Remove.”
  2. Visit beta.apple.com in a browser on your iPad.
  3. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and “Trust” the browser if it asks.
  4. Read and “Accept” the Apple Beta Software Agreement if you see it.
  5. Tap the “enroll your iPadOS device” link. Alternatively, visit beta.apple.com/profile.
  6. Touch the “Download profile” link.
  7. Tap “Allow” on the pop-up to view the configuration profile, then “Close” when it finishes downloading.
  8. ‘Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iPadOS 16 Beta Software Profile. Alternatively, tap the “Profile Downloaded” link on the Settings app’s main page.
  9. Select “Install,” enter your iPad’s passcode, and read the consent form.
  10. Tap “Install” and then “Install” again in the action sheet.
  11. Tap “Restart” if a prompt asks you to. Otherwise, continue.
  12. Connect your iPad to a power source and ensure you’re on a Wi-Fi network.
  13. Head to Settings –> General –> Software Update.
  14. Choose “Download and Install” if the software is not already downloading.
  15. Enter your passcode if asked.
  16. Tap “Agree” on the Terms & Conditions if it appears.
  17. Finish installing the iPadOS 16 beta like you would any other iPadOS update.




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