iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 released as public betas

iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra public betas are now available to download for all registered users. You can sign up and download the pulic betas on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or mac right away.

Apple has a beta software program, where users can sign up to register their devices and install iOS and macOS public betas from. It is not recommended to install a public beta on your daily driver since it might contin bugs. If you are a user who knows how to revert back to an older version of iOS and OS X, find below the steps to install the public betas on your devices.

How to sign up for public betas of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra

Make sure that your iOS or Mac are compatible with iOS 10 and macOS 10.12. Then head over to Apple’s Beta Software Program website and register with your Apple ID. Once done, enroll your devices to receive the updates. Follow the below steps to do so.

Enroll Mac for macOS 10.12 Sierra beta

  1. Backup your Mac. We recommend using Time Machine with an external drive to backup your data.
  2. Download the public beta access utility from the public beta software website after registration.
  3. Install the utility and open up the Mac App Store. Navigate to the Updates tab and you should see the macOS 10.12 public beta update.

In case you change your mind later, you can unenroll your Mac from the macOS public beta program. However, this will not roll your Mac back to a stable update. This has to be done manually and this is where the Time Machine backup that you create in step 1, comes in handy.

You can also dual boot macOS 10.12 with OS X El Capitan. This will help you in preserving your current installation and using it whenever you want, along with the new update.

To unenroll:

  1. Open up System Preferences on your Mac and click on the App Store icon.
  2. You would see a message which says ‘Your computer is set to receive beta software updates’. Click on the ‘Change’ button next to it.
  3. Click on ‘Do not show beta software updates’.

Enroll iPhone or iPad for iOS 10 beta

  1. Go to on your iOS device.
  2. Click on ‘download’ and install the configuration profile. You might have to put in your passcode to allow it.
  3. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for iOS 10 public beta update and download it.

If you want to unenroll from the public beta, follow our guide to downgrade from iOS 10 beta to iOS 9.

Apple includes feedback apps with iOS and macOS betas so make sure to provide your feedback if you use the new operating systems.

iOS 10 beta 2 and macOS 10.12 beta 2 were also released to developers yesterday. Check out our guide to see what’s new in the latest iOS 10 beta 2 update.

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