The newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7, is still a while from being officially released. If you want to try it out before it’s available to the public at large, you’ll have to use the beta version of the software that is currently being evaluated by developers.
Before you decide that you just can’t wait for the official release, remember that beta software is still in the testing phase. It typically has bugs that need to be worked out before it’s ready for full implementation, so don’t forget that you’ll likely suffer a few of these bugs when using the beta version. Take the necessary precautions by backing up your phone before you install the iOS 7 Beta software.
It is also important to note that you’ll need to register your Unique Device Identifier (UDID) with Apple as a developer. There is an annual cost of $99.00 associated with this registration. If you know someone who is already a developer, you could also ask them to simply add your UDID to their developer account and thereby receive access to iOS 7 Beta.
Caution! AppleApproved does not assume responsibility for any problems which may occur during the installation of iOS 7 Beta. We do not assume responsibility for any damages or faults which may be caused by the installation process outlined in this guide. These instructions should result in an error free process if followed correctly; however, please be advised that you will be attempting this process at your own risk.
Important! If you have not backed up your device, it is recommended that you do so before continuing with the following process. Backing up your data is very easy with iCloud. Just navigate to your device Settings, then to iCloud, then to Storage & Backup. Make sure iCloud’s Backup option is switched on and then press Back Up Now.
Step-by-Step Installation of iOS 7 Beta
The first thing you’re going to need to do is download the appropriate iOS 7 Beta file for the device you want to update. You’ll need to make sure that you’re getting the right software for your specific device. If you’re going to be installing iOS 7 Beta on an iPhone 5, this is particularly important, as there are two separate versions of the software available for that device. The difference comes down to where you’re located. In Australia, you’ll need to get the software for the model number A1429 iPhone 5. In the US and Canada, you’ll need the software designed for model number A1428. This is because these countries sell discrete iPhone 5 models.
To ensure that you’ve located the right download for your needs, make sure it is a file that ends in .ipsw. This proprietary Apple file type denotes that it is iPod Software or iPhone Software. It is Apple’s traditional method of loading any iOS software on any iPhone, iPad or iPod device.
Once you have the right .ipsw file, open iTunes on your computer. Using the USB cable, plug your device into the computer. When these steps are complete, you’re ready to restore your device with iOS 7 Beta.
If you’re on a Mac, you’ll need to do this by holding down the alt/option key and then clicking on “Restore iPhone.” This action will cause a pop-up box to open. Find the .ipsw file you just downloaded and click on it to open it. This will prompt another pop-up window telling you that iTunes is about to erase your iPhone and restore it with iOS 7. It will also provide restore information and verification to Apple.
With the completion of these steps, iOS 7 will be installed on your device. The process typically takes around 15 minutes, but may take as long as half an hour. It’s important to be patient. It’s also recommended that the device remain plugged into a power outlet when the restore is taking place.
You now have the latest version of Apple’s immensely popular mobile operating system. Explore it and see what you find, but watch out for the bugs!