How to install the iOS 18 beta on your iPhone

Written on 06/14/2024
Taylor Bell

At WWDC 2024, Apple officially announced the next major update to the iOS platform. It's iOS 18, and it comes with a lot of new features and improvements, as well as Apple Intelligence, which is basically Apple's version of AI. The update isn't available yet, but if you're interested, you can install the iOS 18 beta on your device. That's how it's done.

Before You Start

Before you get too excited, it's important to note that iOS 18 is currently still in beta. This means that many features may not be available yet or may not work as expected. There's likely a ton of bugs to fix, not to mention potential app incompatibility issues.

This means that if you really want to install the iOS 18 beta, you need to make sure that:

  • The device you're installing it on doesn't have the RAM you use every day. This is important because you don't want to be left bricked if something goes wrong.
  • Also, make sure you back up all the data on your phone so you can restore it if something goes wrong.
  • Check if you're using one of the following compatible models and if it's running iOS 16.4 or later.

Compatible Models

  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

How to install iOS 18 beta

  • Go to the Apple developer site and sign in
  • If you’re not part of Apple’s developer program Enroll in it for $99 a year
  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy & Security and enable Developer Mode
  • Once Developer Mode is enabled, go to Settings > General > Software Update
  • You should now see a “Beta Updates” option under “Automatic Updates”
  • Select “Beta Updates” and ensure the Apple ID you’re using is the same ID registered under the developer program
  • Select iOS 18 Developer Beta
  • Go back to Settings > General > Software Update and you should see the beta update available for download. Tap “Download and Install” and follow the instructions and you should be good to go