Do not download the iOS 16 Developer beta on your iPhone. here why

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Apple announced iOS 16, the latest mobile operating system, in WWDC 2022targeting a public release date sometime in late 2022. However, there is already an early version of iOS 16 Currently available for download – iOS 16 Developer Beta 2.

Downloading the beta version will let you get an early look at the features Apple revealed during its keynote earlier this month, including a file lock screen update With widgets and improved customization, as well as the ability to Editing and deleting texts in messages And the View saved Wi-Fi passwords in your settings.

But since iOS 16 is still in an early state at the moment, downloading the Developer Beta will not be useful for most people.

Read more: How to download iOS 16 developer beta now

If you are an app developer, downloading this version of iOS might be a great idea as it could allow an early look at the nuts and bolts of the next operating system. But most people will have to wait until the first stable release of iOS 16 due out later this year – most likely around the supposed release. iPhone 14 The line launches in the fall — or at the earliest, consider the public beta in July if you’re absolutely craving early access.

However, if you’re still tempted, we’d like to identify three main reasons why you should wait before downloading the iOS 16 beta.


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For starters, iOS 16 developer beta costs money

If you want to legitimately install iOS 16 on your iPhone, you must first be a member of Apple Developer Program – These costs $99 per year (or in local currency when available) for individual developers. And the price is worth the cost, but mostly if you are a developer. As a member of the Apple Developer Program, you get early access to shareware and app downloads, and this helps developers build their apps better.

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This is some shareware developers can download and install.

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Even if you are a hobbyist or just a huge fan of Apple products, the membership price may still be worth it. But for everyone else paying close to $100 a year for software that wasn’t fully developed or completed – it’s probably not. Instead of paying for the Apple Developer Program, you can wait until the public beta of iOS 16 in July, which will allow you to test new features and settings in front of the general public.

iOS 16 beta can also limit some features of your phone

Let’s say you decide to pay for the Apple Developer Program and download the first developer beta of iOS 16. You now install it on your main iPhone, which you use daily to send text messages, check emails, and surf the Internet.

This may not seem like an issue at first, but as with every developer beta, these early iterations of iOS 16 have bugs that can make the software difficult to use. Even if the first developer beta didn’t contain many bugs, the next version can do it.

For example, I’m running the first iOS 16 developer beta on my iPhone 11 Pro and I’m already having problems with several features and settings:

  • Not every photo or video I try to save from the internet will be saved to my camera roll. I have to redo the save a few times, or force close the app, before it actually saves to my device.
  • There is also random force closing. When I open certain apps, such as Instagram or Twitter, they will force close intermittently, most likely due to some incompatibility with iOS 16.
  • I also have issues with reopening closed tabs in Safari. No matter how many times you close certain tabs, they keep appearing again.
  • AirDrop does not work half the time.

And this is not to criticize the program itself, because all developer beta versions will have such problems, and this is normal. Most, if not all, of these bugs should be settled by the time the public release comes out. This is simply to paint a better picture of what you can expect from the initial releases. Unless you are ready to face such issues, you should not install iOS 16 on your iPhone, especially If your daily device.

And you may not be able to go back to iOS 15 without deleting personal data

Let’s say you’ve upgraded to iOS 16 developer beta and suddenly you’re having problems. I’m not happy with this early version of Apple’s software, so you’ll want to go back to iOS 15. Well, unless you archived an iOS 15 backup, the only way to downgrade is to restore your iPhone as a brand new device. While this will install the latest Apple mobile update (currently iOS 15.5), it may also permanently delete important data and settings from your phone.

Read more: Back up your iPhone even if there is not enough iCloud storage

Before downloading and installing iOS 16, be sure to create a backup while iOS 15 is running. You can do this via iCloud on your device, but Apple only keeps one backup at a time (per device), so an iOS 15 backup is not guaranteed to be available In case a future update replaces it, especially since most iCloud backups are done automatically while you sleep.

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The success of downgrading from iOS 16 to iOS 15 with all previous settings depends on whether or not you have a backup.

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As an added precaution, you can also use your computer to create an iOS 15 backup — using iTunes on Windows or Finder on Mac — that will be saved as a file on that device. You can then use this file to restore your device to iOS 15 and keep most of your personal data and settings intact.