How to Download iOS 18 Beta on Your iPhone Right Now

iOS 18 has been announced by Apple at WWDC 2024, bringing new features like a redesigned home screen, customizable control center, locked and hidden apps, text messaging via satellite, and a redesigned Photos app. While the general public release will happen later this year, the first iOS 18 developer beta is now available for download. Here’s how you can get it on your iPhone.

Before you download the iOS 18 developer beta, there are a few things you should consider. The beta is intended for developers to test their apps on upcoming versions of iOS and to identify and report bugs. Running the developer beta on your phone may lead to instability, app crashes, faster battery drain, or overheating. However, if you’re willing to take the risk, here’s how you can download iOS 18.

To enroll in the Apple Developer program for free and access the iOS 18 developer beta, follow these steps:
1. Go to the Apple Developer website and sign in with your Apple ID.
2. Read through the Apple Developer Agreement and submit your details.
3. You can now access the iOS 18 developer beta under Software Downloads.

If you prefer an over-the-air update, follow these steps:
1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
2. Select Beta Updates and tap on the iOS 18 Developer Beta option.
3. Tap Download and Install to begin the installation process.

Alternatively, if you have limited storage on your iPhone, you can use your Mac to update to the iOS 18 developer beta:
1. Go to the Apple Developer Program download page on your Mac and download the iOS beta software restore image for your iPhone model.
2. Connect your iPhone to your computer, open Finder, and select your device.
3. Hold down the Option key, click Check for Update, and choose the iOS 18 beta software restore image.
4. Wait for the installation to complete and enjoy iOS 18 on your device.

Keep in mind that running a developer beta may come with risks, so proceed with caution. If you encounter any issues, you can always revert to a stable version of iOS. Stay informed and enjoy the new features of iOS 18 on your iPhone.