Apple has released a new iOS 12.1 public beta 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It is a minor update with almost no new features, except the inclusion of Group FaceTime. iOS 12 was released recently with new features like grouped notifications, Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time and more. To test the new features, you can install iOS 12.1 public beta 5 on your iPhone or iPad, by following our helpful guide.
If you already have the public beta profile installed, go to Settings > General > Software Update to download and install the new beta over-the-air.
You can also turn on Automatic Updates to receive the update automatically, as long as your iOS device is plugged in to a charger at night.
If you don’t have the iOS 12.1 public beta installed, follow our guide below on how to do so.
What’s new in iOS 12?
iOS 12 is a major new update, one which users had been waiting for. It finally brings performance improvements to older iPhone and iPad models. Other much awaited features included in this update are group FaceTime video calls and notification grouping by apps. Notifications are much smarter now and can also be customized right from the lock screen, based on your usage. Other features include ScreenTime, new camera effects, Animojis with tongue detections, Memojis which are virtual avatars that work with iPhone X’s TrueDepth, Siri Shortcuts and much more. Read our comprehensive preview of iOS 12 features for more details.
Before we begin, here is the mandatory disclaimer. Even though public beta builds are generally more stable than developer builds, they are still test versions of the operating system. It is recommended to use a spare device for testing so that the device and apps that you use daily are not effected. If this is not possible, make sure you backup your data before proceeding.
Backup iOS device
If you have enough iCloud storage space, always backup your iOS device to both iCloud as well as iTunes. iCloud will help with an easy restore, in case there are issues with the beta build, without having to connect to iTunes. However, the iTunes backup is like plan B, in case iCloud backup doesn’t help.
Connect your iOS device to your Windows PC or Mac, open iTunes and start a backup. Don’t forget to enable Encrypt iPhone backup in iTunes. This will ensure that your account passwords, Health app, Activity app and Home app data are also backed up.
Download iOS 12.1 Public Beta 5
- Head over to beta.apple.com in Safari on your iOS device and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Go to this link and make sure you are on the iOS tab.
- Tap on the blue Download profile button.
- Tap Allow on the configuration profile permission dialogue box that shows up.
- If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, iOS will ask you to choose the device on which you want to install the profile. Tap on iPhone.
- On the Install Profile screen, tap Install on the top right corner. If asked, enter your device passcode. Your device will restart to complete profile installation.
- Once your device restarts, go to Settings > General > Software Update and wait for the update to show up. Once it shows, tap on Download and Install. Once the update downloads, start the install process. This might take some time so make sure your iOS device has enough battery charge.
That’s it, Once installation completes, you should have iOS 12.1 public beta 5 on your device. Future updates will be available for install over-the-air from Settings > General > Software Update.
Don’t forget to share your feedback on new features and issues with Apple, using the feedback app.