Apple has released the fourth public beta build for iOS 11.4.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Users who are registered with Apple’s public beta software program can download the new build over-the-air on their iOS devices. Here is how you can also enroll your iOS device in the beta program to try out the latest updates, before everyone else.
iOS 11 public beta vs developer builds
Apple has two concurrent iOS testing programs available for users. The first one is for developer testing, available for users signed up to Apple’s developer program. This costs $99/year and is only recommended for advanced users or enthusiasts who want to stay on the bleeding edge of software updates. Developer builds are known to have bugs and stability issues which is why they are limited to just development program members.
Public beta builds normally are more stable than developer builds, but less stable than general releases. Any user with an iOS device can sign up to Apple’s public beta software program to download and test the latest OS updates. Even though this is relatively safer than a developer build, there is always a possibility that a bug can cause major issues, including data loss.
Backup iOS device
Before we begin, make sure to backup your iPhone or iPad using iCloud as well as iTunes. This will come in handy incase there are issues with the beta build or you want to downgrade to a general iOS release.
If you use Health and Activity apps on iOS, make sure to check Encrypt iPhone backup, otherwise this data will not be backed up.
Download iOS 11.4.1 Public Beta 5
- Go to beta.apple.com and register. If you already have an Apple ID (this is the same as your App Store or iCloud ID), you can use it to sign in.
- Now we will download the iOS beta profile to your iPhone or iPad. Access this link from Safari on your iOS device.
- Tap on the blue download profile button and it will show a pop-up. Tap allow.
- If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, you would be asked if want to install the profile on either of these devices. Select iPhone, as this profile is not valid for Apple Watch.
- You will now be taken to the Install Profile screen. Tap Install on the top right. You might have to enter your device passcode to proceed. Your device will now restart to complete the profile installation process.
- Once your device restarts, go to Settings > General > Software Update and wait for the public beta to show up. You can now download and install it. This might take a while and your device will restart a few times. Note that this process will not erase any data or apps.
- Once the process is complete, login using your Apple ID and complete the setup process.
This process only needs to be done once. For any subsequent beta updates, you will be able to install them by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Make sure to share your feedback on new features and bugs that you might find in the update.
To uninstall iOS beta from your device, you would have to format your device and reinstall iOS using iTunes. Simply removing the beta profile will not help.