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How to download
iPadOS 18 Beta

Get iPadOS 18 Developer Beta or iPadOS 18 Public Beta on your iPad using your Apple Account, without needing a beta profile.

Choose a Beta

You can always switch between Developer Beta or Public Beta if you change your mind.
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Back Up Your iPad

Skip this step if you already backed up your device.

The iPadOS 18 beta is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected and their data may not be backwards compatible. Be sure to back up your iOS device with Finder/iTunes before installing the software.

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Note: If you have not upgraded to macOS Catalina or later, you can archive a backup using iTunes. We recommend that you do an iTunes backup and archive it before installing the iPadOS beta.

Learn how to backup your iPad →

Sign in to the Apple Developer Center

Sign in to developer.apple.com/account using your Apple Account. You don't need to join Apple's Developer Program, no payment is required, just sign in and agree to the terms and conditions (if any). Then move to the next step.

Sign in to the Apple Developer Center.

Enable Beta Updates

Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates and then choose iPadOS 18 Developer Beta.

Choose iPadOS 18 Developer beta

Update Your iPad

Go back to Software Update, wait a moment for the update to appear, then tap the Update Now button to start the download.

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Back Up Your iPad

Skip this step if you already backed up your device.

The iPadOS 18 beta is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected and their data may not be backwards compatible. Be sure to back up your iOS device with Finder/iTunes before installing the software.

backup iphone via finder macos

Note: If you have not upgraded to macOS Catalina or later, you can archive a backup using iTunes. We recommend that you do an iTunes backup and archive it before installing the iPadOS beta.

Learn how to backup your iPad →

Sign Up to Apple Beta Software Program

Sign up to beta.apple.com using your Apple Account, agree to the terms and conditions (if any). Then move to the next step.

Sign up to the Apple Beta Software Program

Enable Beta Updates

Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates and then choose iPadOS 18 Public Beta.

If you don't see the Beta Updates option, please wait for a while or try again at a different time.

Choose iPadOS 18 Public beta

Update Your iPad

Go back to Software Update, wait a moment for the update to appear, then tap the Update Now button to start the download.

update ipados 18 beta

You can always switch to the "Off" option in the Beta Updates to stop receiving future iPadOS 18 beta updates.

However, if you want to roll back to the previous stable version, you'll need to do this through your PC or Mac. How to downgrade iPadOS 18 beta to a previous version →

Provide Feedback

Once the beta is installed, it will come with a built-in Feedback Assistant app, which can be launched from the second page of your Home screen. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, send your feedback to Apple with Feedback Assistant.

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