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iOS 17.2 Beta Installation Guide: How to Get the New Software on Your iPad

October 30, 2023
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Although both iPadOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.2 have already been made available to the public, there is still more work to be done before this year’s big software update is launched. Apple will keep releasing point releases until iPadOS 18 is released. If you’re a developer or public beta tester, you’ll be the first to test out any new features and tweaks Apple has in store.

Backing Up Before You Continue

Backing Up Before You Continue

Prior to installing the most recent beta update, you should make a backup of your iPad’s current iPadOS 16 or iPadOS 17 software if you think you might want to downgrade from an iPadOS 17 beta version. It is crucial to avoid having your Mac’s copy of iPadOS 16 or 17 replaced by a backup of the most recent iPadOS 17.2 Beta after you install it.

  1. Select a cable that is compatible with both your Mac and iPad.
  2. On your Mac, select your iPad from the Finder’s sidebar.
  3. If the “General” tab isn’t already open, select it.
  4. In the Backups section, select the option “Back up all of the data on your iPad to this Mac”.
  5. To secure your local backup using a password, check “Encrypt.” (This is not required.)
  6. Opt for “Back Up Now.”
  7. When the Finder has finished backing up your iPad, choose “Manage Backups”.
  8. To archive a backup, right-click on it.
  9. From the contextual menu, select “Archive”.
  10. The backup should now be protected against overwriting, as shown by a date that appears in its name.

iOS 17.2 Beta Installation Software

iOS 17.2 Beta Installation Software

It is recommended that your iPad be running iPadOS 16.4 or later in order to follow these instructions for installing the iPadOS 17.2 Public Beta. You will need to install a configuration profile if it isn’t already there.

If you are already a member of the Apple Beta Software Programme, skip to Step 4.

  1. If your Apple ID hasn’t been enrolled from prior beta installations, enroll it in the Apple Beta Software e Programme. Upon arriving at beta.apple.com, select “Sign Up” or “Sign In.”
  2. After reading the agreement and logging in with your Apple ID, select “Agree.” If you’re already using iPadOS 16.4 or later, skip to Step 4. If not, move on to Step 3.
  3. Visit beta.apple.com/download/1015832 If you’re running iPadOS 16.3 or earlier, then select “Allow” to download the iPadOS 17 setup profile. After that, select the downloaded Beta Software profile under Settings > General > VPN & Device Management, then hit “Install” to begin the installation process.
  4. Click on Beta Updates under Settings > General > Software Update.
  5. Verify that the Apple ID you used to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Programme is the one indicated at the bottom. If not, tap it, choose “Use a different Apple ID,” then enter the proper password and email address to log in. It only impacts software updates, so you can install betas on other devices you own that don’t use your Apple Beta Software Programme Apple ID as the primary Apple ID. Changing Apple IDs here won’t affect Apple IDs used for other apps and services on the device.
  6. Make sure the iPadOS 17 Public Beta is checked using the correct Apple ID.
  7. Click “Back” to go back to Software Update and check if the public beta of iPadOS 17 is available for installation.
  8. When the iPadOS 17 Beta is released, install it just like any other software update.
  9. Preferable: To ensure that the iPadOS 17 stable update is as bug-free as possible, let Apple know about any software problems you run into. The iPad app Feedback Assistant allows you to submit feedback. On stable iPadOS software, the app is often hidden, but when it’s in beta, it can be seen. Use the volume button shortcut to attach a system diagnosis report along with your feedback so Apple can figure out what caused the problem.

Installing iPadOS 17 Developer Beta Software

Installing iPadOS 17 Developer Beta Software

These instructions are based on the assumption that the target iPad is running iOS 16.4 or later and that you are already a registered developer in the Apple Developer Programme. Installing beta software is significantly simpler on iPadOS 16.4 or later.

  1. Switch to beta updates under Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. Make sure the Apple ID at the bottom is the one linked to your subscription to the Apple Developer Programme. If not, tap it, choose “Use a different Apple ID,” then enter the proper password and email address to log in. You can install betas on other devices you own that do not utilize your Apple Developer Programme Apple ID as the primary Apple ID. Changing Apple IDs here only impacts software updates and will not affect Apple IDs used for other apps and services on the device.
  3. Make sure the iPadOS 17 Developer Beta is checked using the correct Apple ID.
  4. To check whether the iPadOS 17 Developer Beta is prepared for installation, press “Back” to go back to Software Update.
  5. When the iPadOS 17 Beta is released, install it just like any other software update.
  6. Preferable: If you encounter any software or developer-related problems, let Apple know about them. This will help ensure that the iPadOS 17 stable upgrade is as error-free as possible. The iPad app Feedback Assistant allows you to submit feedback. On stable iPadOS software, the app is often hidden, but when it’s in beta, it can be seen. Use the volume button shortcut to attach a system diagnosis report along with your feedback so Apple can figure out what caused the problem.

Compatible iPadOS 17 Devices

Compatible iPadOS 17 Devices

The following iPad models are compatible with the iPadOS 17.2 Beta: The iPad (5th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation), and iPad Pro 9.7-inch are now limited to using the most recent iPadOS 16 software because Apple did not mention them among the supported iPadOS 17 models.

  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (10th generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch

Conclusion

Apple’s iPadOS 17 software update has been released to the public, and there is still much work ahead for this year’s major update. Developers and public beta testers can test out new features and changes before everyone else by connecting their iPads and Macs with a compatible cable. To archive a backup of the current iPadOS 16 or iPadOS 17 software on your iPad before installing the latest beta update, connect your iPad and Mac with a compatible cable.

Installing the iPadOS 17 Public Beta Software works best when your iPad is already updated to iPadOS 16.4 or later. If not, you will need to install a configuration profile. Enroll your Apple ID in the Apple Beta Software Programme if it hasn’t already been enrolled from previous beta installations. Click here to download beta.apple.com/1015832. then select “Allow” to start the iPadOS 17 setup profile download. Select the downloaded Beta Software profile by going to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management, then hit “Install” to begin the installation process.

Installing iPadOS 17 Developer Beta Software assumes you are already a registered developer in the Apple Developer Programme running iPadOS 16.4 or later on the target iPad. Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates. Ensure the Apple ID listed at the bottom is the one assigned to your Apple Developer Programme subscription.

Compatible iPadOS 17 devices include the iPad Air (5th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation), and iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

FAQS

How do I get the latest version of iOS beta?

To install the iOS 17 public beta, simply navigate to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates if you’re using iOS 16.4 or higher.

How do I get the iOS 17.2 beta?

Locate “iOS 17.2 beta,” select Download Restore Images, and download the iOS beta software restore image for your particular device on your Mac by going to the Apple Developer Programme download page.

What’s new in the iOS 17.2 beta?

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