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Apple has dropped the beta for iPadOS 16 for developers with a registered developer account, as it needs developer input for new features and testing. Since this is beta software that we’re talking about, it is highly recommended to only put the iPadOS 16 beta on a device that is dedicated for beta software and development. After all, you wouldn’t want your primary device to brick because of an early software release, right?
Here’s how to download and install the iPadOS 16 developer beta on your best iPad.
Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Those with registered developer accounts can download and install the first iPadOS 16 right now via their Mac, and should be able to install the beta profile and install it as an over-the-air update directly on an iPad soon. With iPadOS 16, we should be seeing the first of many new features like an improved multitasking experience on the iPad, and so much more.
This first part is easy and works just like it does on any Mac operating system.
Before you begin, make sure you back up your iPad. While the beta process is fairly straightforward, any time you make any significant change to your device you risk problems. And with your personal data, it’s always — always! — better to be safe than sorry. Even if you back up every night, you’ll want to make sure it’s absolutely up-to-date.
Archiving will prevent your current backup from being overwritten by an iPadOS backup in the future, should you want to revert for any reason.
iTunes will now install iPadOS onto your iPad. This process will take some time, and you shouldn’t unplug your iPad from your Mac until the update is complete.
Before you do anything else, make sure you have a developer account with Apple — without a paid account, you won’t be able to download any non-Xcode betas.
Thanks to Apple’s configuration profile, you can download iPadOS betas directly on your iPad, no Mac required!
To install the iPadOS beta, you’ll need to visit Software Update on your iPad once you have the profile loaded.
Your iPad will reboot to install iPadOS 16. There will be a couple of progress bars going across the screen. Sit tight, and let everything finish.
Once your iPad reboots, it’ll be running iPadOS the latest beta. There’s a brief bit of setup you’ll need to go through, however, as the system will have changed enough that it’ll need your login to complete the update.
Once that’s done, you’ll be on the Home screen and ready to rock the latest iPadOS beta on your best iPad.
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