iOS 17 Public Beta Coming in July, But Developer Beta is Already Free

Apple previously announced that the first public betas of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, tvOS 17, and HomePod software version 17 will be available in July. However, it is already possible to install the developer betas for free this year.

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For the first time, developer betas no longer require purchasing Apple Developer program membership for $99 per year. Instead, the developer betas are available to anyone with an Apple developer account, which can be created for free with an Apple ID. Below, we have shared step-by-step instructions on how to install the iOS 17 developer beta for free, but we advise against installing the beta on your primary iPhone due to software bugs.

For those who wish to avoid betas, all of the software updates will be released to the public later this year. iOS 17 in particular should be released in September alongside new iPhones, and is compatible with the iPhone XS and newer.

How to Download iOS 17 Developer Beta

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone and visit developer.apple.com.
  2. Tap the menu icon in the top-left corner of the page, then tap Account.
  3. Under "Sign in to Apple Developer," enter and submit your Apple ID and password using the arrow buttons, then enter the two-factor authentication code sent to your devices.
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  4. Tap the top-left menu icon again, then tap Account.
  5. Accept the legal terms of the Apple Developer Agreement by scrolling down the page, checking the box, and tapping I Agree.
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  6. Make sure your iPhone is running iOS 16.4 or later by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update. If it is, and you have just completed steps 1-5 to register a developer account, restart your iPhone. If it isn't, download and install the latest update to your device, then wait for it to restart.
  7. Now go back to Settings -> General -> Software Update.
  8. Tap Beta Updates. If you don't see the option, try switching off Download iOS Updates (Automatic Updates -> Download iOS Updates), then tap Back and it should appear.
  9. Select iOS 17 Developer Beta in the list, then tap Back.
  10. Wait for the Software Update screen to check Apple's servers. When the iOS 17 Developer Beta appears, tap Download and Install, then follow the instructions and wait for installation to complete.
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