How to Remove iOS Beta Profile and Opt Out of iOS Beta Updates

Jun 19, 2016 - 30 Comments

Opt out of iOS Betas

Installing an iOS beta onto an iPhone or iPad places an iOS Beta Software Profile certificate onto the device, which allows that hardware to receive new iOS beta builds through Software Update. If you decide you no longer want a specific device to receive beta updates however, you’ll want to remove the iOS beta profile certificate from the device, which will effectively opt the device out of being in the beta program.


Keep in mind this is only removing the iOS beta software certificate profile from Apple, thereby preventing future iOS beta update builds to be available on the device, it does not remove the beta system software itself from an iPhone or iPad. If you already installed a beta release and want to go back to a stable build you’d need to downgrade, for example you can downgrade iOS 10 beta to iOS 9.3.x with this guide, which also has the effect of removing the downgraded device from the beta program. This is the same with both the iOS developer beta and public beta releases.

Removing iOS Beta Profile Certificate from iPhone / iPad to Stop Getting iOS Beta Updates

This works the same on any iOS device with any iOS beta release:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running the iOS beta (or with the beta profile installed)
  2. iOS Settings

  3. Go to “General” and then to “Profile”
  4. Choose Profile to remove iOS beta software update profile certificate

  5. Under the ‘Configuration Profile’ list, choose “iOS Beta Software Profile – Apple Inc.”
  6. Select the iOS beta software profile

  7. Tap on the “Delete Profile” button, then enter the device passcode and confirm that you want to delete the beta profile from the device
  8. Remove the iOS beta profile

  9. Repeat with other beta profiles as desired (perhaps individual app betas)
  10. Exit out of Settings as usual, the device will no longer receive future iOS Beta software updates

Again, this prevents the device from getting future iOS beta builds through the OTA Software Update mechanism. This does not remove the beta iOS system software from the device, it just opts the specific iPhone or iPad hardware out of the beta release program. The only way to remove the iOS 10 beta is by downgrading back to a stable prior supported iOS 9.x release.

Once the beta profile is removed, the said device will not get any future beta updates, unless the device re-installs another beta certificate profile from Apple again (these certificates are what allow anyone to install iOS 10 beta right now if they get their hands on one, but practically nobody aside from developers should do that for many reasons). If the configuration profile list says “No profiles currently installed” then all beta update certificates for apps and iOS have been removed, or there wasn’t one on the device to begin with.

This obviously applies to the iOS beta releases, but Mac users can do something similar and opt out of macOS and Mac OS X beta software updates if desired as well.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. John says:

    Confused about OSXD’s target audience. So much of their/your info is for developers only. Or am I misconstruing Beta talk as Dev talk only?
    Thanks guys

    • Paul says:

      This article is for anyone running the betas. But, OSXDaily at large is for a broader audience, and if you have an Apple device or use related software, you’re the target audience! We generally cover a broad range of topics pertaining to Apple, some of it is advanced and some of it is basic. Not everything is going to apply to all users, but that’s the nature of having a diverse focus area (not everyone has an iPhone, but may have a Mac, or vice versa, for example).

      The beta system software was just released and is on a lot of peoples minds who want to test the releases. That applies to many, but not everyone. If you don’t have an iOS beta installed on your device this particular piece is likely not relevant to you, though many users install public betas and dev betas and later want to remove them, and it would be relevant in that case. If you don’t have an interest in the betas, don’t worry about this one :)

  2. Edwin Voss says:

    Very useful, thanks. I installed the profile from a link, but then didn’t install the beta (didn’t want the bugs, chickened out!).

    Perfect solution.

  3. Memmo says:

    I have installed iOs10 beta. But I have deleted the profile. Would I still be able to update iOs10 when it is released? Or do I have to downgrade first? Because what you said there was I wouldnt be able to update future updates if I deleted the profile.

  4. Jasmine says:

    I have followed the necessary steps to remove the Beta and downgrade yet there is still issues with my phone.. My music disables when I try to click on a song. Also there is a system update for the beta 10 in my setting even thou I deleted the profile. This is my fault but please help

  5. Azaria says:

    How do I downgrade to IOS 9.3.2 please help I’m really tired of these bugs

  6. Jeff K says:

    I downgraded from IOS 10 Beta 2, to iOS 9.3.2. Now I am trying to update to 9.3.3 but the beta profile is still in my updates section. I even deleted the iOS 10 beta profile. Please Help

  7. Raul says:

    I’m running iOS 10 Public Beta 2 which looks way too stable(r) than PB1.
    In any case, I’ve had enuff and m done with the previewing. My question here is what if I keep Public Beta 2 on my phone…that is to say I DON’T DOWNGRADE, and still delete the Beta Profile on my phone, will I recieve regular updates (& not BETA’s) like everyone else does?
    What I intend to ask you is will I get the final release of iOS 10 software OTA? My phone tells me I’m running iOS 10 but it doesn’t say I’m running iOS 10 PUBLIC BETA 2. So will the final release of iOS 10 be available to me? Or will the iOS 10 already running on my device create a conflict the the new available version (whenever its out)?
    IN SHORT, do I need to downgrade to be able to install the final iOS 10 release? Is it essential?

  8. Help? says:

    HELP? I installed TorGuard and I love it, but it now appears as my profile, so will deleting this profile take away my TorGuard service? I was happy to purchase this iPad with iOS 8, and don’t look forward to changing things because I understand the system the way it is. The ios9.3 auto downloaded, but I didn’t install. What is your opinion/advice? Thanks so very much.

  9. K.c says:

    Does it delete any pictures or apps?

  10. Peejhay says:

    I still receiving a beta update even though i deleted the profile of beta. what i need to do? I already downgraded my iphone to ios 9.

  11. aliyah says:

    it deleted mostly all of my apps when I deleted the profile , but how can I get the profile back ?

  12. Anthony says:

    For those of you still having trouble with the beta update wanting to install even after removing the profile, the problem is likely that your phone has already downloaded the beta update. It appears that once your phone has downloaded the update, it will always want to install it regardless of the existence of a profile. If this is the case, simply go into Storage & iCloud Usage -> Manage Storage, select the downloaded update and delete it. Once you do that, the next time you force your phone to check for an update, it will find the official iOS 10 release.

  13. karm says:

    sir, i have deleted the ios beta software profile and my phone is hanged then i switch off now it is not getting on only black screen and loading is there what should i do

  14. Christina says:

    I had the beta on my iPhone 6s. When I got the iPhone 7 I never installed the beta to that phone. However the iOS 10 beta update showed up on my phone anyway. When I tried to delete the profile from the phone it wasn’t there. So I don’t have the profile on my phone but I’m still getting the beta updates. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want the beta on my phone. How do I get rid of it with no profile???

  15. Danial says:

    Thank you so much!!

  16. KAH says:

    i need help getting rid of the beta updates on my daughters 5s. she received a link for beta updates from a friend and, as teens do, immediately installed it without asking her parents. she didn’t perform a backup before installing the beta updates and there is no “profile” option under settings>general, not sure why. therefore, i’m unable to restore a previous saved beta free backup nor am i able to delete the beta software profile. H E L P !!

  17. Eugen says:

    Same problem as KAH help please

  18. Robert says:

    I am currently running a beta software on my iPhone 6s Plus and the software constantly messes with my iPhone. To the point where I can’t open messages or all my photos disappear but in storage settings it says I still have 35.55 gb of photos and videos. And I am fearful that with removing the beta it will remove my photos, apps or contact information. Will any of this happen if i remove the beta?

  19. Leo says:

    I tried that but is it still says UPDATE TO IOS NOW.

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