Installing iOS 13 Beta & iPadOS Beta Right Now is Easy, But Wait

Jun 5, 2019 - 5 Comments

iOS 13 Beta and iPadOS Beta

Now that iOS 13 beta 1 and iPadOS beta 1 are in the wild for developers to test, an increasing number of curious users are seeking out ways to download and install the latest beta system software onto their iPhones and iPads to try out all the fancy new features.

Technically, anyone can install the developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 onto their devices right now just by using the proper IPSW files for their particular iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 compatible device. But that doesn’t mean you should.

Why is running beta iOS 13 or iPadOS a bad idea?

Running developer beta system software is just not a good idea for the average iPhone or iPad user.

Initial beta builds of any new operating system are notoriously buggy, slow, and prone to problems that will not exist in later releases of the operating system, and iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 are not any different.

Many users who have installed the iOS 13 beta onto an iPhone or iPadOS beta onto an iPad have already discovered that the software crashes often, battery drains rapidly, some apps are incompatible or don’t work as expected, there are quirks with iCloud, notes may disappear or reappear after being deleted, and many other problems may be encountered that just won’t be apparent in the final release of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 when it is released this fall.

Perhaps worst of all, running beta system software can lead to permanent data loss from the device being run on, or even lead to a ‘bricked’ device that must be restored through more complex mechanisms than what the average iPhone or iPad user is ready to perform.

Who are these developer beta builds of iOS and iPadOS for then?

So who should be running these early builds of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13? The answer is fairly obvious; developers!

If you are a developer or someone who needs to test the latest upcoming software builds for some other reason, then by all means head on over to the Apple Developer page, join the annual membership program for the $99 fee, and download and install the betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and MacOS Catalina.

But I can download iOS 13 IPSW files now!

Unless the source of the IPSW files is Apple, you should ignore it. You should never download anything from an untrusted source.

In this case, the only trusted source for legitimate iOS 13 IPSW or iPadOS IPSW would be Apple and the developer download page at

Do not download anything claiming to be iOS 13 or iPadOS from anywhere other than Apple.

Want to Beta Test iOS 13 & iPadOS? Wait for the Public Beta of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, macOS Catalina

For non-developers, the more casually curious, and those who simply want to tinker with and beta test out an upcoming system software release, a much better solution is to wait for the iOS 13 public beta, iPadOS 13 public beta, and MacOS Catalina public beta.

When does the iOS 13 public beta start? How do I participate?

Apple has said that public beta testing for the new iOS, ipadOS, and macOS releases will start in July.

Anyone can sign up for the beta testing program at

Participating in the public beta for iOS 13, iPadOS, and MacOS Catalina is free.

While the public beta builds will still be buggy and prone to issues that final builds of system software won’t be, they’ll be notably further along in the development process than the current developer builds of beta system software, and will offer a much better beta experience.

Furthermore, the iOS public beta, ipadOS public beta, and macOS public beta programs are specifically intended for broader beta testing, which is why they’re called a public beta, whereas the developer beta is truly only intended for developers.

So despite drooling over the features of iOS 13 and iPadOS, and MacOS Catalina, if you feel the urge to install the beta software now, just wait for now, the public beta is not far off, and the final stable builds will be released this fall.


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


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  1. Joshua Bradshaw says:

    I did the update, It has bricked my phone and I cant connect it to I tunes to fix it and I cant go to apple support because it needs a verification code. and my watch wont get the message without being connected to my phone what can I do?

    • Deidre says:

      Put your iPhone into Recovery Mode (or DFU if that fails) and then restore it with iTunes.

      How did you install the update? This is why installing betas on primary hardware is a bad idea.

      On a Mac you might need to install Xcode 11 beta before you can restore with iTunes.

  2. Dolby Oromo says:

    This year Apple didn’t provide the mobileconfig profiles of iOS 13 that many were using before to install the iOS betas, probably to limit the number of casual users doing it.

    Windows can install iOS 13 IPSW with a little command line tweak thing. Mac needs the new Xcode or Catalina Beta.

    Really in my opinion iOS 13 is not super different and not worth using the beta yet. It has Dark Mode,and iPadOS has mouse support under Accessibility, but the iPad multitasking is still very confusing and the home screen is the same as it ever was except the Today screen can be seen with icons next to it.

  3. TOODLES says:

    Anyone can download iOS 13 IPSW from this website called Beta Profiles

    On Mac you’ll need the new Xcode 11 beta or Catalina Beta

    Xcode 11 beta can be downloaded from Apple by anyone (free login needed)

    Also a mirror available for Xcode which I found on Twitter!PEdnwSSJ!86LmXCrFIzWqWFJsGkaK7am2_yaMPmi8z88UuAh7tfo

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