The iPadOS 17 Public Beta is finally available to users who want a less buggy experience than the developer betas. Apple started testing developer betas last month and since then the company has released four developer betas, including the last beta re-release. This means Apple has fixed most of the bugs in this one-month period. So you can expect stable performance on iPadOS 17 Public Beta.
This year, iPadOS 17 comes with a bunch of new features, including the much-awaited lock screen personalization, which was revealed in iOS 16 but not in iPadOS 16. And it comes with so many additions that make the feature even better.
Apple will release the iPadOS 17 to everyone this fall along with the new iPhone series. And till then we can expect a bunch of iPadOS 17 beta builds featuring new features and improvements. Public Beta is a good choice if you don’t want to deal with multiple bugs that are always the case at the beginning of any beta. Thankfully, that phase already passed with developer betas.
If you haven’t gone through the preview of iPadOS 17, Apple has removed some iPads from the iPadOS 17 eligibility. Want to know if your iPad is eligible for iPadOS 17 or not, you can check the list below.
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
- iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
- iPad (6th generation and later)
- iPad mini (5th generation and later)
How to Get iPadOS 17 Public Beta
Now you know the supported devices and know that iPadOS 17 Public Beta is available, you can now get the Public Beta on your iPad. And joining Public Beta is quite easy since you don’t need a developer account.
As mentioned earlier, iPadOS 17 Public Beta is quite stable compared to the developer betas, you still need to know that Public Beta can also have some bugs that might affect your experience with your iPad. So make sure you try the iPadOS 17 Public Beta at your own risk.
Take a Backup of your iPad
The one important thing you should always consider before upgrading your iPad is taking a backup. This is the step you don’t want to miss as you don’t know when you might need the backup. There are always chances that you may lose your data while switching to a beta. Also if you find the iPadOS 17 beta not working out for you and decide to rollback, you will need the backup to restore your data.
To back up your data you can use iCloud or you can use iTunes/Finder to take local backup. I recommend local backup as you can make edits on them if there is a need for that.
Download and Install iPadOS 17 Public Beta
Now it’s time to get iPadOS 17 experience with the public beta. Here is the process.
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Navigate to General > Software Update.
- Here you will see two options at the top, Automatic Updates and Beta Updates. Tap the Beta Updates option.
- Now select the iPadOS 17 Public Beta and go back.
- Once you opt for the iPadOS 17 Public Beta you will see the first public beta right away in the Software Update page.
- Tap on Download and Install to enjoy iPadOS 17 on your iPhone.
- That’s it.
The public beta is finally available to everyone who wants to test iPadOS 17 beta without a developer account. And the public beta is less buggy than the developer beta since Apple already waited a month to release the Public Beta.
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