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This week, Apple introduced the re-released version of iOS 17 Beta 3, and it was followed by the release of its first public beta. You can now get them, but there are certain things to need to know first before installing them. Given that betas are not yet completely finished, testing them involves risks.

Testers of the developer beta version of iOS 17 are usually the ones experiencing the biggest risks. Public betas are more stable, but they are not still free from bugs and other problems. In fact, some testers of the iOS 17 public beta reported continuous issues regarding battery and keyboard performance, though milder compared to what developers first encountered. With this, installing the betas on primary devices is not recommended.

If you have already decided, know that there are device compatibility requirements in iOS 17. The new update dropped the support for iPhone‌ 8, ‌iPhone‌ 8 Plus, and ‌iPhone‌ X. As such, you can only get it in ‌iPhone‌ XS and newer models. For a full list of these devices, click here.

If your devices pass this requirement, you now need to check your current iOS version, as you need iOS 16.4 or later to get the iOS 17 beta. You can go to Settings > General > Software Update to get it.

Once the device is updated, you must sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program for developers or public testers. It will require your Apple ID, which you are using on your test device. Once enrolled, go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates. Here, you can select iOS 17 Developer Beta or iOS 17 Public Beta. Once selected, go back to the previous screen to see the beta you chose. Tap the Download and Install button.

Once installed, you’ll get access to different features and improvements made in iOS 17. Yet, as mentioned above, there is a high chance you’ll still encounter issues with whatever beta you get. Apple already provided the list of known issues of iOS 17 Beta 3. If you have discovered new ones, let us know in the comment section.


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