Steps in Installing iOS 8 Beta on Your Phone

If you have a newer generation of iPhone, iPad or iPod touch you can download for yourself the Beta version of iOS 8 which is going to fix some bugs, will come with some new APIs and features. We say newer generation because Apple isn’t making this operating system available for everyone: for example, if you have an iPhone 4 you should look more into the discussions if Apple will or will not release iOS 8 for your handset as well.

The features brought to you by the iOS 8 Beta will be:

  • Change in design
  • New Mail Gestures
  • Improved notifications – these will be interactive
  • When you enter Multitasking View you will encounter Frequent Contacts
  • Safari Tab View mode, and more.

Before you actually download the Beta version, we suggest some preparation. This tutorial is more of a guide in your installation process, because according to your device, be it an iPhone or an iPad, you will encounter some differences, so keep that in mind. Before you start the process, make sure you have every file backed up either on your computer with the help of iTunes or via iCloud. You can follow this tutorial only if you are a member of Apple’s Developer’s Program (which is paid with $99.00 every year).

Now, let’s jump to the actual tutorial. To download and install iOS 8 Beta version, follow these steps.

  1. Start by signing up to iOS Dev Center. If you already have an account, you can skip this step.
  2. Actually sign into iOS Dev Center. What you will need is your Apple ID you received when you became a member of Apple’s Developer’s Program.
  3. Register your desired UDID (Unique Device Identifier) to install the Beta version on. To find the UDID you need to go to iTunes, click the serial number and copy it.
  4. Then you are in developer portal, you will need to switch to iOS 8 Beta, scroll down until you reach the iOS 8 Beta version for your particular device and start your download.
  5. Extract the file from .ZIP to .IPSW
  6. Connect your device to a computer (be it PC or Mac) and start iTunes
  7. Restore your iPhone. If you are on a Mac, you need to hold Alt; if you are on a PC, you need to hold shift. While holding the key, click Restore iPhone and select the .IPSW you just extracted.
  8. Start the installing process of the iOS 8 Beta version which is not supposed to give you any trouble. Your device will have the Beta version in a matter of minutes.

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