iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 have their first public betas and are ready to go for compatible iPhones and iPads (see the list at bottom of this post). You don’t need to have the best hardware. All you need is the willingness to accept software that might not work 100% of time. The iOS 15 beta doesn’t require a special account. You can play with the iOS 15 preview as much as you like.

Both devices will benefit from the new update, which includes many new features. There are also new FaceTime features that allow Android and PC users to participate for the first time, and iMessage enhancements that make it easier for friends to track links and photos they have sent. Multitasking finally gets the boost it has been looking for since years. The iPad’s home screen is being completely redesigned.

Before you jump to the installation, please take a moment to backup your iPhone or iPad to your computer. If iOS 15 doesn’t feel stable enough, you can always go back to iOS 14, but any iCloud backups created on iOS 15 cannot be used to restore an iOS 14 device. You can create a backup of your computer before you enroll in the public beta. This will give you a point of reference. Let’s get to the fun part.

How to install Apple’s iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 public beta

Right now, the public beta is being released. Try again if you have trouble accessing the site. Apple’s servers currently are overwhelmed. After the site loads, follow these steps.

Enrol your iPhone or iPad into the public beta program. To visit this page, you’ll need Safari installed on your iPhone/iPad. Sign in with the same Apple ID that you used to sign up for the public beta if you have previously participated in it. If you don’t have an Apple ID, click on the Sign up button and follow the steps. Sign in using the same Apple ID that you use on your iPhone and iPad.

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Once you have signed in, click the OS that corresponds to your device. If you are enrolling your iPhone or iPad, click on iOS. Click the link Enroll your device in the Get Started section. Apple’s instructions include the same advice as I gave, creating a backup before proceeding. Once you have backed up your device, click on the blue Download profile button to install the beta profile.

Next, open Settings and tap the beta profile at the top of the screen. After you approve the installation, your device will be restarted. After your iPhone/iPad reboots, you will be prompted to approve the installation. Next, go to Settings > General > Software update.

This is a large download so ensure you have reliable Wi-Fi connectivity to speed it up. To ensure that your phone doesn’t go dead mid-upgrade, it’s a good idea for you to plug it into a charger.

Is iOS 15 and iPad 15 compatible with my iPhone or iPad?

Apple has published a list indicating which devices will be receiving the update when it launches later in the year. It is easy to determine if your iPhone/iPad will run iOS 15. You can install the update if your device is running iOS 14 at this time. These are the compatible devices.

Apple released WatchOS 8’s first public beta along with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public betas. You can always go back to iOS 14 if you decide that iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are too buggy in a few weeks.