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iOS 12 beta download guide – easy steps to install the new iPhone update NOW

You can test out Apple's flashy new operating system on your iPhone ahead of its official launch this Autumn

APPLE's new iOS 12 update for iPhones won't be available as a general release until Autumn, but you can get your hands on it early by downloading the public beta.

That means you can get the update before all your friends by following our easy guide.

 Apple's iOS 12 can be accessed early by daring fans – but make sure to back your iPhone up first
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Apple's iOS 12 can be accessed early by daring fans – but make sure to back your iPhone up first

iOS 12 beta warning – what you need to know before installing

Before you dive in though, you should note that this is an incomplete version of the operating system, with all the bugs and glitches that includes.

So you probably shouldn't download it on your main iPhone or iPad.

If you do install it, make sure you follow our guide on how to back up your iPhone.

That way if something goes wrong, you can restore all of your important photos and files very easily.

The good news is that app makers who tried the iOS 12 developer preview say that the new update has been working flawlessly – and even made their phones work faster.

 New Memoji let you created animated versions of yourself
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New Memoji let you created animated versions of yourself
 Augmented reality lets you see objects that aren't really there – and iOS 12 will make this tech work in multiplayer
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Augmented reality lets you see objects that aren't really there – and iOS 12 will make this tech work in multiplayer

How to install iOS 12 public beta on your iPhone

  1. Go to beta.apple.com and sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program.
  2. On the iOS device where you want to install the beta, run a backup using iTunes or iCloud.
  3. From Safari on your iOS device, go to beta.apple.com/profile and sign into your Apple account.
  4. Click the Download Profile button and when the dialog box for the iOS Beta Software Profile pops up, click Install.
  5. Plug in your device to a power source.
  6. Go to General > Software Update and you'll see an option for the iOS 12 Public beta.
  7. Click Download and Install.
  8. Follow the prompts after the installation and start using iOS 12.

If the iOS 12 beta link isn't live yet, just keep checking back until it's available.

 There's now a group FaceTime function that lets you make video calls with up to 32 people
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There's now a group FaceTime function that lets you make video calls with up to 32 people
 Notifications on the Lock Screen will now be grouped if they're from the same app
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Notifications on the Lock Screen will now be grouped if they're from the same app

iOS 12 beta features – here's what's new in the latest iPhone update

There are loads of new features in iOS 12 that your mates won't get access to until September.

For instance, there's a performance boost that will make older iPhones run faster. Some functions (like launching the camera) will work 70% quicker.

There are shared AR experiences, so you can play augmented reality games (think Pokémon Go) with friends. You'll both be able to see the same virtual objects in the real world on different iPhones.

Apple has also added Memoji, which are animated icons that look like you. They're mapped to your facial movements, so you can even make FaceTime calls as your Memoji avatar.

Another awesome feature is Group Facetime. You can now make group video calls with up to 32 people.

 The new update will track how much you use your phone, and encourage you to use your handset less
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The new update will track how much you use your phone, and encourage you to use your handset less

Apple's voice assistant also gets an upgrade with Siri Shortcuts, letting you use voice commands to get things done in third-party, non-Apple apps. So you could order a coffee at Starbucks or start a workout just by asking Siri.

The Photos app now has a For You tab that surfaces your favourite moments in one place, combining your Memories and iCloud Shared Albums.

There are a few new features to help you use your phone less, too. Screen Time lets you track how much time you spend on your phone, and in apps. Improved Do Not Disturb lets you shut off all notifications in the night automatically, and hides them from you in the morning. And Grouped Notifications lets you get rid of loads of pop-ups in one go.

Apple has also added a new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature to its Safari web browser. This will block social media 'Like' or 'Share' buttons and comment widgets that track you across the web, usually without your permission.

What's your fave feature announced at Apple's WWDC event? Let us know in the comments.


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