How to Download and Install iOS 18 Developer Beta [Full Guide]

Clare Phang
Last updated: Jun 11, 2024

In this quick guide, you will learn how to download and install iOS 18 developer beta on your iPhone. Detailed steps will be provided. Read on!

Apple revealed iOS 18 at WWDC on June 10, 2024. This major update adds many new features and enhances existing ones, making iOS more customized, powerful, and intuitive.

If you don't want to wait until this fall to try it out, check out this guide to learn how to download and install the iOS 18 developer beta on your iPhone.

How to Download and Install iOS 18 Developer Beta [Full Guide]

What iPhones Can Get iOS 18?

It's essential to check if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 18. Below are the specific models that support iOS 18.

  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

How to Download and Install iOS 18 Developer Beta

Now that you've verified that your iPhone is in the IOS 18 support list, follow the steps below to download and install it on your iPhone.

Step #1. Enroll in the Apple Developer Program

  1. Go to the Apple Developer website.
  2. Click Account and sign in with the same Apple ID that you use on your iPhone.
Sign Into Apple Developer Program
Tip
No developer Apple ID is required.

Step #2. Download and Install iOS 18 Developer Beta

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the "Software Update Available" option (if available) or "General" > "Software Update".
  3. Tap "Beta Updates", then select "iOS 18 Developer Beta".
  4. Tap "Update Now" to download the iOS 18 developer beta.
  5. Once the download is complete, Tap "Install Now" and follow the installation instructions.
Successfully Download and Install iOS 18 Developer Beta
Notes
  1. iOS 18 is in its early stages, which means bugs may pop up from time to time. Before updating your iPhone, make sure you back up your device beforehand. The best practice is not to install the iOS 18 developer beta on your main iPhone.
  2. The iOS 18 developer beta is about 7GB. Ensure that your iPhone has enough storage space. Check How to Clear iPhone Storage if your iPhone is running low on storage space.
  3. If the battery is low, charge your iPhone as iOS installation requires at least 20% battery.

How to Download and Install iOS 18 Developer Beta with BuhoRepair

BuhoRepair is a professional iOS system repair tool. With this handy tool, you can easily update your iPhone to the latest iOS 18 Beta version. The best part is that if you are not satisfied with iOS 18 Beta, you can downgrade to iOS 17.5.1 or other available iOS 17 betas.

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Here's how to install the iOS 18 developer beta using BuhoRepair.

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoRepair.
    BuhoRepair
  2. Click "Upgrade/Downgrade iOS" > "Upgrade Version".
    Install iOS 18 Developer Beta with BuhoRepair
  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer and trust your computer.
  4. Click "Upgrade Now".
  5. Download the latest firmware for your iPhone and then update your iPhone accordingly.

How to Download and Install iOS 18 Developer Beta with Finder

  1. Visit https://developer.apple.com/download/#ios-restore-images-ipad-new.
  2. Sign in to Apple Developer with your Apple ID.
  3. Click "Download restore images" under iOS 18 beta.
    Download iOS 18 Developer Beta IPSW File
  4. Download the restore image corresponding to your iPhone model.
  5. Connect your iPhone to your Mac via a USB cable.
  6. Open Finder, then click the iPhone icon in the Finder sidebar. (See what to do if your iPhone doesn't show up in Finder.)
  7. Press the Option key, click "Update", and choose your downloaded restore image.
    Choose the Right iOS 18 Restore Image for Your iPhone
  8. Click Install to install the iOS 18 developer beta.
    Install iOS 18 Developer Beta with Finder

Conclusion

This guide provides detailed steps to download and install the iOS 18 developer beta. Choose your preferred method and try out all the new features of iOS 18.

It's worth noting that OS 18 is currently unstable and may have unexpected problems. Make sure to back up your iPhone before updating.

Clare Phang has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of the iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.