When Apple kicked off WWDC 2014 with their traditional Keynote presentation on Monday, one of the most anticipated items expected at the conference was iOS 8. WWDC was all about the developers, which is why we expected to see the first sneak peak at the beta’s of iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite. If you hadn’t had a chance to download the iOS 8 beta yourself, or you weren’t sure exactly how to do it, here is a quick reference guide for your convenience.
Beta’s are for Developers!
First things first–every version of the iOS 8 beta, in addition to the OS X Yosemite beta, is intended only for registered developers. You need a paid developer account in good standing to legitimately manage any beta downloads.
To get started, you will need to download the version of the beta that matches the device you are using. Apple has an created an easy reference guide for this purpose. Identifying your iPhone model can be found here, and you iPad model here.
After you have downloaded the file to your computer, and made sure your using the most recent version of iTunes, you are ready to put your iOS device in recovery mode and update to iOS 8.
How to force an iOS device in Recovery mode
The easiest way to put an iOS device in recovery mode is to
- Launch iTunes
- Turn off your device
- Plug your iOS power cord into your computer
- Plug your cord into your iOS device while continuously pushing the home button on the device.
iTunes will now recognize that your device is in recovery mode and is ready to be restored with the newest available version of iOS, or the iOS 8 beta you already have downloaded. To direct iTunes to your downloaded file you need to hold down the Alt/Option key while you are clicking on restore–those using windows computers, hold the Shift key at the same time you are clicking restore.
Next, select the iOS 8 beta 1 installation file you downloaded, ending with the extension–ipsw, and let iTunes do the rest!
Warnings and Reminders
Just as a word of warning and caution to those attempting to update their device to iOS 8 beta 1, you need to make sure you back-up your device to either iTunes or iCloud prior to attempting the restore process–just in case. After the installation process is complete, you can choose to set-up your device as new or restore to your backed up copy.
In addition, we will leave this here for your reading pleasure–via Apple…
This version of iOS is intended only for installation on development devices registered with Apple’s Developer Program. Attempting to install this version of iOS in an unauthorized manner could put your device in an unusable state, which could necessitate an out of warranty repair.