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How to Opt Out of Beta System Software on iPhone and iPad

How to turn iOS beta updates and iPadOS beta updates on or off

Modern versions of iOS and iPadOS have changed the way beta system software is opted in on iPhone and iPad, ditching the use of profiles and instead using a simple settings adjustment on the device itself.

Your Apple ID must be associated with a beta program in order to toggle and use this setting. If the Apple ID associated with your iPhone or iPad isn’t enrolled in the developer beta program or public beta program, you won’t see these toggles available. Also, you’ll only see the developer beta or public beta if you’re enrolled in only one, or both if you’re enrolled in both programs.

How to Opt Out of Beta iOS/iPadOS Software Updates on iPhone and iPad

From iOS 16.4 onwards and iPadOS 16.4 or later, turning on beta system software updates for iOS and iPadOS is very easy, done directly through the Settings app:

  1. Open the Settings app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Go to “General”
  3. Go to “Software Update”
  4. Tap “Beta Updates”
  5. How to change beta update settings on iOS and iPadOS

  6. Choose Public Beta or Developer Beta, depending on which system software beta program you’re enrolled in or want to use
  7. Opt out of iOS or iPadOS beta updates

  8. Return to the general Software Update screen to find the beta system software update available to download and install for iOS or iPadOS

Now, whenever you update the iOS or iPadOS system software on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll receive beta updates.

Again, if you’re not enrolled in the public beta or developer beta programs with the Apple ID that’s in use on your iPhone or iPad, you won’t see this option for beta updates available on your device.

Anyone can opt in to beta testing programs for Apple system software by going to Apple’s beta program registration page and signing up for the public beta program, or by obtaining an Apple developer account to enter the public beta program. developer.

Note that developer beta and public beta are often the same, but developers often get earlier access to beta system software compared to public beta users. This can be up to a month early when there are major betas (like the upcoming iOS 17 beta, for example), and developers get more time with older betas. Often later betas will also be available to developers first, but often the same release as a public beta will follow hours or days later.

You can opt out of receiving iOS/iPadOS beta updates at any time by going back to these settings and selecting TURN OFF the feature.

How to Opt Out of Beta iOS/iPadOS Software Updates on iPhone and iPad

As of iOS/iPadOS 16.4, here’s how you can opt out of beta updates:

  1. Open the Settings app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Go to “General”
  3. Go to “Software Update”
  4. Tap “Beta Updates”
  5. Choose OFF

If you are currently in a beta version, the next available final version will appear as available for download, as long as it is available to all users.

What do you think about using beta update settings to control beta access on iOS/iPadOS? Do you prefer the old profile approach or would you rather have this directly in the system settings?