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A public beta of iOS 10 is due later today for iPhone and iPad owners. Here's how to get iOS 10 now - install iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad to get the latest features. How to update iOS.

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  • Supported devices 1
  • Back up first 2
  • Make room 3
  • Over the air update 4
  • iTunes 5
  • Public beta warning 6
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Step 1 of 6: How to get iOS 10: supported devices

Apple unveiled iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 and made it immediately available to developers for the iPhone and iPad. As of 7 July a public beta will become available (the exact time has not been given but we expect at around 6pm BST).

Sign up for the iOS 10 public beta now.

If you're still on iOS 9 or iOS 8 find out why iOS 9 is worth caring about in our iOS 10 release date and new features article. 

iOS 10 is available for the following devices:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th gen
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th gen

The following devices can't be upgraded to iOS 10: Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, original iPod touch, iPod touch 2nd-gen, iPod touch 3rd-gen, iPod touch 4th-gen, iPod touch 5th-gen, original iPad. iPad 2, iPad 3.

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Apple unveiled iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 and made it immediately available to developers for the iPhone and iPad. As of 7 July a public beta will become available (the exact time has not been given but we expect at around 6pm BST).

Sign up for the iOS 10 public beta now.

If you're still on iOS 9 or iOS 8 find out why iOS 9 is worth caring about in our iOS 10 release date and new features article. 

iOS 10 is available for the following devices:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th gen
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th gen

The following devices can't be upgraded to iOS 10: Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, original iPod touch, iPod touch 2nd-gen, iPod touch 3rd-gen, iPod touch 4th-gen, iPod touch 5th-gen, original iPad. iPad 2, iPad 3.

Step 2 of 6: How to get iOS 10: BACK UP!

Before beginning the upgrade, make sure your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is fully backed up to iCloud or your computer via iTunes before performing the update. It's unlikely anything will go wrong, but if it does, you could lose any data that's changed since your last backup such as new contacts, documents, photos, videos and more.

Plus, it's a real hassle to have to start from scratch if there's a problem. You'll have to reinstall apps, add email accounts, sync contacts and enter lots of logins and passwords. Make a full backup to iTunes and click the 'encrypt backup' box and your passwords and apps will all be backed up (and restored if needs be). Your computer needs to be authorised - you'll be prompted to sign in if it isn't - to back up all your apps. It's not necessary to back up apps since they can be downloaded again automatically during a restore.

The 5GB of free iCloud storage won't be enough to make a full backup, so you'll have to pay for extra storage if you don't want to back up through iTunes.

Step 3 of 6: How to get iOS 10: make room

Before you upgrade, there are a couple of housekeeping jobs to do. If you're on iOS 8 or 9 - or earlier - then update your apps as some out-of-date apps won’t work in iOS 10.

Second, check if you have enough free storage space as the update will require around 1.5GB of storage for temporarily storing the download during the update.

You can check how much space is available by tapping Settings > General > Usage. The list of apps will tell you which ones are using up your phone or tablet’s storage. Typically, it will be the Photos app, which is full of your snaps and videos.

You should transfer photos and videos to your PC or the cloud using Dropbox, Google Photos or another similar service, then delete those you don’t need on your device to free up space. Videos use up the most space, but beware that these aren’t backed up to your iCloud Photo Stream.

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Step 4 of 6: How to get iOS 10: Over the air

To install the developer preview of iOS 10: If you're on Apple's developer program, you have to enrol your device (part of the process of signing up). You can then download the Configuration Profile directly on your iPhone or iPad from the Apple developer site in Safari. Once that's installed (follow the prompts), your iPad will restart. Then go to Settings, General, Software Update and an update to iOS 10 will appear.

To install the public beta of iOS 10: We recommend non-developers wait for the public beta which will be released on 7 July 2016. You can enroll here, but you don't need to do this if you were on last year's public beta for iOS 9. When the beta is released you should see a pop-up notification on your screen at some point telling you that a software update is available.

If you want to force your iPhone or iPad to check if the update is available, tap Settings, General, Software Update.

When prompted, tap Download to download the iOS 10 beta. Once this is finished, tap Install to upgrade iOS and follow the on-screen instructions. 

Step 5 of 6: How to get iOS 10: iTunes

If for some reason you don’t want to update over the air, you'll need to connect your device to a computer running iTunes. You should update iTunes to the latest version (currently 12.4) before connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. To do this, launch iTunes, sign in with the Apple ID associated with either your developer account or the user account enrolled in the public beta and from the Help menu, click Check for Updates.

Once you have the latest iTunes, do the following:

Developers:

Go to the Apple Developer website, log in, click Discover, then on iOS. Now click the Download link, scroll down and expand the iOS section. Find the appropriate download for your iOS device and download it. You'll need to then use the Restore iPhone / iPad function in iTunes to install iOS 10. On a Mac, hold the Option key (Shift on a PC) and click on the Check for Update button. Select the iOS 10 beta image you download. You must ensure the device is running Xcode 8 beta before installing the iOS 10 beta.

Home users:

Connect your device and it should display a message saying a software update is available. If you don't see this, simply click on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in the Devices list and then click the Check for Update button.

You'll be prompted to download and install the update - make sure you don't disconnect your device before the upgrade process is finished.

Step 6 of 6: How to get iOS 9: Public beta

It's risky using a beta on your main phone or iPad because it's unfinished and could contain bugs, or not work properly.

To join the beta, head to the Apple Beta Software Program website and use your Apple ID and password to register or log in. You will be asked to click to agree to a User Agreement and then click the link to enroll the iPhone and / or iPad on which you want to run the beta. After that, go to beta.apple.com/profile on your iOS device to install the profile which will make the iOS 10 beta update show up in your Settings app. Then, it's just a case of letting it install like any iOS update, via the Settings > General > Software Update menu.

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