How To Switch From iOS Beta Program Back To Public Releases

Not everyone who hops onto the iOS beta bandwagon is a developer with a device to spare for testing purposes. Some of us just want to try out the latest and greatest flavor of Apple’s mobile operating system before it reaches the masses. You might have enjoyed having early access to all the new features of a major update, but now that the final, stable release has been pushed to everyone, you are considering switching back to the regular, public release cycle, if only to be done with bugs till the next major release.

If this holds true for you, then you’ve come to the right place, because in what follows, we are going to walk you through how to switch back from the iOS developer or public beta testing program without having to perform a fresh restore on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How To Leave iOS Beta Program

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Navigate to General > Profiles & Device Management.

3. Select the iOS Beta Software Profile.

4. Select Remove Profile from the screen that follows.

5. Restart your device.

After your device is done rebooting, it should be back on the public release track. You can now launch the Settings app and head on over to About > Software Update to download the latest stable update.

Note that if the last beta you had installed and the latest stable version have the same build number, you might not be prompted to update, such as when you switch back to the public channel after having installed the GM (Golden Master) at the end of a beta cycle, as the GM customarily shares its build number with the final release. In such a case, you need simply wait for the next OTA update to be pushed to your device.

A guide on how to remove your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from the iOS Beta Program & switch back to public releases without performing a full restore.

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Sameed Khan

I write, game, design at times, and revel in sarcasm. You can find me on Twitter.