Apple’s iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan public beta has arrived. And now just about any customer who wants to try them out on their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac can do so with just a few clicks.
If you’re interested in getting an early look at Apple’s next desktop and mobile OS, the first step of the process is enrolling your iOS devices and Mac from the beta program website. But before rushing to install the operating systems, Apple highly recommends backing up your Mac via Time Machine and your iOS devices through iTunes.
Once that’s out of the way you can install OS X El Capitan public beta by hitting the download link on the page, which sends you to the Mac App Store to download the software. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the iOS 9 public beta, visit the program website via the Safari browser and tap the “download profile” button. The on-screen instructions will guide you through the process of installing the configuration profile and ask you to reboot your device when it’s complete. After the restart, navigate to the Settings app > General > Software Update and tap “Download and Install” to install the iOS 9 Public Beta 1.
Keep in mind that the iOS 9 public beta software is not the final version of Apple’s mobile OS and may come with its own share of bugs and odd behaviors. If you run across any issues, the company recommends letting it know through the built-in Feedback Assistant app. U.S. Apple customers participating in the beta program also will have access to Apple's News app. However, support for U.K. and Australia customers is expected in the near future.
If you later decide that the beta program is not for you, it’s possible to back out of it through the unenroll page on Apple’s website.