How to download iPadOS 17 developer beta 1 for iPad - even if you're not a developer

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iPadOS 17 has finally been announced, and there's so much to look forward to for iPad owners with the long-awaited improvements to the Lock Screen first seen in iOS 16.

Everyone can try out the new features in iPadOS 17 from today, with the release of iPadOS 17 developer beta 1. Apple has announced that all you need is an Apple ID to access all beta releases.

This year, Apple has made some changes to the way iPadOS beta is installed, so if you're a little confused, here's how to download iPadOS 17 developer beta 1 on your iPad.

Download iPadOS 17 developer beta 1 on devices running iPadOS 16.4 or later

Beta software, also referred to as a preview, seed, or release candidate, is a version of software that’s still under development and not yet released to the public. This software is intended only for installation on development devices registered under your Apple Developer Program membership. Registered development devices can be upgraded to future beta releases and the public version of the software. Attempting to install beta software in an unauthorized manner violates Apple policy and could render your device unusable and necessitate an out-of-warranty repair. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software and install only on devices and systems that you’re prepared to erase if necessary.

With iPadOS 16.4 and later, Apple has made downloading developer betas as easy as ever. It takes no time at all to download iPadOS 17 developer beta 1 if you're already on iPadOS 16.4.

iPadOS 17 Live Activities

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  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General then Software Update
  3. Select Beta Updates

It's that simple. You don't need a $99 developer account like in past years, and Apple has even highlighted the changes on its website meaning anyone that wants to can use iOS 17 today - although we suggest waiting for the Public Beta in July.

Apple developer beta requirements

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Download iPadOS 17 developer beta 1 on devices running iPadOS 16.3 or earlier

iPadOS 17 PDF notes app

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  • Head to the Developer download page on your device and download the configuration profile
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to install iPadOS 17 developer beta 1

iPadOS 17 is here

The next generation of iPad software is incredibly exciting, and you can already get your hands on the latest software features, including improvements to PDF annotation.

The easy changes to the way you can download and install the iOS 17 developer beta mean that any subsequent updates will be very easy to do. Just follow the steps above all over again.

We're covering all the WWDC 2023 announcements live and as they happen. Don't miss all our Apple VR, iOS 17, macOS 14, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10 news so far.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.