IOS 14 Public Beta: Here's how to get it on your iPhone

Joanna Estrada
July 11, 2020

The Cupertino-based company has now released the public beta versions of iOS14 and iPadOS 14.

From macOS Big Sur to iOS 14, every update was needed, loaded with new features we've been asking for, for a long time.

In fact, that's the whole point of Apple making it available early as it means you'll be tasked with reporting any bugs, incompatibilities, or glitches found in the early software. Pictured is an example of Apple's new widget layout on its redesigned home screen.

This new feature will allow users to categorise their apps that are scattered on different pages of the home screen. Now, you must only follow these simple steps to get it running on your device. It bears repeating that these are not finished versions of iOS 14 or iPadOS 14.

However, those who regret taking the chance will need to wipe and restore your smartphone - but you can recover everything stored on the device. Note that you can't use Picture in Picture mode on one website and then open another in the Safari app because it causes the Picture in Picture window to close. When prompted, hit the Trust button and enter your passcode. On a site with a video, such as YouTube, tap to play the video and then tap the Picture in Picture icon or do a two finger double tap on the video. Thankfully, the process isn't that complicated.

Up until now, whenever you installed an app on your iPhone, its icon would be automatically deposited on the home screen or any of the adjoining ones. Windows users also have the option to encrypt backups - you just have to make sure to click Encrypt local backup and Set Password. Apple rolled out the public beta version of its upcoming software update for iPhone users. From there on, it's pretty straightforward - Apple provides clear, step-by-step instructions for how to enroll your device. The Apple Music app is reportedly the culprit-more specifically, the background activity of the app even when it's not in use.

I wrote separately about iOS 14's buried Back Taps feature because it's quirky, fun, and I had a feeling I'd be using it for some time - I still am!

And that's it! Go forth and test out all the cool stuff in iOS 14.

If you are an iPhone user, you will be in luck with iOS 14 if you have an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE (2nd generation) and the iPhone SE (1st generation).

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