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How to Leave the iOS Beta Program on Your iPhone or iPad

Posted by Jim Tanous on September 19, 2018
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Now that iOS 12 has officially launched, developers and other beta participants may want to consider unenrolling their device from the iOS beta program. That’s because the pre-release fun doesn’t stop with the initial public release of the latest version of iOS. Apple is already working on iOS 12.1 and subsequent updates, and those with devices enrolled in the iOS beta program may continue to receive future pre-release betas.
If you’re a developer or IT manager and you need to test iOS releases early, continuing to receive beta updates is a good thing. But the reality is that many users signed up for an Apple developer account or the public beta simply because they wanted to get early access to iOS 12. Now that the operating system is officially available, these users may not want to risk continued instability in their iPhone or iPad by remaining in the beta program. By unenrolling your device before you receive any iOS 12.1 betas, you’ll be back on the normal public update cycle and only receive final releases of any subsequent iOS updates.

Leave the iOS 12 Beta Program

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  1. Grab your iPhone or iPad that’s already configured for the iOS beta program and head to Settings > General.
  2. Swipe down to find and select Profile.
  3. Tap the iOS 12 Beta Software Profile. Note that depending on the configuration of your iPhone and any requirements from your work, school, or organization, you may have other profiles listed here. Do not remove any profiles without first consulting your IT department.
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  5. Select Remove Profile.
  6. Select Remove to verify.
  7. Enter your iOS passcode to confirm the change.

Once the iOS beta profile is removed, your iPhone or iPad will only receive software updates when they are finalized for public release. If you ever want to rejoin the iOS beta program, you’ll need to re-install the correct profile again.

What If My iPhone is Already Running iOS 12.x Beta?

For those who want to leave the iOS beta and start receiving only public updates again, the key is to unenroll your iPhone or iPad in the period of time between the final public release of a version of iOS and the first beta update of the next version. But what if you’ve already installed a beta version of iOS 12.1 or higher?
If you leave the beta program before the public release of iOS 12.1 (or whatever version you’re dealing with), your iPhone won’t revert back to the public version of iOS 12.0. Instead, you’ll be stuck on that particular beta version of 12.1 until the final version ships sometime in the future.
The best plan for most users is to therefore wait for the final build of iOS 12.1 to be released, and then immediately unenroll your device from the beta program. If you must leave the iOS beta program now, the only way to do so is to completely restore your iPhone via iTunes to the most recent public build of iOS. The problem is that you won’t be able to use your most recent backup (since it was made with a newer version of iOS than the one you’re restoring to) so you’ll lose any local data that was created since your last backup that was made on the public version of iOS. Again, this is complicated so users in this situation are generally better off sticking with the beta until the next public release.

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