How to Get iOS 8 Right Now

By Ashley Feinberg on at

You could (and probably should) wait for the wide release this fall before downloading iOS 8. But if you absolutely can't wait, here's how to get Apple's brand new iOS 8 beta on your phone right now.

Before you do anything, backup your device. It's a good idea anyway before updating, and considering how temperamental betas tend to be, it is especially important now. We should note too that we really don't recommend you do this unless you're a serious iOS addict. It's going to take a while for iOS 8 to be anything other than a buggy, volatile mess, and unless you have been scratching your eyes out in anticipation, you're going to regret it.

That said, if you absolutely can't wait (you can!), there are a couple of options. If you're a developer, you can head straight over to Apple's Dev Center to lock down your copy. Just look for the model number on the back of your phone or iPad, and click the corresponding link.

If you're not an Apple dev and don't want to pay the requisite $99 (£60) to become one, there are significantly cheaper options. All of them amount to essentially buying slots on already-made developer accounts, and given the sketchy nature of the practice, a lot of the services aren't all that reliable. According to Gotta Be Mobile, IMZDL is one the best known and most reliable, which should have the beta available for download here. Still, it's kind of a gamble. And like we said before you proooooobably don't actually want to do this.

Once you have the beta downloaded:

- Plug your phone into you computer and connect to iTunes.
- With the device window open, hold alt/option for Mac and shift for Windows while you click Restore.
- Select the .ipsw file you just downloaded.
- Restore from your backup after finishing the installation

Oh, one last note: You really don't want to do this. Really. But you are your own unique snowflake, and you have been warned. Happy trails!


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