How to Install the iOS 13.1 Beta

By Sarah Basford on at

Apple unveiled a bunch of iPhones yesterday and while it kept quiet about the upcoming iOS 13 update, it's coming on September 20. If you're all about being ahead of the curve, you can download the beta of the upcoming 13.1 version right now. Here's how to do it.

The iOS 13.1 beta was released the other day, which we thought was a strange flex given the iOS 13 hadn't yet been let out of the cage.

Coming September 20, the iOS 13, introduces a system-wide dark mode, new editing features with Portrait Lighting, customisable Memoji, improved security features, an updated Reminders app and better text formatting among other useful stuff. So, naturally, we imagined the iOS 13.1 would be a nice little glow up.

But as it turns out, 13.1 ain't so different from its papa, iOS 13, according to 9to5Mac. Essentially, it introduces two apps that were absent on iOS 13: Shortcuts Automations and Share ETA. Like the names suggest, Share ETA allows you to share your arrival time with friends and family while Shortcuts Automations gives users the option to create automations for Apple home and phone devices.

How to get iOS 13.1

To get it, you'll need to be signed up for the Apple Beta Software Program. It doesn't cost anything and you'll be able to test out updates before everyone else. Once that's done, you can head to Settings, then GeneralSoftware Update and tap and install the 13.1 beta. It's a good idea to backup before installing any beta software as the whole reason they're in beta is due to being partially tested and, in some cases, partially built.

The following devices are compatible with the iOS 13.1 beta.

  • 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

The full iOS 13 will be available from September 20.

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