How To Download iPadOS 16 RIGHT NOW. Here’s How To Get iPadOS 16 On Your iPad Today

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 06/08/22 •  4 min read

You can download iPadOS 16 on your iPad before September…


Apple had a fantastic Worldwide Developers Conference in early June 2022. While the company did introduce new hardware in the form of the M2 MacBook Air and M2 MacBook Pro, it mainly stuck to highlighting all the software updates going to its various operating systems, including iOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13 Ventura, tvOS 16, and yes, iPadOS 16.

It’s the latter that is of most excitement to iPad owners–for obvious reasons. Apple is introducing some killer features in iPadOS 16 including the all-new Stage Manager multitasking feature, a Weather app (finally), and major improvements to Messages and Mail.

iPadOS 16 will likely ship to consumers in September 2022 as a free download. But…if you don’t want to wait until the fall to get iPadOS 16 on your iPad, there are two ways you can get it sooner–starting today…

How To Download iPadOS 16 RIGHT NOW. Here’s How To Get iPadOS 16 On Your iPad Today
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iPadOS 16: Download The Developer Beta

When Apple previewed iPadOS 16 at WWDC 2022 it released the developer beta that same day. As the name suggests, the developer beta is for developers–so they can get their hands on the new iPadOS 16 right away and start designing and developing their apps for it.

The developer beta of iPadOS 16 also helps in that developers will find bugs and provide other feedback to Apple, which means when iPadOS 16 finally launches to the public it will be much more stable than it is today–and likely have some changes based on developer feedback, too.

To download the developer beta of iPadOS 16 you need to be a registered Apple developer. That costs $99 per year, but gives you access to Apple’s developer tools and resources and, obviously, gives you access to developer betas.

To sign up as a developer, go to developer.apple.com. You’ll then be able to download the iPadOS 16 developer beta.

iPadOS 16: Download The Public Beta

Apple has said it will also offer another beta of iPadOS 16 in the near future. This is the public beta and Apple says it should be out sometime in July. The public beta is free–anyone can sign up for it.

The public beta of iPadOS 16 differs from the developer beta in that it is usually one version behind–but that’s a good thing. All the bugs developers find in their beta are reported to Apple and Apple tries to fix as many of them as possible before releasing the public beta of iPadOS 16.

The public beta of iPadOS 16 should launch in July, and you’ll be able to get it by signing up for free to the Apple Beta Software Program at beta.apple.com/betaprogram.

iPadOS 16 Beta MAJOR WARNING

This bears repeating over and over, but people who are installing iPadOS 16 betas on their iPads need to know that some risk comes with doing so. Betas are buggy (that’s why they are betas) and in worse cases, they can cause data loss on your device – or even brick your device (make it non-functional).

Public betas and developers betas have this risk, but the developer betas are usually riskier. Still, public betas can cause data loss and device harm too.

That’s why you should never install a beta on your iPad without first making sure you backed up ALL your iPad data and can restore it to a working device in case things go catastrophically wrong. To be ultra-safe, it’s best to install the iPadOS 16 beta on a second iPad–in other words, not the primary one you use.

If you install either beta, just understand that you are assuming some risk to your data and device.

And check out How To Download watchOS 9 RIGHT NOW! And check out Which iPads Will & Won’t Get Stage Manager With iPadOS 16?

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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