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Download iPadOS 17 Public Beta: Step-by-Step Guide

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2023-09-15 / Update for  iPadOS

After going through 3 developer betas, Apple has finally released the first iPadOS 17 public beta. Public betas are smoother and more reliable compared to developer betas, simply because they’re aimed at normal people, and not developers.

This means if you’ve been eager to try out iPadOS on your iPad, now’s the best time to do it! But how do you install iPad OS 17 on your iPad? Is it free? Find out everything you need to know below!

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Part 1: Download iPadOS 17 Public Beta Right Now

Alright, without any further delay, here’s how to download iPad OS17 on your iPad.

As a precaution, we suggest that you back up your iPad data before upgrading to iPadOS 17 Public Beta.

  • Open your web browser on your iPad, iPhone, or computer. Navigate to:
  • Hit the Sign In button on the top-right corner and log in with your Apple ID. Use the same Apple ID that you use on your iPad.

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  • Now you’re set to receive beta updates on your iPad.
  • Grab your iPad and open the Settings app.

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  • Go to General > Software Update > Beta Updates.

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  • Choose iPadOS 17 Public Beta.

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  • Go back to the updates page.
  • Wait for it to check for an update.
  • You will see the first beta of iPadOS 17.
  • Hit “Download and Install”.

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  • Enter your passcode if asked.
  • Wait for the beta to download and install on your iPad. It may take a while depending on your internet speed.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully installed iPadOS 17 Public Beta on your iPad.

Related read Install iPadOS 17 Developer Beta.

Part 2: Check iPadOS 17 Supported Devices

You must be wondering whether your iPad is eligible to get the iPadOS 17 update. Well, in that case, this section is for you.

Every year or so, Apple drops support for some older devices because they’re not fast enough to run the newest version of the software. The same happened this year with iPadOS 17.

Here’s the full list of iPads that support iPadOS 17.

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (6th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)
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If you have one of the iPads in the list above, then congratulations, you can download the iPadOS 17 beta on your iPad right away!

Part 3: iPadOS 17 Top New Features

Before you install the new update, you must be wondering what new features you should anticipate.

Well, there are quite a lot of new changes in this update. Here’s our list of the top features.

#1. Lock Screen

Apple introduced lock screen customizations for iOS last year with iOS 16. But the same customizations were not introduced for iPadOS with iPadOS 16.

Now, with iPadOS 17, Apple is finally fixing that and bringing the same customizations to your iPad.

With iPadOS 17, you can make all sorts of customizations to your lock screen, like changing the fonts, adding depth effects to subjects, changing the colors of wallpapers, adding widgets, and more.

#2. iMessage

Apple is adding the same set of iMessage features to iPadOS 17 that it’s also adding to iOS 17.

There’s a new updated, compact UI. You can swipe right on a message to quickly reply to it. You can create and send custom stickers. You can automatically tell your friends and family when you’ve reached your destination using the new Check-In feature, and a lot more.

#3. FaceTime

When you FaceTime someone and they don’t pick up the call, now you can leave them a video message which they can check out later.

This is amazing for situations when you need to tell them something important.

#4. PDF Editor

Apple has now added every feature of a PDF editor right into iPadOS.

That means you don’t need a PDF editor anymore to make changes to your PDF files. Plus, the new editor also supports AutoFill. This means if you want to fill out a form inside a PDF, you can do that automatically using the information stored in your iCloud.

#5. Improved Keyboard

Apple has upgraded the reliability of iOS and iPadOS keyboard in the new update.

There’s a new machine learning model that learns your writing style and improves your autocorrection. This should make your typing experience a lot better in iPadOS 17.

Bonus: How to Remove iPadOS 17 Public Beta from iPad

iPadOS 17 is still a beta, so it can be buggy and slow. You may also face bad battery life in this version. If that’s happening on your iPad, you can roll back to the stable version of iPadOS 16 using Tenorshare ReiBoot!

With ReiBoot, you don’t need any technical skills to roll back your iPad. All you need is a computer and a few clicks of your mouse! Then the iPadOS 17 public beta will be removed from your device right now!

Here’s how to do it.

  • Download Tenorshare ReiBoot from the official download page. Install ReiBoot on your PC or Mac, then open it. Grab a USB cable and use it to connect your iPad to your computer. Select the Upgrade/Downgrade option on the bottom-right side.

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  • You will see an option to upgrade, and an option to downgrade. Choose the latter - downgrade option.

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  • Press the Download button to download the latest iPadOS 16 file to your computer.

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  • Wait for it to complete. When it’s done, press the “Initiating downgrade” button to continue.

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  • Wait for a bit while the latest iPadOS 16 is installed, and you’re all set!

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Be cautious when downgrading as it will result in the deletion of device data.

The Bottom Line

iPadOS 17 comes with many new notable features, and with the iPadOS 17 public beta now available, you can try them all on your iPhone now!

Just remember, if you face too many issues and want to go back to iPadOS 16, Tenorshare ReiBoot is your savior!