iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2 has been released. You can download iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 on iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus, 6S Plus, iPad, iPod, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, iPhone SE. Also see how you can install iOS 10.1 beta 7 on iPhone, iPad & iPod. Members of both Apple Public Beta Program and Apple Developer Program are eligible to download and install latest iOS beta version on their devices. iOS 10 is the latest operating system from Apple for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices, and the iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 is a testing version for the members of Apple’s beta program to try features that Apple has planned for the upcoming full version of iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. iOS 10 new features have brought some drastic changes to the working of the most popular mobile platform in the world. The iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 has plenty of new interesting features.
What’s New In iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2:
Apple is working on the next major iOS 10.3 release, and is already in the process of testing features that might make their way into the final pubic release of the iOS 10.3 full version. You can get a taste of those upcoming features in this iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2 release by enrolling in the Apple’s beta program, see the guide below for it.
This latest iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2 release comes with some interesting new tweaks and features. Apple has increased the frequency of releasing iOS beta updates in an attempt to plug loopholes and bugs as soon as they are identified with each new beta release.
The iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2 update features some changes beneath the surface. In what could be a disasterous news for iOS jailbreak fans, Apple has also confirmed that the company will no longer sign any iOS 10 version (full release or beta) other than iOS 10.2 & betas.
In iOS 10 beta updates, Apple mainly focused on bringing the fix for iPhone 6S battery issue that was being reported by quite a large number of users. New battery diagnostics feature allows Apple to push battery fixes for iPhone 6S which was shutting down unexpectedly.
Apple also rolled out a diagnostic tool in previous beta updates that will let the company understand what exactly is causing battery issues on your iOS device, and will recommend a fix automatically to save you a trip to the genius bar at Apple stores.
iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2 release brings some minor fixes under the hood. This flight mainly focuses on minor bug fixes, performance improvements, and some user-experience enhancing tweaks. This build is directed at developers to help Apple identify errors and bugs in iOS 10.2.1 before integrating these changes into the final release of the upcoming full iOS 10.3 update.
In previous iOS 10.2 beta updates we saw that many new emojis became a part of the iOS iMessages app. New selfie, croissant, drooling face, bacon, pancake and other emojis. The iMessages app also got a new celebrate effect.
You can access Siri by pressing and holding the app icon. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility for it.
Before going to the guide for installing iOS 10.2.1 beta 2, see a list of all devices supported by the software.
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6 Plus
iPad Air 2
iPad Pro 12.9 inch
iPad Pro 9.7 inch
iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 3
iPad Mini 2
iPad 4th generation
iPod Touch 6th generation
If your device is not on the list then i am afraid you are out of luck because iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 doesn’t work on devices not listed above. One other thing to note, Apple restricts or blocks some features for certain iOS devices, so don’t be alarmed if you can’t access some of the new iOS 10.2.1 features in this beta version on some supported devices, it’s mainly due to hardware limitation that certain functions have been left out from access on older devices even though they are supported by the mobile software.
Download and Install iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2 on iPhone, iPad and iPod:
Step-by-step guide below is going to explain the process of installing iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 on iOS running devices. Keep in mind it’s a beta version, therefore, some errors and bugs are expected, since the whole purpose of beta version is to identify bugs before the final version release. So, download and install iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 on devices you have reserved for testing purposes. Use it on Primary iPhone, iPad or iPod at you own discretion. Also, make complete backup of the device on iTunes or iCloud before proceeding with the installation process. iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 update is around 61MB in size.
How to download and Install iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2
Step 1 – If you haven’t registered with App Developer Program, then click here and enroll as Apple developer. Existing developers program users can skip to the next step.
Step 2 – Login to your Apple Developer Program account with official Apple ID. Click here to login.
Step 3 – Register your device’s UDID on which you intend to install the beta upgrade. Here how to find UDID of your device:
- Connect your device with PC and open iTunes
- Select your device on iTunes
- Next click on the device serial number to see UDID and copy it
Step 4 – On your main Apple Developer Program account, click Certificated, Identifiers & Profiles. In devices section click All devices and choose your device from the list.
A new panel window open on the right side, click ‘+’ and and enter name and UDID of your iOS device.
Step 5 – Next go to Develop > Download (click here for direct link). Choose your device from drop down list to download iTunes supported iOS 10 beta firmware file on PC.
Or you can download the beta version using OTA method. For that, open this link here, login, then click ‘Download’ option under iOS 10 beta and next to ‘Configuration Profile’ and install it on your device. Restart the device. When the device come back on your profile will be set. Now go to Settings > General > Software Update, wait until iOS 10 Beta OTA update appears on the screen and hit download and install button.
Step 6 – Back on iTunes method, open iTunes, connect your device with PC Windows or Mac.
Step 7 – Install the downloaded iOS 10 beta file. iTunes does not directly allows you to choose ipsw firmware file, so follow instructions below:
- Mac Users: Press Alt key and click Restore iPhone/iPad/iPod
- Windows Users: Press Shift key and click Restore iPhone/iPad/iPod
Step 8 – Wait for the iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 to install on your device.
Step 9 – Restart your device when the install is complete. Next time your device turns back on, you will be greeted with latest iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 message.
Install iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 without Apple Developer Account and UDID:
Step 1 – Open Safari browser on your iOS device.
Step 2 – Download iOS 10 beta configuration profile here on your device.
Step 3 – Enter your device name if asked ‘on which device would you like to install this profile?’ such as iPhone, iPad or iPod and on the next screen hit the install button. This will restart your device.
Step 4 – When the come back on, go to settings > general > software update where you will see new iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 version waiting to be installed. Tap Download and Install button and wait for it to install.
When the reboot is complete your device will now have iOS 10.2.1 beta 2 installed on it with latest features. Let us known about your experience in the comments section below.
You can also get iOS 10.2.1 Beta 2 by installing the IPSW files for your device directly from the Apple’s developer portal. You need to first register to be able to download those files, see the registration guide above for it. You can install IPSW files on compatible devices from iTunes.