There’s a shady way to get iOS 10 early

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iOS 10 is awesome — but is it enough?
There is a way to get iOS 10 early.
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You’re probably itching to get your hands on the new iOS 10 beta, but if you’re not a registered developer, that’s not easy. But it’s not impossible. Here’s how fans are downloading and installing iOS 10 months early!

It should be noted that early beta releases like this one are not suitable for your primary iOS devices. They’re unstable, littered with bugs, and they typically don’t offer good performance or battery life. But we know that won’t stop some of you.

So, how do you access iOS 10 without a $99 developer account?

First, you need a developer profile. This allows you iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to find the iOS 10 beta and download it over-the-air. Unfortunately, it’s no longer as simple as downloading the beta firmware package and flashing it manually through iTunes.

That doesn’t mean it’s not easy, though. According to Boy Genius Reportall you need to do is use a search engine like Google to track down a publicly-available developer profile, which you can then install directly onto your device.

Once you have this, installing the iOS 10 beta is as easy as installing any other iOS update. But there is a risk involved; there’s no telling when the profile will be revoked, and if this could leave your iOS device unusable until you restore.

If you’re interested in knowing more anyway, the video below explains the process.

If you have only one iPhone or iPad, it would be a good idea to wait for later beta releases that will be more stable. Apple is likely to offer a public beta at some point that doesn’t require shady developer profiles from untrusted sources.

We’ve contacted the Cupertino company to find out where it stands on tricks like this one, and we’ll update this post once we get a response.