Do not install the iOS 12.1 beta if you preordered an iPhone XS

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It could just cost you all your precious data.
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Be sure to avoid Apple’s latest iOS 12.1 beta if a shiny new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max will be turning up at your door on Friday.

Updating too early could just cost you all your precious data!

The first iOS 12.1 beta rolled out on Tuesday, just a day after iOS 12 made its public debut. It brings back group FaceTime calls, which were pulled from iOS 12 ahead of its release, and “contains bug fixes and improvements.”

But you shouldn’t install it if you plan to upgrade to an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max this week.

iOS 12.1 beta could make a restore impossible

Apple is yet to release an iOS 12.1 beta for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you update your iPhone now, then, you won’t be able to restore your latest backup to your new device.

As users on Reddit have noted, iPhone X adopters faced the same issue last November. Apple did roll out a beta the same day the iPhone X went on sale, but many had to wait hours for it before they could restore all their data.

If you were previously running the iOS 12 beta, make sure iOS 12.1 doesn’t install itself automatically by disabling automatic updates inside the Software Update menu.

Alternatively, you can remove the iOS 12 Beta Software Profile by going into Settings, then General, then Profiles & Device Management. Select the profile then tap the Remove Profile button, which will prevent your device from receiving beta updates altogether.