Apple pushed out its fourth beta version of iOS 8 on Monday, and the update came right on time. iOS 8 beta 4 is a huge improvement over earlier betas in a number of ways, offering several new features such as a redesigned Control Center, as well as plenty of bug fixes that make it easier for iOS developers to test their apps ahead of iOS 8’s public release this fall. Of course, the fixes are also greatly appreciated by non-developers who pay $99 for the opportunity to get their hands on Apple’s unreleased iOS software before any of their friends.
As it turns out, iPhone and iPad owners don’t even need to pay for a developer account to install iOS 8 beta 4.
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As has been the case with previous iOS 8 betas, an exploit discovered by BestTechInfo makes it possible to install the new beta without a developer account.
You know the drill — BGR strongly advises against installing iOS 8 beta 4 on any device that is not registered in Apple’s iOS developer center. Things can go horribly wrong and you can cause serious problems for your iPhone or iPad. Even if things go well, there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to update to future beta in the coming weeks.
In fact, we advise against anyone who is not a developer installing any iOS beta.
If you must install iOS 8 beta 4 without a developer account, however, the video below will show you how.
Side note: Here’s how to undo the damage and roll back to iOS 7.1 once you realize that iOS 8 beta is still a buggy developer preview unfit for use on a personal device.