Put the tvOS beta on your Ap­ple TV

Try out in­ter­face tweaks and other im­prove­ments to the lit­tle black box

Mac|Life - - CREATE - bit.ly/roll­back­beta.


Ap­ple TV (4th gen­er­a­tion)

you will learn

How to re­ceive public beta ver­sions of tvOS.


15 min­utes, de­pend­ing on your in­ter­net con­nec­tion

the lat­est tvOS is the eas­i­est to in­stall of all Ap­ple’s public be­tas. There are no back­ups to make and no pro­files to in­stall; you only need the Ap­ple ID you reg­is­tered with the Ap­ple Beta Soft­ware Pro­gram. See the steps to the right.

Rather than sup­ply­ing feed­back from your Ap­ple TV, which would be te­dious to en­ter us­ing its Siri Re­mote, Ap­ple ex­pects you’ll also be run­ning the iOS 11 public beta. Con­se­quently, if you have bugs to re­port or sug­ges­tions to make about the tvOS beta, open Feed­back As­sis­tant on iOS 11 – you’ll find it on the Home screen, by en­ter­ing at least some of its name in Spot­light, or by say­ing “Open Feed­back As­sis­tant” to Siri. Tap the new mes­sage icon, then choose your Ap­ple TV un­der “Feed­back for,” or tap Other De­vices if you don’t see it listed there.

To re­store your Ap­ple TV to a non-beta ver­sion of tvOS, you’ll need a USB-C ca­ble with the cor­re­spond­ing con­nec­tor for your Mac at the other end. You’ll find steps to roll back at

Pre­pare Ap­ple TV

In Set­tings > Ac­counts, sign in to iCloud, iTunes and App Store, or Game Cen­ter us­ing your beta pro­gram Ap­ple ID.

Opt in to be­tas

Go back to the top of Set­tings, then to Sys­tem > Soft­ware Up­date and switch on Get Public Beta Up­dates.

Re­ceive and in­stall

In the same place, if Au­to­mat­i­cally Up­date is switched on, your Ap­ple TV will re­ceive public be­tas as part of that. Or, go to Set­tings > Sys­tem > Soft­ware Up­dates > Up­date Soft­ware to check for and in­stall the lat­est ver­sion right away.

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