Installing macOS Big Sur beta

I installed the profile for macOS Big Sur, but I got updated to Catalina beta 10.15.6 beta instead.

Is it possible to install the Big Sur beta already?

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Here’s the list of macOS Big Sur compatible Macs:

2015 and later MacBook
2013 and later MacBook Air
2013 and later MacBook Pro
2014 and later Mac mini
2014 and later iMac
2017 and later iMac Pro
2013 and later Mac Pro
okay
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I believe the original projection on the launch for Big Sur was November, possibly September...
































































































































































































































































































































































































The public beta (what is more appropriate for the original poster & other non-developers) of macOS Big Sur is now officially available: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/guide#macos

Anything before this was not recommended for non-developers, people that need their computer & data to work reliably, etc. Even then, this public beta is still a beta. Things will still not be working entirely correctly (including third-party software that hasn't updated to support the new version yet [since it's not officially released yet]) even with this being a publicly-available beta (key word still being beta.)

If you need things to continue to work smoothly, the official release isn't too far away & you should probably wait. Keep in mind that even official releases can have some bugs (many potentially having to do with third-party software, at that point) so getting it earlier & earlier before then just leaves you open for more & more problems (definitely shouldn't step outside of what upgrade profile you officially have like many have suggested here since you then can't get proper support if/when things happen.) Of course, I wouldn't hold off on an official release (when that happens in the next couple months), though, unless there's a known compatibility issue with something you need.
I have similar issue for my 2016 13" MacBook Pro. I installed the Big Sur Developer version, the update won't showing up. I tried those popular methods from internet, but they don't work for me. The software update windows showed "Your Mac is up to date - Mac OS Big Sur Beta 11.0" How come.....
Steffen_Volgmann's answer works well, thank you. Just be patient after you run it, when you open Software Update, it takes a minute to load in the BigSur update.
Keep in mind that the solution by Steffen_Volgmann does put you on the developer beta path instead of the public beta path. As such, these are betas not seen to be fit for the public beta program yet (let alone to be used for reliable general use that comes with the official full release) & are more likely to have bugs & other issues of varying seriousness (some potentially being quite serious [possibly even totally messing up your synced data, needing a full re-install/restore from backup, etc.])

Apple doesn't have the public beta of Big Sur currently available on purpose so keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to move forward with the developer beta profile. I'd recommend waiting for the full release this fall if you're planning on general use, but certainly wait for the public beta if you're not a developer that absolutely needs it & is prepared to deal with the issues it has (potentially then not being able to get sufficient support due to running the developer beta without an active developer plan.)
Steffen_Volgmanns solution worked for me, and I am NOT a paying Apple Developer.
Thanks Steffen_Volgmann! That worked.
Just got it... Commands listed by Steffen_Volgmann worked perfect. Thanks Steffen!

My Mac... MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)

open terminal
sudo -i
enter root password
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil

Unenroll from the Beta Program 
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil unenroll

Enroll in the DeveloperSeed Beta 
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil enroll DeveloperSeed

Close and re-open System Preferences > Software Update
The new Beta should now show up
I had the same issue. The following from another user worked for me. I took like a minute for it to update before I could download.

I had the same problem that after installing the public beta profile for Big Sur, I was only offered an upgrade to the latest beta from Catalina. 
So I ran sudo as root via terminal and typed the commands there:

open terminal
sudo -i
enter root password
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil

Unenroll from the Beta Program 
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil unenroll

Enroll in the DeveloperSeed Beta 
/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil enroll DeveloperSeed

Close and re-open System Preferences > Software Update
The new Beta should now show up
I want the new BIG SUR BETA
Steffen's solution worked for me as well. Thanks much.

To recap, in Terminal enter
Code Block
sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil unenroll
sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Seeding.framework/Versions/A/Resources/seedutil enroll DeveloperSeed

Then, in System Preferences, open Software Update and wait a few seconds. "macOS Big Sur Beta" shows up.
Make sure to install the outer system of your modem to complete the forms

What you would have to do is make sure you installed the right beta that has the right requirements for your laptop, computer etc. You would have to make sure that it is compatible first. If it does not work you can respond to my email and I will answer within 2 hours. You have to make sure your portal is certified first because everyone had to install the latest versions and able to use MacBook. If you are using a non MacBook then it will not work so you must have a MacBook Pro for order to use the portal. The portal has one or more installations so be sure to lookout for the app that says MacBook or hp services we don't support Chromebook and acres.