Installing Apple Beta Software

Beta versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS are available to Apple Developer Program members to develop apps that take advantage of the latest features of Apple platforms and to test existing apps for compatibility.

Beta software, including previews and seeds, refers to a prerelease version of software that is not public and is still under development and is intended only for installation on development devices registered with your Apple Developer Program membership. Beta OS software should be installed only on devices and systems used for development and testing. Attempting to install beta software in an unauthorized manner violates Apple policy and could render your device unusable and necessitate an out of warranty repair. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software and install only on devices and systems that you are prepared to erase if necessary.

iOS Beta Software Installation

Beta versions of iOS software are available to develop apps that take advantage of the latest features of iOS and to test existing apps for compatibility.

NOTE: Registered development devices will be able to upgrade to future beta releases and the final iOS software. Installing iOS 12 via iTunes requires that the developer has already installed the Xcode 10 beta.

System Requirements

iOS 12 beta supports iPhone 5s or later, iPod touch (6th generation), iPad mini 2, and iPad Air or later.

Installing iOS Beta Software on Your Device Using the Configuration Profile

  1. Download the Configuration Profile from the Apple Developer download page

    On your iOS device: Download the Configuration Profile directly on your iOS device and follow the installation instructions.

    On your Mac or PC: Save the file to your hard disk and email it to an account on your iPhone. Tap the Configuration Profile in Mail and follow the installation instructions.

  2. Plug your device in to power and connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
  3. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
  4. Tap Download and Install.
  5. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iOS device in to power before you go to sleep. Overnight, your device will update automatically.
  6. If asked, enter your passcode.

Installing iOS Beta Software on Your Device Using the Restore Image

  1. Download the iOS beta software restore image for your device from the Apple Developer download page
  2. Ensure you are running the latest version of iTunes on your Mac.
  3. Open iTunes on your Mac.
  4. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer with the cable that came with your device.
  5. If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps. If you forgot your passcode, get help.
  6. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes.
  7. In the Summary panel, hold the Option key and click the Check for Update button.
  8. Select the iOS beta software restore image from step 1 and click Open to begin installation.
  9. After installing the beta, your device will reboot and will require a network connection to complete activation.

macOS Beta Software Installation

Beta versions of macOS software are available to develop apps that take advantage of the latest features of macOS and to test existing apps for compatibility.

Beta software is intended only for installation on development devices registered with your Apple Developer Program membership. Make sure to back up your Mac before installing beta software. Attempting to install this version of macOS in an unauthorized manner could put your device in an unusable state and necessitate an out of warranty repair.

System Requirements

The macOS Developer Beta Access Utility can only be used on systems running OS X 10.8 or later.

Installing macOS Beta Software on Your Mac Using the macOS Developer Beta Access Utility

  1. Download the macOS Developer Beta Access Utility from the Apple Developer download page.
  2. Open the macOS Developer Beta Access Utility from the location it was downloaded to in the previous step and follow the instructions.
  3. Once installation has completed you’ll be presented with the macOS beta in the Mac App Store. Then click the Download button to install the beta.
  4. As new macOS betas become available you will receive a notification and can install it from Software Update in System Preferences.

tvOS Beta Software Installation

Beta versions of tvOS software are available to develop apps that take advantage of the latest features of tvOS and to test existing apps for compatibility.

Beta software is intended only for installation on development devices registered with your Apple Developer Program membership. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software. Attempting to install this version of tvOS in an unauthorized manner could put your device in an unusable state and necessitate an out of warranty repair.

NOTE: Registered development devices will be able to upgrade to future beta releases and the final iOS software.

System Requirements

tvOS 12 beta supports Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation) only. Earlier Apple TV models are not supported.

Installing tvOS Beta Software Using the Configuration Profile for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation)

  1. Download the tvOS beta software configuration profile for the new Apple TV from the Apple Developer download page on your Mac.
  2. Ensure you are running the latest version of Xcode 10 or later on your Mac as well as macOS 10.13.4 or later.
  3. Check that your Apple TV is plugged in and turned on.
  4. Connect the Mac running Xcode and the Apple TV to the same network.
  5. In Xcode, choose Window > Devices and Simulators, then in the window that appears, click Devices.
  6. On the Apple TV, open Settings, then choose Remotes and Devices > Remote App and Devices.
    The Apple TV searches for possible pairing devices including the Mac.
  7. In Xcode, select the Apple TV in the left column under Discovered.
    The status of the Apple TV connection request appears in the detail area.
  8. Enter the verification code displayed on the Apple TV, then click Connect.
    Xcode pairs with the Apple TV and a network icon appears next the the Apple TV in the left column.
  9. Ensure your Mac is running the latest version of Apple Configurator and the Apple TV are on the same network.
  10. Open Apple Configurator on your Mac.
  11. To set up an Apple TV for the first time, click Prepare and follow the onscreen instructions. To add profiles for an Apple TV that you’ve previously set up, click Add, then select Profiles. You can also drag a profile from the Finder and drop it on the icon of your Apple TV.

Installing tvOS Beta Software on Your Device Using the Restore Image for Apple TV (4th generation) Only.

  1. Download the tvOS beta software restore image for Apple TV (4th generation) from the Apple Developer download page on your Mac.
  2. Ensure you are running the latest version of iTunes on your Mac.
  3. Open iTunes on your Mac.
  4. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) to your Mac with a USB-C cable.
  5. Select your Apple TV when it appears in iTunes.
  6. In the Summary panel, hold the Option key and click the Restore Apple TV button.
  7. Select the tvOS beta software restore image from step 1 and click Open to begin installation.
  8. After installing the beta, your device will reboot and will require a network connection to complete activation.
  9. NOTE: If iTunes does not recognize Apple TV, place it in recovery mode. To place your Apple TV in recovery mode:
    1. Ensure the Apple TV is connected to your computer.
    2. Using the included remote, press and hold MENU + Play/Pause for 6 seconds until the indicator light begins flashing rapidly.
    3. Proceed with step 6 to restore the Apple TV.

watchOS Beta Software Installation

Beta versions of watchOS software are available to develop apps that take advantage of the latest features of watchOS and to test existing apps for compatibility.

Beta software is intended only for installation on development devices registered with your Apple Developer Program membership. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software. Attempting to install this version of watchOS in an unauthorized manner could put your device in an unusable state and necessitate an out of warranty repair.

NOTE: Registered development devices will be able to upgrade to future beta releases and the final watchOS software.

System Requirements

watchOS 5 beta requires iPhone 5s or later running iOS 12 beta. watchOS 5 beta supports Apple Watch Series 2 or later.

Installing watchOS Beta Software on Your Device

  1. To update the software on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to:
    • Make sure your Apple Watch has at least a 50 percent charge.
    • Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.
    • Keep your iPhone next to your Apple Watch to make sure they’re in range.
    • Your iPhone must be running iOS 12 beta to install watchOS 5 beta.
  2. Download the Configuration Profile from the Apple Developer download page.

    On your iOS device: Download the Configuration Profile directly on your iOS device and follow the installation instructions.

    On your Mac or PC: Save the file to your hard disk and email it to an account on your iPhone. Tap the Configuration Profile in Mail and follow the installation instructions.

  3. After launching the profile, tap Apple Watch as the installation location then reboot when prompted.
  4. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch > General > Software Update.
  5. If asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter the passcodes.
  6. Wait for the Apple logo with progress bar to appear. When the update finishes, your Apple Watch will restart.

In the event your device restarts into recovery, please visit support.apple.com for assistance.

Apple Watch displays a red "!" icon.

You should force restart your Apple Watch if it’s displaying a red "!" icon. To force restart your Apple Watch, press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, then release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.

If force restarting your Apple Watch doesn't resolve the issue, contact Apple for service.

Contacting Apple Support

If your Apple Watch continues to display the red "!" icon, restarts into recovery mode, or exhibits other issues that require it to be restored with the current version of watchOS, you need to send it in to Apple Support. Apple Authorized Service Providers and Apple retail stores cannot perform this service. Visit Apple Support and follow these steps:

  1. Select Apple Watch.
  2. Select Send in for Service.
  3. Select Setup & Usage.
  4. Select Updating my Apple Watch OS.
  5. Select Talk to Apple Support Now.

Once your device is received by Apple Support, it may take up to 3 business days to be serviced. You will get back the same device you sent in. This service is currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, UK, and US.

Reporting Feedback

To report any bugs, use the Apple Bug Reporter on the Apple Developer website. Additionally, you may find information in the Apple Developer Forums.