tvOS beta Software Installation Guide

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 11 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 9 or later on your Mac as well as macOS 10.12.6 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. Open iTunes on your Mac.
  6. Select your Apple TV when it appears in iTunes.
  7. In the Summary panel, hold the Option key and click the Restore Apple TV button.
  8. Select the tvOS 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.
  10. 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.

Reporting Feedback

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