How to install Apple tvOS 15 Public Beta on your Apple TV

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(Pocket-lint) – Apple is rolling out the first public beta of tvOS 15. This means that public beta testers, or any non-developer, can download and try the new update on their Apple TV (newer models, anyway).

To get the beta version of Apple’s next operating system update on your set-top box, you need to sign up for Apple’s beta test program. Membership is free. Then you need to install the appropriate certificate from Apple’s public beta website, and then you can grab the updates over the air.

If you’ve already joined Apple’s free beta program, you’ll need to re-register for these latest versions. Here’s all you need to know.

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How to download and install tvOS 15 Public Beta on your Apple TV

With Apple’s public beta program, you can download and install macOS Monterey on your Mac. Just make sure it’s a secondary computer and not your primary computer as it might be full of bugs and might break things. To make things easier, we’ve detailed the download and installation steps below.

  1. On your computer, sign up for Apple’s beta program.
    • Or log in if you are already a member.
  2. Accept Apple’s terms and conditions.
  3. Once logged in, go to the tvOS tab
  4. Scroll down to the “Get Started” section of the tvOS beta page and register your Apple TV
  5. On your Apple TV, go to the settings menu and select “Users & Accounts”.
    • You must be signed in with the same Apple ID as the beta program.
  6. From the settings menu, select System> Software Update.
  7. Turn on Get public beta updates.
  8. Once this setting is enabled, update your Apple TV from your system settings.
    • Open Settings on your Apple TV.
    • Click on System.
    • Click Software Updates.
    • Click Update Software.
    • Click Download and Install.

To have problems? If the above steps don’t work for you, try this method:

  1. Follow steps 1 to 4 described above.
  2. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  3. Click Accounts.
  4. Click on iCloud, iTunes and App Store or Game Center.
    • You must be signed in with the same Apple ID as the beta program.
  5. Click Menu on your Siri remote. Click Menu on your Siri remote again.
  6. Click on System.
  7. Click Software Updates.
  8. Turn on Get public beta updates.
  9. Click Get Public Beta Updates.
  10. Click on Accept.
  11. Once this setting is enabled, update your Apple TV from your system settings.
    • Open Settings on your Apple TV.
    • Click on System.
    • Click Software Updates.
    • Click Update Software.
    • Click Download and Install.

Can your Apple TV run the public beta?

The following Apple TV models are supported by tvOS 15:

  • Apple TV 4K (2021)
  • Apple TV 4K (2017)
  • Apple TV HD (fourth generation)

When will the final version of tvOS 15 officially launch?

Apple will be launching several tvOS 15 developers and public betas throughout the summer – which you can download live. Expect the final version of the software update to officially launch for all supported Apple TVs this fall, likely with the release of the next iPhone. The final version will also be free and downloadable live – no beta program required.

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Written by Maggie Tillman.


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