How to download the tvOS 10 beta for developers

Installing the tvOS 10 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it's also for developers only.

Apple hasn't announced a public beta for tvOS the way the company has for iOS and macOS. That means, until it is released to everyone this fall, it's only available to developers and only to test apps. It also means installing it on the Apple TV (4th generation) is more complicated than a simple download and go. If you're a developer and you're having trouble getting the tvOS beta installed, here's what you need to do.

Apple's 2016 software updates — iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and macOS Sierra — are currently available only as closed developer previews. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend you stay away, at least until the public iOS and macOS betas in July, if not the general releases this fall.

How to install the tvOS 10 beta over USB-C

If you don't want to overwrite your existing Apple TV installation, you can install only the configuration profile and go from there.

  1. On your Mac, go to developer.apple.com/download.
  2. Enter your developer username and password to log in.
  3. Click on the blue Download button to the right of tvOS 10 beta configuration profile.
  4. Install the Apple Configurator app from the Mac App Store.
  5. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) to AC power.
  6. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) to your Mac using a USB-C cable.
  7. Launch Apple Configurator.
  8. Click on Add Profiles to your Apple TV and add the tvOS 10 beta configuration profile you downloaded previously. (Or simply drag and drop the file to the Apple TV icon.)
  9. Reboot your Apple TV once the configuration profile is installed.
  10. On your Apple TV, click on Settings.
  11. Click on System.
  12. Click on Software Update.

Your Apple TV should detect tvOS 10 and download and install it just like any other update.

If you need to reinstall your Apple TV software while updating, you can use the Restore Image.

  1. On your Mac, go to developer.apple.com/download.
  2. Enter your developer username and password to log in.
  3. Click on the blue Download button to the right of tvOS 10 restore image.
  4. Click on the blue Download button to the right of Xcode 8.
  5. Install Xcode 8 on your Mac.
  6. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) to AC power.
  7. Connect your Apple TV (4th generation) to your Mac using a USB-C cable.
  8. Launch iTunes.
  9. Select your Apple TV when it appears in iTunes.
  10. Hold down the Option key and click on Check for Updates.
  11. Browse to and click on the tvOS 10 beta you downloaded in step 3.

Once iTunes has updated your Apple TV, hook it back up to your television and you're good to go.

How to install the tvOS 10 beta over-the-air

There's no official way to download and install tvOS 10 directly on your Apple TV, though there's an unofficial way you can try if it interests you. We tested it out and it works fine.

From iDownloadblog:

You will also need the DropBox app, and Remote app for the iPhone to follow this tutorial as it's written. Of course, you can always type in URLs manually, but it's a much easier process when using the Remote app. Watch our video tutorial above for the full process.

Have you got tvOS 10 up and running on your Apple TV? Which method did you use and how did it work for you?

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