tvOS 13

If you installed tvOS 13 and would like to go back to tvOS 12, you have limited options.

Downgrading your Apple TV 4K

If you installed tvOS 13 on your Apple TV 4K, you're out of luck. There is no way to downgrade your Apple TV to an earlier version of tvOS. The reason: The Apple TV 4K doesn't include the necessary USB-C port to allow you to connect it to your Mac, and Apple doesn't provide an over-the-air restore image for the most recent public version of tvOS.

Downgrading your Apple TV HD

You can downgrade your Apple TV HD using a Mac via macOS Mojave and a beta version of macOS Catalina.

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How to use macOS Mojave to downgrade your Apple TV HD

  1. Download the latest publicly available version of tvOS 12, saving the file to your Mac's desktop.
  2. Connect your Apple TV HD to your Mac using a USB-C cable.
  3. Launch iTunes on your Mac.
  4. Select the Apple TV icon at the top left of the corner of iTunes.
  5. Click Restore Apple TV while holding down the Option key.

    iTunes restore tvOS

  6. Select the tvOS file you downloaded.

    restore tvOS file

From here, extraction and installation of the tvOS firmware begins. Once complete, you'll be asked to set up Apple TV on the device. Unplug the UBS-C cable when complete.

How to use the macOS Catalina beta to downgrade your Apple TV HD

  1. Download the latest publicly available version of tvOS 12, saving the file to your Mac's desktop.
  2. Connect your Apple TV HD to your Mac using a USB-C cable.
  3. Launch Finder on your Mac.
  4. Select the Apple TV under Locations in Finder.
  5. Click Restore Apple TV while holding down the Option key.
  6. Select the tvOS file you downloaded.

    Finder Apple TV

From here, extraction and installation of the tvOS firmware begins. Once complete, you'll be asked to set up Apple TV on the device. Unplug the UBS-C cable when complete.

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