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How to download the third public beta of tvOS 16 for the Apple TV

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We know that tvOS 16 is set to the official launch in the fall, but Apple has released the first public beta for tvOS 16, which means you can test it out and see the new features and software in action. There are some risks to using beta software, but if that's acceptable for you, here's how you can download the tvOS 16 public beta to your Apple TV.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas (opens in new tab). 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 staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

What's new in tvOS 16?

August 9, 2022: Apple releases the second public beta of tvOS 16

Apple has released the third tvOS 16 public beta for testers. If you've prepared your Apple TV to receive public beta updates, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away.

July 28, 2022: Apple releases the second public beta of tvOS 16

Apple has just released tvOS 16 public beta 2 for testers. If you've prepared your Apple TV to receive public beta updates, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away.

July 11, 2022: Apple releases the first public beta of tvOS 16

Apple has just released tvOS 16 public beta 1 for testers. If you've prepared your Apple TV to receive public beta updates, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for tvOS 16 to start testing, your time has come!

How to register for Apple's Beta Software Program

Registering for the Apple Beta Software Program is free and just requires an Apple ID.

  1. Head to beta.apple.com (opens in new tab).
  2. Tap Sign up to get started with the program.
  3. Enter your Apple ID email address and password.
  4. Tap Sign In.
  5. Tap Accept to agree to the program's terms and conditions.

How to enroll your Apple TV in the tvOS 16 public beta

To enroll your Apple TV in the tvOS 16 public beta, you'll need to be signed into your Apple TV with the same Apple ID you used to register for the Beta Software Program.

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Accounts.
  3. Click either iCloud, iTunes and App Store, or Game Center.
  4. Sign in with the same Apple ID email address and password that you used to register for the beta program.
  5. Click Menu on your Siri Remote.
  6. Click Menu on your Siri Remote again.
  7. Click on System.
  8. Click Software Updates.
  9. Turn Get Public Beta Updates on.
  10. Click Get Public Beta Updates.
  11. Click Agree.

You can turn off public beta updates by clicking the Get Public Updates button again under Software Updates.

How to install the tvOS 16 public beta

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click on System.

  1. Click Software Updates.
  2. Click Update Software.

  1. Click Download and Install.

Questions?

If you've got any further questions about installing the tvOS 16 public beta, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.