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How to download tvOS 11.4.1 public beta 2 to your Apple TV

Apple TV Siri Remote
Apple TV Siri Remote (Image credit: iMore)

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.

tvOS 11.4.1 is coming later this year, though Apple has yet to say anything about it. Ahead of its arrival, Apple is letting interested users check it out beforehand with a public beta.

If you're interested in trying out the tvOS 11.4.1 public beta, just sign on up for Apple's Beta Software program and ready your device.

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 11.4.1 public beta

To enroll your Apple TV in the tvOS 11.4.1 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.

Enroll in the public beta, showing how to open Settings, then click Accounts (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Click either iCloud, iTunes and App Store, or Game Center.
  2. Sign in with the same Apple ID email address and password that you used to register for the beta program.

  1. Click Menu on your Siri Remote.
  2. Click Menu on your Siri Remote again.
  3. Click on System.
  4. Click Software Updates.

  1. Turn Get Public Beta Updates on.
  2. Click Get Public Beta Updates.

  1. Click Agree.

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

How to install the iOS 11.4.1 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 11.4.1 public beta, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Update June 12, 2018: Apple has just released tvOS 11.4.1 public beta 2 for members of its Beta Software Program. If you already have the tvOS 11 public beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

6 Comments
  • For those that subscribe to DIRECTV Now, under tvOS 11 beta, the app is currently crashing. Had to revert back to 10.2.1 this morning.
  • Haystack crashes too, but i can live with that for a little while given it's an aggregator, albeit a very good one.
    edit: one thing i do like that i commented on in another tvOS post is that you can configure tvOS to use the same home screen across multiple Apple TVs for the same iCloud account - it's under Accounts, iCloud, Home Screen and is off by default.
  • Do you guys know how quitting the beta for Apple TV works? For the iPhone, you basically have to delete the profile and you're back to regular updates. Does it work similarly for the ATV beta? Thanks in advance.
  • It's under Settings, General, Profile. Then click on the Beta Software Profile, Remove Profile. I havent clicked on it because i'd like to stay on the beta but i can only assume that it works as you mentioned.
  • My apple TV does not have the accounts tab? Any way to do this?
  • sounds like something is wrong there. I'd try pulling the power cord out, wait a while plug it back in and then check it? if not go to System, Software Updates and see if there's a software update that might help.