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How to download tvOS 10.2.2 beta 5 to your Apple TV

Update June 22, 2017: Apple has just released tvOS 10.2.2 beta 4 for developers. If you already have a tvOS 10 beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for beta 4 to get started with tvOS 10.2.2, keep reading and we'll walk you through the set up!

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. 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.

Unlike Apple's other operating systems, you can't back up your Apple TV; as such, Apple offers two options for updating tvOS: over the air, which just updates the system; and via USB-C, which restores the device to its factory settings.

How to install the tvOS 10.2 beta over-the-air

A note, before we begin: "Over the air" is technically a bit of a misnomer, since you have to use a USB-C cable to initially connect your Apple TV to your Mac to install the tvOS configuration profile. That being said, once you've installed the configuration profile, you'll be able to wirelessly update your Apple TV to any subsequent beta versions.

Updating over the air only updates the system software; your configurations and apps should remain on your Apple TV as-is.

  1. On your Mac, go to developer.apple.com/download (opens in new tab).
  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 (opens in new tab) 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 now detect tvOS 10.1.1 and download and install it just like any other update.

How to install the tvOS 10.1 beta over USB-C

If you prefer to wipe your Apple TV developer unit before updating, you can use the Restore Image option, which connects to your Mac via USB-C.

  1. On your Mac, go to developer.apple.com/download (opens in new tab).
  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 10.1.1 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.

Have you got tvOS 10.1.1 up and running on your Apple TV? Which method did you use and how did it work for you?

Update July 6, 2017: Apple has just released tvOS 10.2.2 beta 5 for developers. If you already have a tvOS 10 beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for beta 5 to get started with tvOS 10.2.2, keep reading and we'll walk you through the setup!

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10 Comments
  • You can connect a PS4 controller with bluetooth on Beta 4, but it will quickly change the status to "not connected". I think Apple is working on this because on Beta 3 you couldn't even get to connect the controller.
  • PlayStation controllers have a complicated pairing process that involves programming the host devices Bluetooth MAC Address into the controller, this is acheivable by a Windows application. (There's possibly a macOS equivalent also) this may make pairing the controller to the Apple TV possible.
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  • When u think the Apple TV 4 has all of this stuff a DVR does which is a big bulky box..... That alone makes me feel happy :)
  • Would have been nice if those who public beta tested iOS 10 and macOS 12 were treated to an early download of watchOS 3 and the new tvOS via the now dropped GM.
  • OK - Where's the single sign in on the GM? Don't see it anywhere
  • You can install the profile via Dropbox without a Mac.
  • AppStore Romania (country) is not working on Apple TV 4 Sent from the iMore App
  • Remind people please that you can only update the ROMs and IPSW files on a mac for the Apple TV!! Windows people are unable to do this at all...ever!
  • Is the TV app in this beta?