How to Install tvOS 16 Public Beta on Apple TV

Jul 23, 2022 - Leave a Comment

tvOS 16

Interested in checking out the tvOS 16 public beta on your Apple TV? Much like how you can run the public betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, you can also give tvOS 16 public beta a try if you’re adventurous and up for it.

tvOS 16 doesn’t have a ton of crazy new features, but it does support new game controllers like the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro controller, and there is more integration with tvOS apps and apps for iPhone and iPad.

So, want to check out tvOS 16 public beta? Why not?

As usual with beta system software, expect that tvOS 16 public beta will be buggier than usual and performance may not be as expected. Therefore it’s generally only a good idea to install beta system software onto non-primary devices. Using beta system software is generally only appropriate for more advanced users.

Which Apple TV supports tvOS 16?

tvOS 16 will run on the Apple TV HD, and Apple TV 4k, or newer. Earlier Apple TV models do not support tvOS 16.

How to Install tvOS 16 Public Beta on Apple TV

  1. First head over to the Apple beta program website for tvOS here and sign-in with your Apple ID, agreeing to the terms as you go through the process. You can do this from any device with a web browser.
  2. Next, turn on the Apple TV if you haven’t done so already, and go to “Settings” and then go to “Accounts”
  3. Use the same Apple ID that you used a moment ago to enroll in the tvOS beta program
  4. Now go to “Settings” and to “System” and then choose “Software Update”
  5. Locate “Get Beta Updates” and turn that ON, then follow
  6. How to turn on Apple TV beta software updates

  7. Depending on whether you have automatic update turned on with tvOS, the public beta will either automatically download, or you can find it available in Settings > System > Software Update > Update Software to install tvOS 16 beta manually

Beta system software is going to be buggier than expected, but because the changes in tvOS 16 are not huge, it will probably perform reasonably well.

If you’re interested, you can also install iOS 16 public beta on iPhone, iPadOS 16 public beta on iPad, and install macOS Ventura public beta on Mac, so long as each respective device is compatible with the version of system software.

Apple has said the final version of tvOS 16 will debut in the fall.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Apple TV, Tips & Tricks

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