Installation of tvOS 15 Public Beta on your Apple TV

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Photo: Peter Kotoff (Shutterstock) – Although you may not think too much about the software on your Apple TV, each year Apple releases a major update. Apple will be releasing tvOS 15 in the autumn of 2021 which will improve the quality of life of Apple TV: Finally, you can connect to apps using the Face ID on your iPhone, such as the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max support for Audio Space, and the SharePlay support to watch films and TV shows with friends via your iPh0ne on FaceTime.

Install public beta tvOS if you do not want to wait until the fall to try these features. However, since it is a beta, it won’t be a smooth journey, because there may be problems or freezes. Also, if anything goes wrong, there is no way to restore the latest Apple TV 4K model, so you will be forced to wait for a software update to fix your bug in order.

The original 2015 Apple TV HD model can be restored, we will discuss more below.

Sounds great? Sounds good? Let the tvOS beta on your Apple TV be installed.

How to download the public beta tvOS 15 on Apple TV

You need to sign up for the public beta program for Apple in order to access the tvOS public beta. Once you register, you can receive beta updates over the air on your Apple television. You don’t have to connect your Apple TV to your computer—you just have to inscribe your Apple ID into the public beta program of Apple.

Open the website on your computer for Apple’s public beta program and click “Sign Up.” Then connect to your Apple ID (the same Apple ID that you use with your Apple TV). Accept the program’s terms and conditions and that is everything you need on the site.

Turn on your Apple television now. First of all, make sure your Apple TV uses the same Apple ID. To do this, go to the Accounts section and open the ‘Setting’ app. Go to the sections “iCloud,” “iTunes & App Store” and “Game Center.” Make sure you have the same Apple ID and you’re good to go.

Go to System > Software Updates, activate the “Get Public Beta Updates” option and accept the terms and conditions in the “Adjustments” app.

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Your Apple TV will receive the public beta updates tvOS 15 once enabled. Go to Settings > System > Software Update to install public beta and click on the “Add Software” button. Select the “Download and Install” feature from the popup.

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Now you can only let your Apple TV do that. Your Apple TV is downloaded, installed and rebooted. You’ll run tvOS 15 once it’s done.

What are the new characteristics of tvOS 15?

The tvOS 15 update will improve your lives if you own AirPods and HomePod minis. Finally tvOS 15 supports Apple’s auto-connection functionality (you’re going to see on-screen notification that will help you connect your AirPods quickly). Plus AirPods Pro and AirPods Max gain an immersive listening experience in supported apps with Spatial Audio. And in a stereo pair you can use two HomePod minis.

The SharePlay feature is also supported. You can seamlessly move media on to Apple TV while continuing the call on your iPhone if you are running iOS 15 on your iPhone and you are watching anything with your friends on Face Time. The replay and media controls are still synchronized to the rest of the group call.

And as we said, with the Face ID of your iPhone you can log in to apps (using iCloud Keychain).

How to get Apple TV back?

You can try to restore your Apple TV HD if you have problems with the TVOS public beta (the models do not work with 4K).

  • Turn off the Apple TV’s HDMI and power cable, connect them to your Mac through a USB-C (the best way to do this is to run the Catalin macOS or better).
  • Select your Apple TV from the sidebar and open the Finder for your Mac. Please select the option “Restore.”
  • Complete the restoration process following the instructions.

To restore your Apple TV you will need iTunes if you have a Mac that runs Mojave or older, or a PC (here, select Apple TV from the source list).

Which equipment is tvOS 15 supported?

tvOS 15 supports all three major models from Apple TV with a remote Siri (with a touchpad). The list is as follows:

  • Apple TV HD (2015)
  • Apple TV 4K (2017)
  • Apple TV 4K (2021)