How to install tvOS 16.5 beta on Apple TV

Apple is currently testing the beta version of tvOS 16.5 with both developers and public beta testers. If you’re interested in installing tvOS 16.5 beta on your Apple TV, here’s how you can do it.

Apple had previously launched tvOS 16.4, which introduced a new accessibility feature called Dim Flashing Lights. This feature automatically dims the video display when strobe effects or flashes of light are detected. Additionally, tvOS 16.4 included several stability and performance enhancements.

install tvOS 16.5 beta

Install tvOS 16.5 beta

To install the public beta version, simply go to Settings > System > Software Update, and enable “Get Beta Updates.”

However, installing a developer beta on an Apple TV is more complicated. You will need:

  • An Apple Developer Account (costs $99/month) to get the configuration profile.
  • The latest version of Xcode.
  • The latest version of Apple Configurator.
  • An Apple TV setup and connected to the same WiFi network as your Mac. Apple TV HD, Apple TV 4K (2017), and Apple TV 4K (2021) are supported.

Once you have these requirements, follow these steps:

  1. Download the developer config profile from the Apple Developer Center downloads section and keep it on your desktop for easy access.
  2. Open Xcode on your Mac and go to Windows > Device & Simulators and keep it open.
  3. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Remotes and Devices, and click on Remote App and Devices.
  4. Wait for Apple TV to discover your Mac. Once it appears, click on Apple TV in the Xcode Devices & Simulators section that you opened in step 2. You will get a code on your Apple TV, use it to pair Xcode with it.
  5. Open Apple Configurator on your Mac and click on your Apple TV. Drag the profile (from step 1) to the Apple TV icon in Apple Configurator to enroll it for developer beta updates.
  6. Finally, go to Settings > System > Software Update on your Apple TV and click on Update Software to download tvOS 16.5 developer beta.

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