Frequently Asked Questions


The Program

What is the Apple Beta Software Program?

The Apple Beta Software Program lets users try out pre-release software. The feedback you provide on quality and usability helps us identify issues, fix them, and make Apple software even better. Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software. Be sure to back up your Mac using Time Machine and your iOS device with iTunes before installing beta software. Install only on non-production devices that are not business critical. We strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac.

How do I get the public betas?

As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you'll be able to enroll your Mac or iOS device to get the latest public beta, as well as subsequent updates, directly from the Mac App Store or iOS Software Update.

How do I provide my feedback to Apple?

The OS X and iOS public betas come with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which can be opened from the second page of the Home screen on your iOS device or from the Dock on your Mac. The Feedback Assistant app is also available from the help menu of any app by choosing 'Send Feedback’. If you experience an issue or something does not work as expected, send your feedback directly to Apple with Feedback Assistant.

Who can participate?

The Apple Beta Software Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process. If you do not have an Apple ID, you can create one now.

Do I have to pay a fee to join the program or pay for software?

No. Both the program and software are free.

What kind of compensation do I receive for testing?

This program is voluntary, and there is no compensation for your participation.

Is the public beta software confidential?

Yes, the public beta software is Apple confidential information. Don’t install the public beta software on any systems you don't directly control or that you share with others. Don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet, or publicly post information about the public beta software, and don't discuss the public beta software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the Apple Beta Software Program. If Apple has publicly disclosed technical information about the public beta software, it is no longer considered confidential.
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How does the Apple Beta Software Program contact me?

The Apple Beta Software Program uses the contact information associated with your Apple ID. You may keep your contact information up to date by visiting https://appleid.apple.com.

What's the difference between this program and the Apple Developer Program?

The Apple Beta Software Program collects feedback on pre-release software. The Apple Developer Program allows developers to test and build applications. Participants in the Apple Beta Software Program may receive different beta software from participants in the Apple Developer Program. If you are a developer, you will benefit from the additional resources available through the Apple Developer Program.
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Will installing public beta software from the Apple Beta Software Program void my hardware warranty?

No, installing the public beta software does not void your hardware warranty.

How do I get a shipping version of OS X back on my Mac?

Always back up your computer before installing beta software. To get a shipping release of OS X on your Mac, you can simply install the final version of the software you are testing when it appears in the Mac App Store. If you would like to go back to a previously released version, you must first erase the beta software, then re-install the latest shipping version of OS X, and finally restore from your Time Machine backup.
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How do I get a shipping version of iOS back on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch?

Always back up your iOS device before installing beta software. To get a shipping release of iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can simply install the final version of the software you are testing when it appears in Software Update. If you would like to go back to a previously released version, you must first erase the beta software, then re-install the latest shipping version of iOS, and finally restore from your previously saved iTunes backup.
Learn more about how to erase and install iOS
Learn more about restoring from an iTunes backup

How do I leave the Apple Beta Software Program?

To leave the program, visit the Unenroll page and follow the instructions to remove your Apple ID from the Apple Beta Software Program.