Frequently Asked Questions
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 iOS device with iTunes and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software. Since Apple TV purchases and data are stored in the cloud, there’s no need to back up your Apple TV. Install the beta software 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 iOS device, Mac, or Apple TV
to access the latest public betas, as well as subsequent updates, directly from iOS Software Update, the Mac App Store or tvOS Software Update.
How do I provide my feedback to Apple?
The iOS and macOS public betas come with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which can be opened from 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 selecting Send Feedback. If you’re running the tvOS public beta, you can submit feedback through the Feedback Assistant app on an enrolled iOS device. When 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 have an iCloud account, that is an Apple ID and we recommend you use that. If you do not have an iCloud account or any other 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.
Read our Terms for full details
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
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 stop receiving public betas and install the next shipping iOS, macOS, or tvOS release?
When your device is enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program, you will automatically receive new versions of the public beta from iOS Software Update, the Mac App Store, or tvOS Software Update. At any time, you may unenroll your device so that it no longer receives these updates. Then, when the next version of commercial software is released, you can install it from iOS Software Update, the Mac App Store, or tvOS Software Update.
Learn more about unenrolling your device
How do I restore a prior shipping release of iOS, macOS, or tvOS?
Always back up your iOS device or Mac before installing the public beta. Since Apple TV purchases and data are stored in the cloud, there's no need to back up your Apple TV. To use a previously-released version of macOS or iOS, you can restore your device from the backup that you created before installing the public beta.
Learn more about restoring your iOS and macOS devices
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How do I leave the Apple Beta Software Program?
To leave the program, visit the
page and follow the instructions to remove your Apple ID from the Apple Beta Software Program.