How to update the Apple TV to the tvOS beta without a Mac, PC, or USB-C cable

By , Jan 27, 2016

Apple TV tvOS beta install no computer required

Yesterday, we showed you how to update to the tvOS beta using Apple Configurator 2. The nice thing about this method is that it allows you to keep your apps, settings and data.

The downside of this method is that it still requires a computer and USB-C cable, since it needs Apple Configurator 2 to complete the process. Fortunately, there is a way to install the tvOS beta on your Apple TV without using a computer. In this step-by-step video tutorial, I’ll show you how.

Note: You will need to be a developer to access the Configuration Profile, or at least know a developer that’s willing to share. You will also need the DropBox app, and Remote app for the iPhone to follow this tutorial as it’s written. Of course, you can always type in URLs manually, but it’s a much easier process when using the Remote app. Watch our video tutorial above for the full process.

Step 1: Download the Configuration Profile for the tvOS beta from Apple’s developer website. Save the Configuration Profile to a folder on DropBox, so that you can access it from the DropBox app on your iPhone.

Step 2: On the Apple TV, go to Settings → General → Privacy and highlight Send to Apple 

Step 3: Press the Play button on the Siri Remote

Step 4: Click Add Profile → OK

Step 5: Delete the entire URL displayed on screen

Step 6: Launch DropBox on the iPhone and open the folder containing the Configuration Profile

Step 7: Tap the down button next to the Configuration Profile, tap Send Link, and tap Copy Link in the Share Sheet

Step 8: Launch the Remote app on your iPhone, and connect to the Apple TV

Step 9: Tap the Keyboard button, and paste the URL that you copied in Step 7

Step 10: At the end of the URL, replace the “0” with a “1” and press the Return key on the keyboard

Step 11: After the profile is added, you’ll see a request to restart the Apple TV. Tap Restart Now to complete the installation

Step 12: Once the Apple TV reboots, go to Settings → System → Software Updates to check for new updates. You should now be able to download and install the beta.

Did this work for you? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts, and special thanks to our reader Jason for the handy tip.

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  • Titan3636

    amazing!!! worked like a charm. you guys are the best. now if someone could only figure out a way to sideload apps using a windows machine! that would really be amazing. (w/o using a virtual machine, hackintosh etc. I tried that and couldn’t get my laptop to recognize the apple tv was plugged into the USB). thanks again!!!! WOW

  • Ete

    awesome

  • Eikast

    Thanks Jeff.

  • n0m0n

    Would I also be able to add the browser or Kodi this same way?
    Thanks

  • Nolan I.

    Wow. More secret features keep getting unveiled each day…

    EDIT: Someone please check if the public beta profile will make the tvOS beta visible. I would but don’t have an ATV4.

  • Worked, I don’t even have Apple Developer Account.

    Thanks

    • Matt Campbell

      Does anyone have the configure file or the link to copy? Would be much appreciated

      • Martin

        found it yet? I’m also looking

      • Nick

        tinyurl com /jj6jfk3 Has the profile

      • Martin

        ha thanks I’ve already had found that in this forum from you in a different thread thanks tho:)

      • Martin

        I already have the new beta on atv4 thanks!

      • Nick

        tinyurl com /jj6jfk3 Has the profile in it

      • Matt Campbell

        You are awesome!! Thanks mate 😉

  • Alex Willum

    How do i set “highlight Send to Apple” back to the one before??

  • Martin

    where can i find Configuration Profile for the tvOS beta

  • Derek Fermin

    will this also work with getting the Kodi application onto the apple tv via this way?

  • Sean Michael Eddings

    The link is supposed to begin with Dropbox correct?

  • Bybymax

    Hi there, I got a big problem, ever since I updated to the beta, which worked like a charm (thx Jeff!!), most of my apps have not been working anymore (asphalt8, rayman or Minions for exple). Do you have any ideas how i could fix the problem, or do i have to wait until the final official release of the 9.2 ?
    Thx in advance guys.

  • Febby

    (Still) Works but had some trouble with step 11, It didn’t ask me to restart, it just had the spinning wheel, even after a couple of minutes, just hit the Menu button on ATV remote, you’ll see it’s installed there, but you probably still need to restart, I did, I should have checked software update before I restarted if a new one showed up.

  • Nguyen Ken

    I did like the tip but It says that Unable to add the profiles. [-1003]. Chech the URL and try again.

  • Nguyen Ken

    I did like the tip but It says that Unable to add the profiles. [-1003]. Check the URL and try again.

  • Cody

    The process works perfectly.
    Is there a way to downgrade back to 9.2.1?