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

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.