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What is the Apple Beta Software Program?

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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 iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 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 iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV or Apple Watch 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, iPadOS and macOS public betas come with the built-in Feedback Assistant app, which can be opened from the Home screen on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch 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 iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. 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?

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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.

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?

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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, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS or watchOS 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, tvOS Software Update or watchOS 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, tvOS Software Update or watchOS Software Update.

How do I restore a prior shipping release of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS or watchOS?

Always back up your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch 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. Please note Apple Watch cannot be restored to previously-released OS versions once the public beta is installed.

How do I leave the Apple Beta Software Program?

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

Are you sure you want to leave the Apple Beta Software Program?

When your device is enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program, you will automatically receive new versions of the public beta. At any time, you may unenroll your device so that it no longer receives these updates.

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Open Software Update in System Preferences

Launch System Preferences, and select the Software Update icon.

Unenroll your Mac

Click the 'Details…' button below 'This Mac is enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program.'

Confirm Your Change

A dialog will appear asking if you would like to restore your default update settings. Choose 'Restore Defaults', and your Mac will no longer receive public betas. When the next commercial version of macOS is released, you can install it from Software Update in System Preferences.

How do I restore a prior release of macOS?

To go back to a prior release of macOS, you can restore your Mac from the Time Machine backup that you created before installing the public beta.

Open your Profiles

To stop receiving the iOS public betas, follow the instructions below to remove the iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 Beta Software Profile. Go to Settings > General > Profiles and tap the iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 Beta Software Profile that appears.

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Remove the iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 Beta Software Profile

Tap Remove Profile. If asked, enter your device passcode, then tap Remove. Once the profile is deleted, your iOS device will no longer receive iOS public betas. When the next commercial version of iOS is released, you can install it from Software Update.

How do I restore to a prior release?

To go back to a prior release, you can restore your iOS device from the backup that you created before installing the public beta.

Open your Profiles

To stop receiving the iPadOS public betas, follow the instructions below to remove the iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 Beta Software Profile. Go to Settings > General > Profiles and tap the iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 Beta Software Profile that appears.

Remove the iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 Beta Software Profile

Tap Remove Profile. If asked, enter your device passcode, then tap Remove. Once the profile is deleted, your iPad will no longer receive iPadOS public betas. When the next commercial version of iPadOS is released, you can install it from Software Update.

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How do I restore to a prior release?

To go back to a prior release, you can restore your iPad from the backup that you created before installing the public beta.

Go to Settings

To stop receiving the tvOS public betas, go to Settings > System > Software Update > and turn off Get Public Beta Updates.

Wait for next tvOS release

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Once your setting has changed, your Apple TV will no longer receive tvOS public betas. When the next commercial version of tvOS is released, it will automatically install if you have Automatic Software Update turned on. Or, you can install it from Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software.

Remove the watchOS 7 Beta Software Profile

To stop receiving the watchOS public betas, go to the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then go to General > Profiles and tap the watchOS 7 Beta Software Profile that appears. Tap Remove Profile. If asked, enter your device passcode, then tap Remove. Once the profile is deleted, your Apple Watch device will no longer receive watchOS public betas.

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Wait for next watchOS release

When the next commercial version of watchOS is released, it will automatically install if you have Automatic Software Update turned on. Or, you can manually check for updates by going to the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone, tapping the My Watch tab, then going to General > Software Update.

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How do I leave the program?

To leave the Apple Beta Software Program, you must first sign in, then click the Leave Program link. If you leave, you will stop receiving emails about the Apple Beta Software Program and will no longer be able to submit feedback with Feedback Assistant.