How to download tvOS 17 developer beta 1 - even if you're not a developer

tvOS 17
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WWDC 2023 SO FAR...

tvOS 17 was just announced at WWDC 2023, and Apple has revealed some exciting changes to your home entertainment box, including FaceTime.

If you're a developer, you know it's time to get tvOS 17 onto your test devices so you can bring your apps up to speed with Apple's latest Apple TV software.

Here's how to download and install tvOS 17 developer beta 1.

Download tvOS 17 developer beta 1 using the configuration profile

Beta software, also referred to as a preview, seed, or release candidate, is a version of software that’s still under development and not yet released to the public. This software is intended only for installation on development devices registered under your Apple Developer Program membership. Registered development devices can be upgraded to future beta releases and the public version of the software. Attempting to install beta software in an unauthorized manner violates Apple policy and could render your device unusable and necessitate an out-of-warranty repair. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software and install only on devices and systems that you’re prepared to erase if necessary.

Apple TV Facetime tvOS 17

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  • Open Settings on your Apple TV
  • Select System then Software Updates
  • Choose Beta Updates then tvOS 17 developer beta

It's that simple. You no longer need to use xCode or any other external software to update your Apple TV to the newest tvOS developer beta, and you don't need to be a developer either.

Apple developer beta requirements

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The next step in tvOS

Apple TV Facetime tvOS 17

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Adding FaceTime to tvOS 17, brings a long-requested feature to your TV and it's an exciting step for a product that doesn't always get the love it deserves.

Not only will FaceTime make tvOS 17 one of the biggest software updates to Apple TV in years, but there's also Third-party VPN support which enables developers to create VPN apps for Apple TV. 

You can try FaceTime on tvOS 17 today, but we suggest not installing the developer beta on your daily driver.

We're covering all the WWDC 2023 announcements live and as they happen. Don't miss all our Apple VR, iOS 17, macOS 14, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10 news so far.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.