Update (26 Jul 2017):
This how-to article should also work with the latest tvOS 11 beta versions.
I recently installed the public iOS 10 beta to try all of these fancy new features. Unfortunately I had to find out that remote controlling my homekit devices stopped working. Normally Apple TV acts like a hub for it when I’m on the way. After googling I found out that iOS 10 homekit handling was overhauled and requires an iPad or Apple TV with the latest beta installed to get it working again. Poison for the impatient … so I had to install the latest beta of tvOS 10 on my Apple TV 4.
Unfortunately with the revamped port configuration of the forth generation, Apple introduced a USB-C port. That’s really unusual because the only other Apple device that also uses this port is the 12 inch MacBook. The USB-C port isn’t even used for power-supply on the Apple TV.
Luckily there is a nifty solution to install the developer profile and update the latest tvOS beta over the air.
You cannot restore / downgrade to tvOS 9 without an USB-C cable! But the risk is very low, a USB-C adapter costs around 5 bucks, but be warned!
This short installation guide shows you how to install tvOS beta on your AppleTV without a USB-C cable:
What you need:
- an Apple Developer account to get access to the tvOS beta profile
- a cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive that has an iOS app and supports download links
- an iOS device with the Apple Remote-App installed and paired with your Apple TV
1. On your mac, download the latest tvOS 10 beta profile from the Apple Developer Site. Store the downloaded profile in your Dropbox / Google Drive cloud storage.
2. On your iOS device, open the Dropbox / Google Drive app and generate a download link for the profile. Normally the link will be automatically in your iOS clipboard.
3. On the Apple TV, go to Settings → General → Privacy → Send to Apple. Now press the play button on your remote, select Add Profile and press OK. Completely delete the displayed URL.
4. Back on your iOS device, launch the Remote-App and connect to your Apple TV. Paste the download link from step 2 in the input field. (If you use Dropbox, replace the trailing 0 with a 1. Otherwise it won’t work, because of Dropbox’s proxy download page.) Confirm the input.
5. Your Apple TV now installs the profile. If it takes longer than 5 mins. press the back button on your Apple TV remote. The profile should be installed anyway. Your Apple TV will request a restart, if not restart it manually.
6. After restart, go to Settings → System → Software Update and install the update.
Enjoy tvOS 10 beta.
This is just a workaround for impatient geeks like me that don’t want to wait for the USB-C adapter shipping. I recommend to buy a USB-C adapter for easier future updates, resets and tvOS app development.