Downgrade tvOS 14 beta: this is how you revert Apple TV to tvOS 13

Have you installed the tvOS 14 beta but want to switch back to tvOS 13? Then in some cases it is possible to downgrade again. That is how it works.

Downgrade tvOS 14 beta: This is how it works

Installing a beta version for tvOS always carries risks. Betas still contain some bugs and other teething problems. It is also not always possible to go back to the older official version, but in some cases it is.

If you have a MacBook running macOS Catalina or newer, it is possible to downgrade from the test version of tvOS 14 to tvOS 13. This only works if you have Apple TV HD. It goes like this:

  1. Download the latest public version of tvOS 13;
  2. Save the file to your Mac’s desktop;
  3. Open Finder and select Apple TV under ‘Locations’;
  4. Click ‘Restore Apple TV’ and at the same time hold down the ‘Option’ key;
  5. Then select the tvOS 13 file you just downloaded.

tvos-14 downgradeFrom here you can start the installation of tvOS. Once it is complete, it will ask you to reset your Apple TV. Once you’ve done this, disconnect the Apple TV from your MacBook. Your Apple TV is now running on tvOS 13 again.

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If you have an Apple TV 4K, it is unfortunately not possible to downgrade to an earlier version of tvOS. Apple TV 4K does not have a USB-C port that is required to connect it to a MacBook. Apple also does not offer a wireless recovery option for the most recent public beta of tvOS.

More about Apple TV

On iPhone , we regularly share tips and special news about Apple TV. For example, we explain how you can stream your iPad to TV. In tvOS 14 you can do even more with your Apple TV, especially when it comes to HomeKit.

You can check smart devices that are linked with HomeKit on your TV. If you have a smart doorbell, for example, a screen will appear on your TV where you can see live who is ringing the doorbell. In addition, tvOS 14 adds a Picture in Picture mode.

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