Earlier this week, Apple released the first public beta versions of iOS 12, tvOS 12 and macOS Mojave 10.14 to users. If you have updated your Apple TV to test some of the new features of the new system and, for whatever reason, want to return to the stable version of tvOS, follow this tutorial.
Delete tvOS Beta Software Profile
Before starting the downgrade, cancel the notification option and automatic update installation of tvOS 12 beta versions. To do this, on Apple TV, go to Software Update System Settings and disable the option ?Receive Beta Updates?.
If you want to go further and really want to leave the Apple Beta Software Program, you need to log in with your Apple ID and click on the option "Leave Program". This way, you will no longer receive emails about Ma's program and will no longer be able to send comments or feedbacks about the systems under development.
How to restore the fourth generation Apple TV
To restore the fourth generation Apple TV and return to tvOS 11, be sure to use a computer with the latest version of iTunes installed and an internet connection. Also, use a USB-C cable.
- Disconnect the power cable and the HDMI cable from the Apple TV;
- Open iTunes on your computer;
- Connect the USB-C cable to the back of the Apple TV and the computer;
- Connect to Apple TV power supply;
- Access the ?Apple TV Summary? in iTunes. If the page does not appear, click ;
- Click "Restore Apple TV". While the process is running, do not disconnect the device from the power source and wait for the restoration to finish;
- When Apple TV completes the restoration, disconnect the power cord and the USB-C cable. Then, reconnect the HDMI cable and the Apple TV power cable.
If Apple TV does not appear in iTunes or the restore error 1603 or 1611 is displayed, make sure you are using a USB-C cable that supports data transfer. Other accessories may not transmit data and are compatible with specific products.
How to restore Apple TV 4K
Well, if you have an Apple TV 4K, the story is another. This is because there is no USB-C port on it therefore, it is not possible to restore the device as described above. Therefore, you will basically have to live with tvOS 12 until it is actually released by Apple. When that happens, just go on Software Update System Settings and download the released version if you have activated the automatic update option, the latest version released by Apple will be installed automatically.
According to a customer who contacted Apple support, the company simply offers no way for the user to restore the device itself. Asked what to do if an Apple TV 4K out of warranty has a problem during a software update (it is stuck and shows the symbol ), the company's support said that just take Apple TV to an Apple store or an Authorized Service Center and the product will be exchanged (yes, even outside the warranty). ?
What a blunder to remove this USB-C port from the new model, huh