Frequently Asked Questions
What is the OS X Beta Program?
The OS X Beta Program allows users to try out pre-release versions of OS X. Help Apple Make OS X even better by letting us know of any quality and usability issues you encounter. Please note that since pre-release software or 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 computer using Time Machine before installing this pre-release software and install it only on non-production or machines that are not business critical.
Who can participate?
The OS X Beta Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the OS X Beta Program Agreement during the sign-up process.
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. There is no compensation for your participation.
What's the difference between this program and the Mac Developer Program?
The OS X Beta Program is a program to collect feedback about pre-release software. The Mac Developer Program is a program for developers to test and build applications for OS X. There is no guarantee that participants in the OS X Beta Program will be given access to the same updates of OS X that the Mac Developer Program receives. If you are a developer writing an app for OS X, you will benefit from the additional resources available through the Mac Developer Program.
Is the pre-release software I am installing confidential?
Yes, the pre-release software is Apple confidential information. For example, don’t install the pre-release Apple 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 pre-release Apple software, and don't discuss the pre-release Apple software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the OS X Beta Program. For clarity, if Apple has publicly disclosed technical information about the pre-release software then it is no longer considered confidential.
Support and Feedback
Will installing the pre-release software from the OS X Beta Program void my hardware warranty?
No, installing the beta software does not void your hardware warranty.
How do I get a shipping version of OS X back on my Mac?
Always back up your computer before installing pre-release software. To get a shipping release of OS X on your Mac, you can simply install the final version of the software you are testing when it appears in Software Update. If you would like to go back to a previously released version, you must first erase the beta software, then re-install the latest shipping version of OS X, and finally restore from your Time Machine backup.
How do I provide feedback to Apple on the Beta software?
How do I leave the OS X Beta Program?
To leave the program, visit the Leave Program page and follow the instructions to remove your Apple ID from the OS X Beta Program.
How do I sign in?
You will need to have an Apple ID to register and sign up for the OS X Beta Program. If you do not have an Apple ID, you can create one now.
What is an Apple ID?
An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple: shop the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on all your devices, buy from the Apple Online Store, make a reservation at an Apple Retail Store, access the Apple Support website, and more. You can find out more and information and may keep your contact information up-to-date by visiting https://appleid.apple.com.
How do I change my Apple ID password or contact information?
How do I make sure that the OS X Beta Program is aware of my contact information changes at appleid.apple.com?