Help shape OS X Yosemite.
Sign up for the Beta Program.
Join the OS X Beta Program and help make the next release of OS X the best yet. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback. The program is limited to the first one million people who sign up, so join today.
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What is the OS X Beta Program?
OS X Yosemite will be available this fall. The OS X Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. Your comments will help us make OS X better for all Mac users. Sign up today, and the beta software will be available for you to install soon.
How can I participate?
To join the OS X Beta Program, just sign up using your Apple ID. When the beta software is ready, you’ll receive a redemption code that will allow you to download and install OS X Yosemite Beta from the Mac App Store. Then go ahead and start using it. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, report it directly to Apple with the built-in Feedback Assistant application.
What else do I need to know about using OS X Yosemite Beta?
Be sure that your Mac is running OS X Mavericks. If you don’t have OS X Mavericks, you can download it free from the Mac App Store. We recommend installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac, since it may contain errors or inaccuracies.
Please be sure to backup your Mac using Time Machine before you install the beta.
Since the beta software is unfinished, some new features will not be available, such as phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud Drive. Spotlight suggestions are U.S.-based only. Some applications and services may not work properly with the beta software. If you are using iCloud Documents on Mavericks and you are also a member of the iOS Developer program, your documents will not sync across your other Macs and iOS devices.
What is the OS X Beta Program?
The OS X Beta Program allows users to try out pre-release versions of OS X. Help Make OS X even better by letting Apple 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 business critical machines.
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.
What if I have problems running the pre-release software?
Always back up your computer before installing pre-release software. If you need help returning your Mac to a shipping version of OS X and restoring from your Time Machine back up, you can call AppleCare to speak to a support specialist, or reference online documentation. If you wish to return to a shipping version of OS X, we recommended that you wait until the final version of OS X Yosemite is available. OS X Yosemite is coming this Fall, and it will be a free upgrade that you can install over your current installation. If you must remove the beta software from your computer, you will need to erase, install, and restore the Time Machine backup of Mavericks that you created before you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta. Any changes to your files and documents since you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta will not be preserved when restoring your Mavericks backup, so be sure to copy any new or changed files before you begin restoring from your Mavericks backup.
- Learn more about how to erase and install OS X
- Learn more about restoring from a Time Machine backup
How do I provide feedback to Apple on the Beta software?
Once you have installed pre-release software on your Mac, you can report issues to Apple using the Feedback Assistant, which will be located in your Dock.
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. If you wish to return to a shipping version of OS X, we recommended that you wait until the final version of OS X Yosemite is available. OS X Yosemite is coming this Fall, and it will be a free upgrade that you can install over your current installation. If you must remove the beta software from your computer, you will need to erase, install, and restore the Time Machine backup of Mavericks that you created before you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta. Any changes to your files and documents since you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta will not be preserved when restoring your Mavericks backup, so be sure to copy any new or changed files before you begin restoring from your Mavericks backup.
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?
This information is managed by you at https://appleid.apple.com.
How do I make sure that the OS X Beta Program is aware of my contact information changes at appleid.apple.com?
The OS X Beta Program uses the contact information you associate with your Apple ID. You may keep your contact information up-to-date by visiting https://appleid.apple.com.