How to download tvOS 17.1 right now for your Apple TV 4K

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- iOS 17.1 
- macOS 14. 
- iPadOS 17.1
- watchOS 10.1

Unlike what many may expect from an OS focused purely on one thing, Apple's tvOS 17, which launched earlier this year, was a pretty significant update. Now, with the introduction of tvOS 17.1, it has just gotten even better. 

Apple let developers and some members of the public try the betas ahead of time and this allowed the Apple team to take feedback and improve the service. It means if you use it today, it has been worked on and improved heavily over time.

If you have recently updated to tvOS 17 and want to get the latest version of the software, here's how to download tvOS 17.1.

How to download and update tvOS 17.1

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  • Open Settings on your Apple TV
  • Select System then Software Updates
  • Update your tvOS software

It's that simple. The public launch is finally here so you don't have to go into any betas to test it all out. Just download it and get watching. 

If you already have it and don't know why, there's a chance it automatically happened over night to save you the trouble of manually downloading tvOS 17.1

The next step in tvOS

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Though tvOS 17.1 is just an addition to the normal tvOS 17, the update adds to it in valuable ways. Bringing FaceTime to tvOS 17 brings a long-requested feature to your TV and it's an exciting step for a product that doesn't always get the love it deserves.

Not only did FaceTime make tvOS 17 one of the biggest software updates to Apple TV in years, but there's also third-party VPN support which enables developers to create VPN apps for Apple TV. 

You can try FaceTime on tvOS 17 today and it has only gotten better since launch. Hopefully, the next major update will be just as big.

If you're looking for more from Apple, here's what we know about Apple VR, iOS 17.1, macOS 14.1, iPadOS 17.1, and watchOS 10.1 so far.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.