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How to subscribe to the Beta channel
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Shift has three separate channels: Alpha, Beta, and Stable. By default, everyone starts in the Stable channel. As the name indicates, it's the most "stable" version of the product. If you are looking for the cleanest experience, Stable is the channel for you.

You can move amoung channels as much as you want! We recommend having all computers on the same channel, however. Learn how to switch back to Beta or Stable from Alpha here.


If you're keen to get access to newer features and the latest bug fixes you can subscribe to our Beta channel. The Beta channel contains our middle range of power users with access to features and fixes before they make their way into Stable. Beta is a bit experimental in nature than the Stable channel, so it's common to find a few more issues. Overall, the Beta channel is still a safe environment to be in, as long as you have the patience to put up with a few more potential bugs! 🐛🐞

When you subscribe to Beta, you'll also get access to our exclusive Beta Release Notes emails!


How to Switch to the Beta Channel

  1. Go to Options (lower left) > Settings > General > Support and Updates
  2. Click Beta on the right-hand side and accept any notices
  3. A prompt will appear after a minute or two to let you know a new version is available. Accept the upgrade prompt
  4. Allow Shift to reload and you will be on the Beta channel interacting with new features and updates

Any features and fixes available in the Beta channel will soon be available on the Stable channel, once we've had a few weeks to test and verify there are no outstanding issues



What's next?

Check out more articles on using Shift here.

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