It's important to keep your Apple Watch up to date. Software updates have all the latest bug fixes and security enhancements. Updating your Apple Watch will ensure that your device will last long as well.
Moreover, some watchOS updates are required in order for your Apple Watch data to be continuously synced to your iPhone.
Before you begin updating your Apple Watch, you have to make sure that it is compatible with the latest software. The watchOS 7 is compatible with Apple Watch Series and later, and Apple Watch SE.
Another thing you have to make sure is that your Apple Watch should be at least 50 percent charged. After all, you don't want your Apple Watch to shut down while the update is still ongoing.
You should also keep your iPhone next to your Apple Watch. This is so that they are in range.
Keep in mind that it could take from several minutes to an hour for the update to complete. So you might want to update overnight or wait until you have the time to do it.
How to Update Your Apple Watch
Your Apple Watch will notify you when there's a new update available. If you want to update overnight, you just tap Update Tonight in the notification. Then, go to your iPhone to confirm.
At the end of the day, you can leave your Apple Watch and iPhone charging overnight so the update can complete. If you want to check for updates manually, you can follow these steps:
- First, keep your Apple Watch on its charger until the update completes.
- Next, open the Watch app on your iPhone. Then, tap the My Watch tab.
- Tap General > Software Update. Then, download the update. If it asks for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, you should enter it.
- After that, wait for the progress wheel to appear on your Apple Watch. As previously mentioned, it could take several minutes or an hour for the update to complete.
Keep in mind that you have to leave your Apple Watch on its charger while the update completes. Wondering what will happen if you remove your Apple Watch charger while updating? According to Apple, your Apple Watch should not be removed from the charger until the software update has completed.
In such a situation, your Apple Watch might be displaying a red exclamation mark. What you need to do is to contact Apple Support. You could also make a Genius Bar reservation. Or you could visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange for your Apple Watch to be serviced.
Another thing you should remember is to not restart your iPhone or Apple Watch while your wearable is still in the updating process. You should also not quit the Watch app. Take note that when the update completes, your Apple Watch restarts on its own.
Does your Apple Watch have watchOS 6 or later? If it does, you can install subsequent updates without using your iPhone. Here's how:
- First, make sure that your Apple Watch is connected to WiFi.
- Next, open the Setting app on your Apple Watch. Then, tap General > Software Update.
- If the software update is available, tap Install. After that, you only need to follow the onscreen instructions.
What to Do if Your Apple Watch Won't Update
There are several reasons why your Apple Watch update won't install. Or perhaps the update is running very slowly and taking a long time. Here's how you can speed up the process:
- Check your connection. Is your internet connection running slowly? Then the update can take longer to download. To speed it up, you need to stop any downloads running on other devices on the network.
- Switch off Bluetooth. Switching off Bluetooth on your iPhone can actually potentially increase the speeds of the update and data transfer.
How about if your Apple Watch update won't initiate? Or is it stuck partway through? What should you do?
- Connect your Apple Watch to its charger. You see, your Apple Watch needs to be charged sufficiently to be able to accept an update. As previously mentioned, you need to leave your Apple Watch on its charger while the update completes.
- Check your connections. You should check if your Apple Watch is connected to the WiFi network to complete the update. Do the same for your iPhone as well.
- Restart your Apple Watch. If the update won't begin, you should try restarting your Apple Watch. This is so you can force the update.
However, remember that you should never force a restart if your Apple Watch is midway through an update. After you see the Apple logo and progress on your Apple Watch, you should leave your device alone. And it should be on its charger until the update finishes.
Keep in mind that you should force restart your Apple Watch as a last resort. And only if your device is not responding.
To force restart, you just need to press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds. Then, release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.
- Check that you have enough space. Make sure that your Apple Watch has enough space to be able to download the update. If you don't, you might want to remove some apps and files.
- Delete the update file. To delete the update file, just open the Watch app on your iPhone. Then, tap General > Usage > Software Update, and delete the update file. After that, try to download and install the watchOS again.
- Unpair and resync your Apple Watch. If all else fails, you need to unpair and resync your Apple Watch and iPhone.
To unpair, first you have to open the Watch app on your iPhone. While you are in the My Watch tab, tap on All Watches, which you can find at the top of the screen. Then, tap on the info icon next to the watch you wish to unpair. After that, select Unpair Apple Watch, and tap Unpair [Name's] Apple Watch to unpair.