Apple Watch update: This is how it works & you can do that in case of problems

Apple Watch update: This is how it works & you can do that in case of problems

Like all Apple devices, the Apple Watch is regularly supplied with updates by the manufacturer. Here you can find out how the software update works and what you can do if the update fails.

Why is an Apple Watch update important?

A regular software update of the Apple Watch is necessary so that the Smartwatch has the latest error corrections and security improvements. In addition, with some iOS updates, the watchOS version on the Apple Watch may also have to be updated. That means a new version of the smartwatch operating system with fresh functions.

How does an Apple Watch update appear?

If your iPhone says "Your Apple Watch software is out of date", you should update to the latest version of watchOS. Then your data, including activity data, will continue to be synced with your iPhone.

Prepare Apple Watch for update

Before a software update, you should first make sure that your Apple Watch is compatible with the latest software: watchOS 7 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 and newer and Apple Watch SE. Upgrading to watchOS 7 requires an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14 or later.

Once this question has been answered, check the following points:

  1. Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS.
  2. Make sure the Apple Watch is charged at least 50 percent.
  3. Connect your iPhone to the WiFi.
  4. Make sure the Apple Watch and iPhone are within range of each other.
  5. It can take several minutes to an hour for the update to complete. You may therefore want to carry out the update at night or at a later time.
iPhone and Apple Watch

An update of watchOS can be initiated directly on the Apple Watch or via iPhone. Image: © Adobe Stock / Halfpoint 2021

Carry out an update via iPhone

When an update is available for the Apple Watch, you will be informed by the Smartwatch. On the notification, tap Update Tonight, then switch to iPhone to confirm that you want to update at night. At the end of the day, you'll need to plug the Apple Watch into the charging station for the update to complete.

To manually check for updates, do the following:

  1. Keep Apple Watch connected to the charger until the update is complete.
  2. Open the Watch app on the iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap General> Software Update.
  4. Download the update. Enter your iPhone and Apple Watch passcode when prompted.
  5. Wait for the progress wheel to appear on Apple Watch. It can take several minutes to an hour for the update to complete.
  6. Keep Apple Watch connected to the charger while the update is in progress. Do not restart your iPhone or Apple Watch or exit the Watch app.
  7. After the update is complete, the Apple Watch will restart by itself.

Perform the update via Apple Watch

Alternatively, you can go through the update procedure directly on the Apple Watch if the Smartwatch is running with watchOS 6 or later. To do this, you have to proceed as follows:

  1. Make sure the Apple Watch is connected to Wi-Fi.
  2. Open the "Settings" app on the watch.
  3. Tap General> Software Update.
  4. If a software update is available, tap Install, then follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Keep Apple Watch connected to the charger while the update is in progress. Do not restart the smartwatch or exit the watch app.
  6. After the update is complete, the Apple Watch will restart by itself.

What to do if the update cannot be installed

If an Apple Watch update fails, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Restart: Restart your Apple Watch (press and hold the side button and Digital Crown simultaneously for 10 seconds). Also restart your iPhone. Then try to install the update again.
  2. Remove update file: If the update does not start, open the watch app on the iPhone and go to "General> Usage> Software update". Delete the update file. After deleting the file, try reloading and installing watchOS.
  3. Remove media and apps: First, try to free up space on Apple Watch by removing any music or photos that have been synced to the watch. Then try to install the watchOS update. If there is still insufficient memory, remove some apps to make more space. You can check how much memory is free by opening the Settings app on the watch and then tapping General> Usage.
  4. Unpair and update Apple Watch: To unpair Apple Watch and iPhone, the two devices must be close to each other. Open the Watch app on the iPhone and go to "My Watch> All Apple Watches> i-Symbol> Unpair Apple Watch". After confirming and entering the password, the Apple Watch is decoupled. Then reconnect the smartwatch to the iPhone and perform the update.

Summary

  1. Apple Watch updates fix problems, and watchOS updates also add new features.
  2. The message "Your Apple Watch software is no longer up-to-date" indicates that there is a new update.
  3. You can perform the update via Apple Watch or via the paired iPhone.
  4. If you have any problems, you will find out about possible solutions above.

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