How to update Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches on the market. Its ease of use, built-in Siri functionality, and always-on display make it great whether you’re looking for a smart fitness watch or just an everyday watch.

Thankfully, updating the Apple Watch doesn’t have to be a complicated process. The app will prompt you to update in most cases. If you dismissed the warning and ignored the update — or you just want to know how to update your Apple Watch manually — here’s how to update your Apple Watch.

You should check your compatibility first. You’ll need an iPhone 6s or later running iOS 13. If your phone doesn’t, you’ll need to update your device.

Prepare your device and start updating

Your Apple Watch will need to be charged at least 50% before you can perform the update. It will also need to be near your iPhone, and your iPhone needs to be connected to Wi-Fi.

Updating your Apple Watch can take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour, so it’s best to do the update at night. While it’s not strictly required, it’s better to update your Apple Watch when it’s connected to a power source. Finally, you’ll need to install the Apple Watch app on your device.

When an update is available, your iPhone will usually notify you via push notification. If not, you can check for updates manually.

First, open the Apple Watch app and then scroll down to the General tab. Open it and press Software updates. If an update is available, it will usually show first surrounded by a red circle.

Software update indicated in General Settings

If your Apple Watch is near your phone, this will initiate an update. You may be prompted to enter your passcode; if so, enter it. You can track update progress with the spinning wheel on your Apple Watch.

During this time, do not exit the Watch app, restart your phone, or power off your Apple Watch. If you do, it will stop updating and may lead to glitches.

When the update is complete, your Apple Watch will automatically restart.

Update Apple Watch without your iPhone

The most recent Apple Watch models can update without connecting to your iPhone. As long as you’ve updated your Apple Watch to iOS 6, you’ll be able to update by connecting your Watch directly to Wi-Fi.

Once you’ve done this, open Setting app in Watches. Clap Shared And after that Software updates, just like you would on an iPhone. From there, the on-screen instructions will appear. Follow them to complete the update.

Software update in Watch shows it is up to date

Possible problems when updating your Apple Watch

While the Apple Watch is easy to use, there are some problems you may encounter while using it. Thankfully, the fixes are equally quick. Here’s how to handle them.

If your Apple Watch terrifies you No iPhone , the simplest solution is to unpair the two devices and re-pair them. Restart both your Apple Watch and your iPhone, then tell the phone to “forget” your Watch. Repeat the initial pairing process. Doing this will delete No iPhone error.

If your Apple Watch refuses to update, restart your Watch and try updating again. If that doesn’t work, open the Apple Watch app on your phone, navigate to My watches section, press Shared, UsingAnd after that Software updates. Delete the most recent update and then try to download it again.

That’s all it takes to update your Apple Watch. The process is simple, which is part of the appeal of the Apple Watch over other smartwatches. Anyone can pick it up and use it whether they’re technically inclined or not.

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