How to download WatchOS 8 to your Apple Watch

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Apple’s WatchOS 8 is now available. The new operating system was first shown off at WWDC in June, and it was made available to all Apple Watch owners on September 20. You know you want to put it in, so we’ll show you how to do it right here.

Compatible devices

WatchOS 8 is compatible with all Apple Watch models that were supported by its predecessor last year. Even the older Series 3 uses the most recent operating system. An iPhone 6s or later running iOS 15 or later is required for WatchOS 8. WatchOS 8 is compatible with the following Apple Watch models:

  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch SE

Remove beta software first (if you installed it)

Skip to the following section if you didn’t use the public beta. Make sure you uninstall the public beta version of WatchOS 8 before installing the final version. Follow these steps to view and remove the WatchOS beta profile.

1 On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.

2 Go to My Watch > General > Profiles.

3 Tap Delete Profile on the beta profile you want to delete.

4 If necessary, enter your iPhone passcode.

5 On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management.

6 Tap Delete profile on the beta profile you want to delete.

7 If necessary, enter your iPhone passcode.

8 Restart both devices after removing the profiles and look for a software update.

9 Using your iPhone, upgrade to WatchOS 8

Update to WatchOS 8 via your iPhone

Here are all the steps you need to do to get WatchOS 8 on your wrist, whether you’re a seasoned Apple Watch user or this is your first time. Start your engines after making sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are charged, paired, and close to each other. Starting with the Watch app on your iPhone, the process is nearly comparable to previous years.

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You must have your Apple Watch on its charger to install the update. Next, make sure your Watch and iPhone are both connected to Wi-Fi and in range of one another. Finally, in order for the installation to work, your Apple Watch must be charged to at least 50% capacity.

1 On your iPhone, open the Watch app.

2 At the bottom of the screen, tap the My Watch tab.

3 Select General.

4 At the top of the screen, tap Software Update.

5 Select Download and Install from the drop-down menu.

6 To complete the process, follow the on-screen directions.

The watch will reboot and be available to use after the update has been installed.

Update to WatchOS 8 directly on your Watch

You can install updates directly on your Apple Watch if it’s running WatchOS 6 or later, rather than going through your iPhone. Here’s how to do it.

1 Make sure your watch is linked to the internet via Wi-Fi.

2 On your watch, open the Settings app.

3 Select General > Software Update from the drop-down menu.

4 If a software update is available, tap Install and then follow the on-screen instructions.

5 When the update is complete, the watch will restart.

Why upgrade to WatchOS 8?

If the program is compatible with your device, it’s always a good idea to upgrade to the latest version. WatchOS 8 is compatible with Apple Watch 3 and later. While the update isn’t groundbreaking, it does include some interesting new features for Photos, the Home app, Messages, and more.

Use Photos Portrait mode on your watch face with WatchOS 8, which provides a new layering look that interacts with the time. Memories may also be used to examine photo highlights in the same way that an iPhone or iPad can. When you watch Memories, a new grid appears with the photographs in a mosaic layout.

When editing messages or emails in WatchOS 8, you can use the Digital Crown to scroll to a single letter or phrase. In Messages and Mail, photo support is now built-in, and you may write messages using dictation, scribble, and emoji.

The Home app has been revamped to make controlling your home’s lighting even easier. Based on the time of day, your watch learns how you use your lights and places them on your wrist. If your connected doorbell rings, your watch can unlock the door or turn on the entry lights. It also allows you to watch, control, and communicate with video cameras that are supported.

The Breathe app has been renamed Mindfulness and has been updated with additional visualizations and advice to help you focus and center yourself.

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