Apple watchOS 9 is now available, and it includes new running metrics, refreshed watch faces, an AFib History tool, sleep-tracking data, and a medication management app for Apple Watch. These enhancements and more are coming to existing Apple Watch models, which means that current users will be able to take advantage of many of the same features that we expect to see on the rumoured Apple Watch 8.
Apple watchOS 9 Eligible Devices and Installation Guide:
WatchOS 9 isn’t going to be available to every Apple Watch that was running watchOS 8 in the fall. The following is a complete list of all Apple Watch models that may be updated:
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch SE
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 7
WatchOS 9 beta is now available for registered developers to download. Those who want to try out the beta builds but don’t want to pay for the developer programme can sign up for the free public beta in July. Users can expect this update in the fall of 2022, possibly around mid-September, when Apple fixes the key flaws and smooths out the performance.
When you’re ready to upgrade your Apple Watch, follow these instructions to install the iOS beta on your iPhone. Keep in mind that once you’ve installed the watchOS 9 beta, you won’t be able to go back to watchOS 8 without going to the Apple Store. By waiting for the final watchOS 9 version later this year, you can upgrade to the stable build.
Step 1: Go to Apple Developer > Develop > Downloads and select watchOS beta from the ‘Install Profile’ drop-down menu. It’s always faster to download it directly to your iPhone, but you can also do it from a PC and email it to yourself, like you did with the iOS beta.
Note: You can join the public beta programme in July if you don’t want to pay for Apple’s Developer programme.
Step 2: Put the profile in place. The procedure is largely the same as it was for the iOS beta, with the exception that it will be done through the Watch app rather than Settings.
Step 3: When prompted, reboot your Apple Watch after it has been installed.
Step 4: Go to General > Software Update in the Watch app. You can get the most recent beta build for your watch there.