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How to download and install watchOS 7 on your Apple Watch

Apple released the watchOS 6 back in September last year. It added major new features and improvements like new apps, cycle tracking, Siri improvements, Activity Trends and App Store. Fast forward to June 2020, the company released watchOS 6.25 earlier this month. It brought several bug fixes found in previous versions of watchOS. Let’s dive deep into how you can download watchOS 6.25 on your Apple Watch.

How to download and install watchOS 6

  • First things first, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 13 or later. Also, charge your Apple Watch to at least 50%.
  • Make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Launch the Watch app.
  • Tap on My Watch tab.
  • Go to General > Software Update.
  • Now, tap on Download and Install.
  • If prompted, enter your iPhone Passcode.
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Go to your watch and tap Proceed to begin download.
  • Enter your Passcode on the Apple Watch.

The watchOS will download and your Apple Watch will reboot to apply the update. You can follow the progress on the Apple Watch screen. Done! You are all set.

Update to watchOS 7 instead?

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There’s a newer version for the update out there. At WWDC 2020, Apple took the stage to announce the watchOS 7. It introduced new re-designed watch faces, better performance in Maps, and the Workout app, which now includes Dance workout.

Further, the Activity app is also getting a new name – it will now be known as the Fitness app. As if that’s not compelling enough for you to update to the latest version – which is by the way, in developer beta – watchOS 7 also brings sleep tracking.

The new OS is coming this fall. However, developers can now download the watchOS 7 beta to test it out. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get to test it for yourself right now. All you need to do is install a certificate on your Apple Watch. Moreover, you’ll need to run iOS 14 on your iPhone.

A NOTE OF CAUTION: It goes without saying that a beta build is primarily intended for developers. It also comes with bugs that can prevent the normal use of your Watch. Hence, these updates are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we recommend you to stay away from developer previews unless you have a spare device or need them for software development. Use the developer beta with caution.

How to download and install watchOS 7 Beta certificate

  • Go to developer.apple.com and log-in on the iPhone paired with your Apple Watch.
  • Tap on Discover > watchOS > Download.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID when prompted.
  • Tap Install Profile next to watchOS 7 Beta.
  • Tap on Allow for the prompt asking permission to install a profile.
  • Enter your Passcode if prompted.
  • Tap on Install to confirm.
  • Tap on Restart to reboot your Apple Watch.

Once rebooted, your Apple Watch goes back to normal.

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