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How To Download The New Public Betas Of watchOS 9

Apple Watch users can beta-test new features on the Apple Watch.

watchOS 9 is here, but the software updates and new versions need to be tested. So, Apple has released a beta version of the OS to developers, allowing them to test this system. You can technically get in on this beta, but if you want to use beta software always, You may need to wait until the undoubtedly more stable public beta is available.

If you’re going to download the developer beta (and are aware of the risks) of watchOS 9, here’s how to do it.

Apple occasionally provides updates for iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas(opens in a new tab). While beta builds contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that may prevent normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on major devices. That’s why we strongly recommend that you stay away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and use public betas sparingly. If you depend on your device, please wait for the final version.

WHAT’S NEW IN watchOS 9?

June 6, 2022: the first developer beta of watchOS 9

As expected, Apple announced watchOS 9 at WWDC 2022. While the software won’t officially be available to the public on all the best Apple Watches until later this year (likely in the fall), the developer beta should be available for download shortly after the keynote.

June 22, 2022: the second developer beta of watchOS 9

As expected, Apple announced watchOS 9 at WWDC 2022. Although the software won’t be officially available to the general public on all of the best Apple Watches until sometime later this year — likely in the fall — the developer beta should be available for download sometime soon after the keynote has ended.

July 6, 2022: the third developer beta of watchOS 9

While the software won’t officially be available to the public on all the best Apple Watches until later this year (likely in the fall), developers now have access to the third developer beta of watchOS 9.

July 28, 2022: the fourth developer beta of watchOS 9

Apple just released the fourth developer beta of watchOS 9. If you have a registered developer account, you can download the update as usual. This update contains bug fixes and other improvements.

August 8, 2022: the fifth developer beta of watchOS 9

It’s been just over a week since the last developer beta release, but watchOS 9 beta 5 is available to download for all users with a developer account.

August 15, 2022: the sixth developer beta of watchOS 9 

Apple just released the sixth developer beta of watchOS 9. If you have a registered developer account, you can download the update as usual. This update contains bug fixes and other improvements.

August 23, 2022: Apple seeds the watchOS 9 beta 7 for developers

Apple just released the seventh developer beta of watchOS 9. If you have a registered developer account, you can download the update as usual. This update contains bug fixes and other improvements.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD

Note: Make sure you’re running the developer beta for iOS 16 on your iPhone before trying to install the watchOS 9 beta on a watch like Apple Watch Series 7.

  1. Log into developer.apple.com on the iPhone paired with your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Discover.
  3. Tap watchOS.
  4. Tap Download.
  5. Sign in with your Apple ID if prompted.
  6. Tap Install Profile next to watchOS 9 Beta.
  7. Tap Allow on the prompt asking for permission to install a profile.
  8. Tap on Install begin.
  9. Enter your Passcode if prompted to do so.
  10. Tap on Install to confirm.
  11. Tap on Restart to reboot your Apple Watch.

Once your Apple Watch has rebooted the installation process goes back to normal.

HOW TO INSTALL IT USING YOUR IPHONE

This certificate tells the Watch app on the iPhone that watchOS beta is available. Once the Watch app detects an update, the process for installing it is the same as for any other watchOS update, as detailed below (if the beta version doesn’t show up, restart).

  1. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the Apple Watch app.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on General.
  4. Tap on Software Update.
  1. Tap on Download and Install.
  2. Enter your iPhone Passcode.
  3. Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  1. Make sure your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connect it to the magnetic charger.
  2. Tap Install on your iPhone and/or your Apple Watch.

The watchOS update will download and transfer to your Apple Watch and Apple Watch will reboot to apply the update. You can follow the progress on the Apple Watch screen, and once it’s done, you’ll be all set.

If the watchOS update fails during the verification phase, please try again. If it fails repeatedly, unpair and re-pair your Apple Watch and try again (the un-pairing and re-pairing process will take a while, so make sure it’s really not working for you before you’re done).

HOW TO INSTALL IT USING YOUR APPLE WATCH

Starting with watchOS 6, Apple added the ability to update your Apple Watch through the Settings app on the Apple Watch itself. While the process isn’t completely iPhone-free yet, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it become so over the course of this beta cycle. Here’s how, as of right now, you can update your Apple Watch through the watch itself.

  1. Open Settings on your Apple Watch, either by using Siri or your app list.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. Tap OK.
  6. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  7. Agree to the Terms & Conditions while still on your iPhone.
  8. On your Apple Watch, tap Download & Install.

Your Apple Watch still needs to be on a charger for the update to install, and it won’t do so until your watch has a battery level of at last 50%.

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