How to Update your Apple Watch

Last Edited: May 5, 2018 | Published: May 5, 2018 by

How to Update your Apple Watch

So you got an Apple Watch. Congratulations! They are, without a doubt, one of the best smartwatches in production today. If you are an iPhone owner, you already know the many benefits an Apple watch can bring you. However, just like your iPhone, every now and then Apple releases software updates for the Apple Watch.

But how do you update your Apple Watch to the latest software so you can get access to all the new features and enjoy the increased stability of all the bug fixes. It’s actually pretty easy, but you will need your iPhone close by to do it. The reality is your iPhone does most of the work during the update process. Let’s learn how.

Before You Update

Before you can even begin to update your Apple Watch, you must make sure both your watch and your iPhone are prepared to run the update. To get everything ready, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. If it’s not, update your iPhone.
  2. Place your Apple Watch on the charger and make sure that is at least 50 percent charged.
  3. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.
  4. Double check to make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected.
  5. Make sure your iPhone also has a good charge.
  6. Place your iPhone next to your Apple Watch and leave it there during the update.

Update Your Apple Watch

Now that you have everything ready to go, it’s time to update your Apple Watch to the latest version. Like so many things with Apple, the update process is pretty painless and easy to do.

  1. Leave your Apple Watch on the charger until the update is complete.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  4. Go to General – Software Update.
  5. Download the update. If prompted for a passcode, enter it.
  6. Once the download is complete, the update process will begin automatically. Wait for the progress wheel to appear on the Apple Watch.
  7. Be patient, the update could take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the size of the update and the speed of your Internet. During this process, make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are next to each other to ensure optimum connectivity.

Update Problems

As easy as the update process is and as stable as Apple’s software is, sometimes there are problems. If you encounter issues updating your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your Apple Watch is connected to the charger. Check and make sure it isn’t loose or place it on the charger.
  2. Close and restart the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Restart your Apple Watch. To restart your watch, press and hold the side button until you see Power Off, then drag the slider to turn it off. To turn it back on, press and hold the side button.
  4. Restart your iPhone. Press and hold Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears. Then drag the slider to turn it off. Once off, press the Sleep/Wake button again to turn it on.
  5. Restart the update process above.
  6. If the update still fails, go to General – Usage – Software Update in the Apple Watch app and delete the update file. Then restart the download and update process.
  7. If all of this fails, you may have to take your watch to Apple to have a look.

Parting Thoughts

As you can see, updating your Apple Watch is pretty easy, although it may take a bit of time. Remember, during the update process, make sure your iPhones sticks close since your iPhone will be doing most of the heavy lifting of the update process.

Personally, I have never had issues updating my wife’s Apple Watch. Every update has run smooth and didn’t take that long. Of course, I did follow all the steps above every time. What has your experience been with updating the Apple Watch? Have you had a lot of problems updating your Watch or has it run very well for you. Tell me about your update experiences in the comments below.

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