WatchOS 2 Update for Apple Watch Available to Download & Install
Apple has released watchOS 2 for Apple Watch owners. The update brings a handful of new features to the Apple Watch, including native apps, a variety of new watch faces, third party complications, an optional nightstand mode, and overall improvements to usability and performance of the device.
The update is recommended for all Apple Watch owners to install.
Downloading and installing the WatchOS 2 update is requires iOS 9 or later to be running on the paired iPhone. The download itself weighs in around 515mb and arrives as an Over-the-Air download from the Apple Watch app, making it fairly simple.
How to Download & Install WatchOS 2 Update on Apple Watch
Updating WatchOS software is the same on all Watch devices:
- Connect the Apple Watch to its charger, be sure it has at least a 50% charge
- Join a wi-fi network with the iPhone paired to Apple Watch
- Launch the Watch app on the paired iPhone and go to the “My Watch” tab
- Choose “General” followed by “Software Update” and then tap on ‘Download and Install’
You’ll need to agree to some terms of service (after carefully reading it of course) to start the installation of WatchOS 2.0
Because the WatchOS 2 update has to download from Apple Servers and transfer over Bluetooth to the Watch itself, installation can take quite a while. Downloading the update to the Watch can take from 1 to 4 hours on a reasonably fast broadband connection, so don’t be alarmed if the update takes a while. Likewise, if you’re in a bind for time, you may want to put off updating to WatchOS 2 until you have adequate time to let both the iPhone and Apple Watch complete the download and installation of WatchOS 2.0.
Because there is no user accessible port on Apple Watch, you’ll want to be cautious to not interrupt the software update during its installation. Aside from basic troubleshooting like forcing it to reboot or resetting and erasing an Apple Watch, a stuck Watch would need to be given to Apple for support, either via an Apple Store or through a mail in support service. That’s obviously inconvenient, but any problems in watchOS updates can usually be avoided by following proper protocol to install WatchOS and Apple Watch system software.
WatchOS 2 was originally intended to arrive alongside iOS 9, but was delayed at the last minute to address an unspecified bug.
Apple Watch in horizontal nightstand mode shown above.