WatchOS 2.0.1 Update for Apple Watch with Battery Life Improvements & Bug Fixes
Apple has released WatchOS 2.0.1 for Apple Watch users, the update includes several bug fixes, but perhaps most notable are improvements to battery life performance. WatchOS 2.0.1 also includes support for new Emoji icons introduced in the accompanying iOS 9.1 update for iPhone and iPad, and OS X 10.11.1 for Mac.
Installing WatchOS 2.0.1 on Apple Watch
Updating WatchOS is done through the paired iPhone:
- Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and go to Settings > “General” followed by “Software Update”
- Choose “Download & Install” when WatchOS 2.0.1 shows up
The update should proceed without an issue.
If you encounter an error message that says “Unable to Check for Update – Checking for a software update failed because you are not connected to the Internet.” even if you are online, you can tap Try Again a few times, but from direct experience the only resolution to the error message was to reboot the iPhone and reboot the Apple Watch.
Toggling Airplane mode and turning wi-fi off and back on made no difference in the update check.
Installing WatchOS 2.0.1 takes about 45 minutes, depending on the speed of the internet connection.
WatchOS 2.0.1 Release Notes
Release notes for WatchOS 2.0.1 are as follows:
– Support for new emoji characters that arrive with iOS 9.1 and OS X 10.11.1
– Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall
– Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance
– Resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS Calendar events to Apple Watch
– Addresses an issue that could prevent location information from properly updating
– Fixes an issue that could cause Digital Touch to send from an email address instead of a phone number
– Addresses an issue that could cause instability when using a Live Photo as a watch face.
– Resolves an issue that allows the sensors to stay on indefinitely when using Siri to measure heart rate.