WatchOS 7 Compatibility – Which Apple Watch Models Support watchOS 7?
WatchOS 7 is set to debut in the fall, bringing new features and refinements to the Apple Watch experience. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that not all Apple Watch models will be compatible with the upcoming version of watchOS 7, since the hardware needs to meet certain requirements to be able to run the latest software. If you’re trying to figure out if your Apple Watch supports watchOS 7, then read on to see the official compatibility list.
Apple has released a total of 6 Apple Watch models over the past 5 years, but unfortunately, half of the models will not be capable of running watchOS 7 when it comes out. Therefore, the list is pretty short, but to make it easy we’ve put together a list for you to quickly check if your Apple Watch is compatible.
watchOS 7 Compatibility List
Here, we’ve listed all the Apple Watch models that officially support watchOS 7 as stated by Apple on their website. If your Apple Watch is on this list, be prepared for the update coming later this fall. If not, your Apple Watch will be limited to the current watchOS 6 version (or whatever was the final version supported by your particular model)
Apple Watch Models Compatible with watchOS 7
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
From handwash detection to tracking dance moves, there’s plenty of reasons to be excited about Apple’s watchOS 7 software update. These key additions and other changes could vastly improve your overall Apple Watch experience in the long run.
In addition to having one of the above supported Apple Watch models, you also need an iPhone 6S or newer iPhone running iOS 14 to be able to use watchOS 7 on the paired Apple Watch. Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 models are notably absent from the compatibility list and they’ll be limited to watchOS 6.
Found your Apple Watch in the list but not patient enough to wait till September for the update? Don’t worry, you can enroll your device in the watchOS 7 public beta that’s expected to be available sometime in July. Or, if you’re part of the Apple Developer Program, you can install the watchOS 7 developer beta on your Apple Watch right now. However, before you decide to go ahead with the watchOS 7 installation, keep in mind that your paired iPhone needs to be updated to iOS 14 as well.
Do you own an iPad too? If so, you might be interested in checking out the iPadOS 14 compatibility list and see if the iPad model you currently own is capable of running the newest iteration of iPadOS when it comes out later this year. Likewise, iPhone users can check to see what iPhone models support iOS 14. Or, if you use a Mac, here’s the list of all Macs that support macOS Big Sur.
We hope you were able to find your Apple Watch in the watchOS 7 compatibility list. If not, which Apple Watch model do you currently use? Would you consider upgrading to a newer Apple Watch to run watchOS 7? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments.