watchOS 8 Compatible Apple Watch Models

Jun 10, 2021 - Leave a Comment

watchOS 8

Wondering which Apple Watch models support watchOS 8? WatchOS 8 features a new mindfulness app, new sleep tracking features, new workouts like Tai Chi and Pilates, a redesigned Photos app, improvements to Messages, and more, so it’s understandable if you’d want to run it on your Apple Watch.

If you’re curious if your particular Apple Watch model will support the upcoming watchOS 8 update, then check out the official supported devices list below.

Apple Watch Models Supporting WatchOS 8

According to Apple, the following Apple Watch models can run watchOS 8:

  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch SE

This is the same list of Apple Watch models able to run watchOS 7.

Apple also notes that watchOS 8 must be paired with an iPhone that is running iOS 15 or later too, so you’ll probably want to see what iPhone are compatible with iOS 15. Basically the iPhone 6s or newer with iOS 15 will be able to work with watchOS 8.

watchOS 8 Release Set for Fall 2021

Apple has said that watchOS 8 will be available in fall of 2021.

Fall 2021 is the same timeframe of release for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey.

watchOS 8 public beta begins July 2021

In case you were wondering about the public beta for watchOS 8, that is set to begin in July.

Installing beta versions of system software onto Apple Watch is a bit dicier than running beta versions on other hardware though since you can’t restore or downgrade yourself, so beta testing is not recommended for most Apple Watch users.

If you’re elsewhere in the Apple ecosystem might also be curious about which iPad models support iPadOS 15, seeing a list of macOS Monterey compatible Macs.

Are you excited about watchOS 8? What do you think of the new features? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Apple Watch, News, Tips & Tricks

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