Apple Watch Not Updating? Here’s How To Fix It

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Nothing beats the excitement of new and improved technology, and Apple prioritizes keeping its customers abreast of the latest advancements.

The most recent Apple Watch update includes the newest features and performance improvements. Obtaining the latest version of watchOS is typically straightforward and requires only a few steps. However, it can be frustrating if you cannot install the newest update or are unable to check for an updated Apple watch.

Your Apple Watch is not updating because it is not at least 50% charged, is not running the most recent version of iOS, or is not connected to Wi-Fi. You may also have disconnected your Apple Watch from your iPhone during the installation. To fix it, ensure all these prerequisites are met.

If the updates are still not installed after trying all these techniques, consider taking your Apple Watch to an official Apple store to have a guru take a look and diagnose the problem.

Unfortunately, you can not fix all problems by searching the internet; you may need professional assistance.

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Why Your Apple Watch Won't Update

There are a few potential causes for your Apple Watch not updating. Some problems, like firmware issues, may require incorporating the services of an IT guru, whereas in some cases, you can sort them out in the comfort of your home, e.g.:

Your iPhone is Not Operating on the Latest iOS Version

For watchOS to be installed on your iOS wearable, your iPhone must be compatible. To upgrade to watchOS 8, you must be using any iPhone above the iPhone 6s running on iOS 15. If your iPhone does not meet these requirements, you won't be able to install any new updates to your Apple Watch.

Your iPhone is Not At Least 50% Charged

At a minimum, charge your iPhone to 50 % capacity. Having your phone fully charged is best because it prevents your phone from switching off during the update.

If your IOS device switches off while updating, you will have to restart the software update process.

Your Phone is Not Connected to Wi-Fi

Your phone needs to be connected to Wi-Fi for the update to be successful. If you don't have access to Wi-Fi, you can use a spare phone to create a personal hotspot and utilize it as a Wi-Fi network.

Disconnecting your Apple Wearable From Your iPhone While Installing The Update

If upgrading your Apple Watch software via the iPhone Watch app, ensure that your phone and watch are as close as possible, preferably on the same table, to maintain Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The update could be as short as a few minutes or take as long as two to three hours to complete. You may prefer to delay updating until you have time or schedule the update overnight.

Errors You May Experience If Your Apple Watch Fails To Update

Get Connected

The 'Get Connected' message is displayed if your iPhone isn't connected to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is disabled.

Unable to Install Update or Failed Software Update

This could be a notification or alert that suggests "Close and Open App." and could result from an error while installing the latest watchOS.

Installation Paused

'Installation Paused' message appears if your wearable is not at least 50  % charged or isn't connected to its charger.

A Guide to Upgrading Your Apple Watch

Once you have determined that your Apple Watch meets all requirements and you are unable to check for updates on your Apple Watch,  you must also ascertain that you follow the proper steps when updating the software. Often, many people end up missing a step or two, which automatically makes your Apple Watch fail to upgrade.

Follow these steps to update manually:

STEP1: Launch the Apple Watch application on your iOS phone, and then hit the My Watch tab.

STEP 2: Choose General, then Software Update from the drop-down menu.

STEP 3: Install the latest update. If prompted, enter the passcode for your Apple phone or wearable.

Allow the progress wheel to show on your Apple Watch. The update could take a few minutes and one hour to complete.

Alternatively, you can install updates independently on your iPhone if your Watch has a version later after watchOS 6. Here's how:

STEP 1: Ensure your watch is connected to the internet using Wi-Fi.

STEP 2: Launch the watch's Settings application.

STEP 3: Select General, then Software Update from the menu.

STEP 4: Click Install, then follow the  instructions on your screen

If you've tried everything and the update still won't install, don't panic. We will aid you in locating a solution.

Methods of Troubleshooting If Your Apple Watch does Not Update

Here are a few alternatives that could assist your Apple wearable update:

Connect your Apple Devices To The Charger

You only need a 50 % charge to load the iOS update on your phone and watch; however, your best bet is a fully charged phone and the watch.

Power cycle your Apple Watch

After pushing and holding the side button, drag the slider until you see Power Off. Hold the side button to restart the watch.

Unpair your iPhone

After completing the preceding steps and your Apple Watch still refuses to update, you will need to unpair it using the steps below:

STEP 1: On your iOS smartphone, launch the Watch app.

STEP 2: Under the 'My Watch' page on your smartphone, select 'All Watches' at the top of the screen.

STEP 3: Click the information symbol adjacent to the watch you want to unpair.

STEP 4: Tap Apple Watch Unpair.

STEP 5: Choose Unpair the Apple Watch you want.

Restart the iPhone that Has Been Paired

Restarting your iPhone also helps update your iPhone. Here's how to restart your iPhone:

STEP 1: Hold the uppermost button until the power-off slider shows.

STEP 2: After sliding the slider for 30 seconds, your smartphone will turn off.

STEP 3: If your device is unresponsive, force restarts it by pressing the top button until the Apple logo shows to reactivate your device.

Repair the iPhone and Watch

Follow these steps to repair your Apple Watch to your iPhone after you've unpaired it:

STEP 1: Verify that your Apple Watch is powered on by pressing and holding the side button until the Apple logo appears.

STEP 2: Position your iPhone close to your Apple Watch until the pairing window opens on your iPhone.

STEP 3: Alternatively, you can start the Watch app on your iPhone and select 'Pair New Watch.'

STEP 4: When the pairing screen appears, tap 'Continue.'

STEP 5: Adjust the viewfinder on your iPhone to see the Apple Watch display.

The devices will be paired at this point. Once you've ascertained that the devices have paired, retry the update following the steps in this post.

Delete the Newest iOS Update on Your iPhone

If the update fails to install, you may need to delete the update entirely on the phone. Deleting the update will completely erase it, requiring you to start from scratch. Follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Open the Watch application on your iPhone

STEP 2: Navigate to the ‘General’

STEP 3: Select Usage the Software Update, and then delete the update file.

You can then attempt to update your Apple Watch.

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