Software updates: Apple Watch

Use this page to identify software versions for the Apple Watch as well as details on recent software updates.

 

 

 

Identify the device's current software version

 

WatchOS version 3

  1. From the watch face, press the Digital Crown to view the apps list.
  2. Tap Settings > General > About.
  3. Review the information in the Review software version details section below.

 

 

Review software version details

 

VERSIONRELEASE DATEENHANCEMENTSSTATUS

WatchOS version 3.2

March 27, 2017

Siri now works with apps from the App Store to start workouts, send messages, make payments, book rides, and more

Theater Mode setting turns on silent mode and keeps the screen dark until you tap it, even when you raise your wrist

Scribble is now available in French, Spanish, and Italian

Music playlist sync progress is now displayed in the Apple Watch app on iPhone

Additional improvements and bug fixes

Available March 27, 2017

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 3.1.3

January 23, 2017

Performance improvements and bug fixes

Available January 23, 2017

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 3.1.1

December 12, 2016

Fixes an issue that could prevent contact names from appearing in the Messages app and notifications

Fixes an issue that could impact ability to respond to notifications

Resolves an issue where the Stocks complication may not update on the watch face

Fixes an issue that may prevent the Activity rings from displaying on the Activity watch faces

Fixes an issue that prevented the dials on an analog watch face from appearing after changing the temperature unit in the Weather app

Resolves an issue that could cause the Maps app to stay launched after navigation has endedFixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps.

Resolves an issue where the incorrect date could be displayed in the Calendar app month view

Available December 12, 2016

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 3.1

October 24, 2016

New option to replay bubble and full screen effects in Messages

Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled

Fixes an issue that could cause the notification for Timer complete to be delivered twice

Resolves an issue that could prevent Apple Watch Series 2 from fully charging

Resolves an issue where Activity rings may disappear from the watch face

Fixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps.

Available October 24, 2016

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 3

September 13, 2016

Added activity sharing

Improved messaging features like TapBack, fun animated stickers, fullscreen effects, and scribble on the screen

Emergency contact app calls 911 or the emergency number in your country, and sends an SMS message to an emergency contac

Available September 13, 2016

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 2.2.2

July 18, 2016

Fixes an issue that is similar to “Will Not Power On"

General performance and stability improvements

Available July 18, 2016

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 2.2.1

May 16, 2016

General performance and stability improvements

May 16, 2016

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 2.2

March 21, 2016

Adds support for pairing multiple Apple Watches to one iPhone

Adds Nearby in Maps to browse for places around you by category, including Food, Shopping, and more

Adds support for system language in Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian, and Ukrainian

Adds support for dictation in Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian, Ukrainian, and English (Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Indonesia)

Adds support for Siri in Malay, Finnish, and Hebrew

Increases frequency of background heart rate measurements when you are stationary

Available March 21, 2016

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 2.1

December 8, 2015

Added support for system language in Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Malay, Portuguese (Portugal), and Vietnamese

Added support for Right-to-Left user interface

Added ability to switch between Latin and Hindi numerals for Arabic

Added a new complication for Islamic and Hebrew Calendars

Added support for Siri and dictation in Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)

Added support for dictation in English (Malaysia), Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Portuguese (Portugal), and Vietnamese

Resolved an issue that could prevent events from updating in the Calendar complication

Fixed an issue that prevent the time from displaying in Power Reserve mode

Addressed issues that could prevent third party apps from launching

Fixed an issue that could prevent third-party app icons from displaying correctly

Fixed an issue that could cause instability when changing the system language

Available December 8, 2015

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 2.0.1

October 21, 2015

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

Available October 21, 2015

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 2.0

September 26, 2015

Activation Lock

Connect to Wi-Fi without an iPhone

New watch faces

Reply to emails

Nightstand mode by laying on side while charging

Available September 26, 2015

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 1.0.1

September 25, 2015

Siri

Measuring stand activity

Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts

Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts

Accessibility

Third party apps

Available September 25, 2015

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

WatchOS version 1.0

April 24, 2015

Base version

Available April 24, 2015

If customers' devices meet the update requirements below, they can upgrade to the most current software version.

Other versions

N/A

N/A

Your phone has non-T-Mobile software, and it is unsupported. The manufacturer and T-Mobile cannot update your software.

 

 

Determine update requirements

Customers' devices must meet the following requirements to update their software to the most current version:

  • 50% or higher battery life
  • Data connection
  • 300 MB available memory (File size of update: ~225 MB)

 

 

Update software versions

 

Update automatically over the air (OTA)

Your phone will notify you when it is ready to update. After receiving the OTA notification, follow these steps:

 

  1. On your iPhone, tap the notification to install the software update.
  2. Follow the prompts to install any software updates.

 

Update Manually over the air (OTA)

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app.

  2. Tap My Watch at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap General > Software Update.

  4. The device checks for software updates and displays the current version if none is available.

  5. Follow the prompts to install any software updates.