Software updates: Apple Watch series 2

Use this page to identify software versions for the Apple Watch series 2 as well as details on recent software updates.

 

 

 

Identify the device's current software version

 

WatchOS version 4

  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 4.3.2

July 9, 2018

Improvements and bug fixes

Apple security updates

July 9, 2018

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 4.3.1

May 29, 2018

Apple security updates

May 29, 2018

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 4.3

March 29, 2018

 

Control volume and playback on HomePod from your Apple Watch

Restores ability to control music on iPhone

Use any orientation for Nightstand charging mode

Siri watch face now shows progress towards closing Activity rings and when new songs are added to Apple Music mixes

Resolves an issue where Activity achievements were incorrectly awarded for some users

Fixes an issue where Siri music commands were not working for some audio devices

Additional updates and fixes

March 29, 2018

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 4.2.3

February 19, 2018

 

Fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash

Additional updates and fixes

February 19, 2018

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 4.2.2

January 23, 2018

Various bug fixes and system improvements

Additional updates and fixes

January 23, 2018

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 4.2

December 7, 2017

Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay Cash in Messages or by asking Siri (US only)

Adds support for HomeKit sprinklers and faucets in Home

Resolves an issue where Apple Watch would sometimes restart when asking Siri about the weather

Fixes an issue that prevented simultaneous timers or alarms from being dismissed independently

Additional updates and fixes

December 7, 2017

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 4.1

October 31, 2017

Use Siri to find, discover, and play songs, playlists, or albums

Fixes an issue for Apple Watch Series 1 and later where Heart Rate notifications were delivered when the feature was not enabled

Fixes an issue where some users did not receive Stand Reminders

Additional updates and fixes

October 31, 2017

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 4.0.1

October 4, 2017

Fixes issues that were causing Apple Watch to join unauthenticated (captive) Wi-Fi networks

Additional updates and fixes

October 4, 2017

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 4

September 19, 2017

Updated Activity app features daily inspiration, evening push, monthly challenges, and more

Workout now includes High Intensity Interval training, enhanced swim tracking, and gym equipment syncing

New Siri watch face displays the information you need, right when you need it

Person to person payments now available

Additional improvements and bug fixes

Available March 27, 2017

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

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 your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 3.1.3

January 23, 2017

Performance improvements and bug fixes

Available January 23, 2017

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

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 your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

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 your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

WatchOS version 3

September 19, 2016

Launch software

September 19, 2016

If your device meets the update requirements, this update will be available to you to download.

 

 

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
  • 0.5 GB available memory (File size of update: ~0.35 GB)

 

 

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.