Apple kicks off the first public beta of watchOS 9

The first public beta of watchOS 9 is out! Yes, anyone can update to the new watchOS 9 by joining the public beta program. After testing three beta builds in the developer program, Apple knocks out the first public beta of watchOS 9. The first public beta is based on the last week’s third dev beta build. Obviously, the upgrade bags all new features available on watchOS 9, so read along to know more details on watchOS 9 public beta update.

If you’re not a registered developer beta, but still want to install the new watchOS 9 beta, then you can now do it by joining Apple’s public beta testing program. After joining the public beta program, you’ll receive the major upgrade over the air, the watchOS 9 public beta update weighs around 1.6GB in size, yes, it requires more data compared to the incremental upgrades.

Apple drops the first public beta upgrade of watchOS 9 to the Apple Watch with a 20R5316f build number. Obviously, the new software goes live for Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models with a whole bunch of new features. Not only the watchOS 9 beta, but Apple also released the public beta of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, and macOS Ventura.

watchOS 9 public beta update

Moving to the features and changes, then the third beta of watchOS 9 houses an updated workout app. The new workout app brings custom workouts and improvements for runners, swimmers, and triathletes. Apart from that, we can expect system-wide enhancements with this update.

The newest version of watchOS boasts a slew of new features, including, four new watch faces, an Enhanced Workout app, a new Medications app, Afib history, improved privacy, and more. You can check out the complete list of features, by heading over to this page.

If you own Apple Watch and want to update your Watch to watchOS 9 public beta, then you can head over to this page (Apple Beta Testing Program website) and enroll in the public beta, once done, set up the profile, and then you’ll receive the new update over-the-air, which you can install on your Watch later from Apple Watch app from iPhone > General > Software update.

Now the watchOS 9 public beta update will download and transfer to your Apple Watch. And after the completion of the installation process, your watch will restart. Once all done, you can start using your Apple Watch.

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