Apple releases fifth watchOS 8.7 beta update for developers

Two months back, Apple originally started testing the watchOS 8.7 for the Apple Watch. The firm has already released four beta builds for the upcoming watchOS 8.7 update. And today, Apple kicked off the fifth beta of watchOS 8.7 for the developers. Apart from the watchOS 8.7, there’s a new update for the iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and macOS, you can head over to this page to read about the iOS 15.6 beta 5. And continue reading this article to know more information about the watchOS 8.7 beta 5 update.

Apple is seeding the new watchOS 8.7 beta 5 with a 19U5063a build number, it is a small incremental upgrade for the developers. And as per the build number, we can expect that the next update could be the release candidate build followed by a public release. If you’re a developer then you can freely upgrade your Apple Watch to watchOS 8.7 beta 5 and test the apps and other stuff on the upcoming software. As always, the update is available on all Apple Watch models running watchOS 8 or newer.

The recently released version brings ECG app support for Apple Watch Series 4 or later and Irregular heart rhythm notifications in Mexico. And as per the previous trends, we can expect that Apple might push the ECG and Irregular heart rhythm notification support to more regions with this upgrade. Apart from that, you can expect system-wide improvements with the new update. Since we’re not aware of watchOS 8.7 goodies yet, you can check the features released with watchOS 8.6.

Now let’s take a look at the steps on how you can upgrade your Apple Watch to watchOS 8.7 beta 5.

watchOS 8.7 beta 5 update

Apple Watch owners can now upgrade to the watchOS 8.7 beta 5. If your iPhone is running on the latest software, then you can easily sideload the new software on your Apple Watch. Here are the steps.

  1. At first, you need to login to Apple Developer Program website.
  2. Then, head over to the downloads.
  3. Tap on watchOS 8.7 beta 5 available under featured downloads. Then tap on the download button.
  4. Now install watchOS 8.7 beta 5 profile on your iPhone, then authorize the profile by going to Settings > General > Profiles.
  5. Now restart your iPhone.

If your Apple Watch is already running on the third beta of watchOS 8.7, then you’ll receive the new update over-the-air, while if you’re on a stable build, then here’s how you can join the beta.

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