Apple releases watchOS 9.4 release candidate update!

The testing is over, Apple finally announces the release candidate for the upcoming watchOS 9.4. Along with the watchOS 9.4, the company releases a new build to iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and macOS. If you are a tester, then you can try out the new software on your watch.

Release Candidate aka RC is the new naming for Apple’s Golden Master builds. This is the final build, indeed, the same will be released to the public most probably by the next week. Apple labels the new firmware of watchOS 9.4 with the 20T253 build number. It weighs around 260MB in size for downloading.

As per the release notes, users are no longer able to mute alarms via gesture, Afib history now available in Colombia, Malaysia, Moldova, Thailand, and Ukraine, and the update also brings Cycle Tracking with retrospective ovulation estimates and cycle deviation alerts now supported in Moldova and Ukraine.

Here’s the complete release notes coming with watchOS 9.4 release candidate.

  • Wake-up alarms are no longer silenced with cover to mute gesture to avoid accidental cancellations during sleep
  • Cycle Tracking with retrospective ovulation estimates and cycle deviation alerts now supported in Moldova and Ukraine
  • Afib History now available in Colombia, Malaysia, Moldova, Thailand, and Ukraine

If your iPhone is running on iOS 16.4 release candidate then you can upgrade your Apple Watch to the watchOS 9.4 release candidate. If your Apple Watch is already running on watchOS 9.4 beta, then you will receive the release candidate build over the air. Here’s how you can update your watch to the release candidate.

  1. At first, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on My Watch.
  3. Then click on General > Software Update > Download and Install.
  4. Enter the password for confirmation.
  5. Tap on Agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Once done, tap on install.


  • Charge your Apple Watch to at least 50% and connected to the charger.
  • Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi for internet connection.
  • Make sure that your iPhone is running on iOS 16.

Once you tap the install button, it will download and install the newest update on your Apple Watch. Once the installation process is completed, the watch will automatically reboot to the latest watchOS 9.4 release candidate.

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