The wait is finally over, Apple releases the anticipated watchOS 9 to the public, following months of developer previews and public beta releases. The newest iteration of watchOS – watchOS 9 brings a plethora of new features, changes, and improvements.
watchOS 9 is labeled with 20R364 software version. Obviously, it is a major software upgrade for the Apple Watch, it weighs a humongous 1.7GB of download size.
What’s new in watchOS 9?
watchOS 9 brings a bunch of visual changes to the Watch. The newer iteration of watchOS brings support for Dogs and Cats in portrait watch faces announced last year. There are four new customizable watch faces, including, the Astronomy face, Lunar face, Playtime with animated numbers, joined by the Metropolitan watch face with lovely color combinations. Siri UI also gets a refresh on the watchOS 9.
Moving to the other features, then there’s an enhanced workout app with three new running form metrics, including Stride Length, Ground Contact Time, and Vertical Oscillation. It also brings custom workouts, Swimming enhancements, and more. watchOS 9 comes with Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) history feature to access important information including an estimate of how frequently a user’s heart rhythm shows signs of AFib, as mentioned by Apple.
Apart from these features, the upgrade brings Sleep Stages feature for better sleep tracking, new medications app to track medications with reminders, 6 keyboard language support, and more.
What Apple Watches will support watchOS 9?
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch SE
- Apple Watch Ultra
If you own any of these Apple watches, then you can update your watch to the new watchOS 9. Apple starts rolling out the new update to everyone, but if for some reason you don’t receive the update, you can wait for some time. Before installing the watchOS 9 make sure to update your iPhone to iOS 16.
How to install watchOS 9 Public
Apple Watch owners can open the Watch app on their iPhone and check for the new software, although, as I said earlier, make sure to install iOS 16 first on your iPhone. Now if your iPhone is running on iOS 16, then you can follow the below steps and update your Apple Watch to watchOS 9 stable update.
- 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.
Now let’s take a look at how you can install watchOS 9 stable on your Apple Watch.
- At first, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap on My Watch.
- Then click on General > Software Update > Download and Install.
- Enter the password for confirmation.
- Tap on Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Once done, tap on install.
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 update.