Apple seeds fifth beta of watchOS 9.1 to developers

Apple has released a new incremental watchOS beta to the developers and public beta testers. Yes, the fifth beta of watchOS 9.1 is out. The new beta comes one week after the fourth beta. As an incremental upgrade, it will bring performance improvements over the last beta. Read along to know more about the watchOS 9.1 beta 5 update.

watchOS 9.1 beta 5 is labeled with the 20S5072a build number and weighs around 164MB in size. It is a relatively small upgrade when compared to the last beta which is a 249MB. The new watchOS 9.1 upgrade will be available to the public soon, hopefully, by the end of this month. And it is available for Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models. Whether you are a public beta tester or a developer, you can try out the new watchOS 9.1 beta 5 on your Apple Watch.

Just like every other watchOS beta update, Apple didn’t mention anything new in the release notes. So currently we are unaware of the exact changes and improvements. As usual, the update page says it includes bug fixes and some improvements.

watchOS 9.1 will be a significant update as watchOS 9 was released just a few weeks back and it has some bugs and the battery performance has also been affected. So the expectations from the watchOS 9.1 update are high.

watchOS 9.1 Beta 5 update

If you are an Apple Watch 4 or newer Apple Watch user and already on the previous beta build then you can check for the update in Settings. But if you are on the public build and want to try out the new watchOS 9.1 beta, then you need to join the beta program and install the beta profile on your Apple Watch. After authorizing the beta profile, you can check the new software updates inside the Apple Watch, once there’s a new update you can install it on your watch.

Before installing the new software, take care of these things.

  • Make sure that your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connected to the charger.
  • Make sure that your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi and running on iOS 16.1 beta 5.

The watchOS 9.1 developer beta update will now download and transfer to your Apple Watch. After the completion of the installation process, your watch will restart. Once all done, you can start using your Apple Watch running watchOS 9.1 Beta 4.

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