Apple seeds first beta of watchOS 9.4 to developers

Apple starts testing the next incremental upgrade – watchOS 9.4 on the Apple Watch. The first beta of watchOS 9.4 is now available for testers. The testing begins a few days after the watchOS 9.3.1 announcement. Apple kicks off the gradual upgrade alongside iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, macOS 13.3, and tvOS 16.4.

Apple plants the latest watchOS software with a 20T5222g build number. The first beta of watchOS 9.4 weighs 712MB in size for testers, it weighs more than usual beta updates. Currently, the beta is available for developers and public beta testers. Apple Watch Series 4 and newer model owners can upgrade their watch to the new software.

As always, Apple didn’t mention anything in the changelog. As it is big in size, we can expect some major changes in watchOS 9.4. You can also expect bug fixes, system-wide enhancements, and security updates. Obviously, you can also access the features available in watchOS 9.3.1 update.

watchOS 9.4 update

If your iPhone is running on the latest iOS 16.4 beta, then you can easily update your Apple Watch to the new watchOS 9.4 beta, all you need to do is, install the beta profile on your device and then update it over the air. Here’s how you can update your watch to the beta.

  1. At first, you need to login to Apple Developer Program website.
  2. Then, head over to the downloads.
  3. Tap on watchOS 9.4 beta available under featured downloads. Then tap on the download button.
  4. Now install watchOS 9.4 beta profile on your iPhone, then authorize the profile by going to Settings > General > Profiles.
  5. Now restart your iPhone.

Make sure that your Apple Watch is charged at least 50% and connected to a WiFi network. After installing the beta profile, open the Apple Watch app on your phone, head over to General > Software Update > Download and Install, then install the new software.

Now the watchOS 9.4 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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By Haneet Singh

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