Apple seeds third beta of watchOS 9.6 to developers

Apple has just released the watchOS 9.6 third beta for developers. This incremental beta comes two weeks after the release of the second beta. It will also be released for public beta testers in a matter of time, read along to know more details about the new watchOS 9.6 third beta update.

Apple is pushing the new software to eligible watches with the 20U5548c version number. Today’s release weighs 340MB in size which is relatively bigger than the previous beta. You can freely install the new beta on your Apple Watch from the software updates. The upgrade is available to everyone running on the watchOS 9 or later versions.

Following the previous trends, Apple didn’t mention anything in the release notes of the watchOS 9.6 third beta, but you can expect a few enhancements with this update. Apple has already teased a milestone upgrade – watchOS 10, coming to Apple Watches later this fall, so we can’t expect much from the watchOS 9.6 beta.

Here’s how you can upgrade your watch to the watchOS 9.6 beta.

watchOS 9.6 third developer beta

If your iPhone is running on the latest iOS 16.6 third beta, then you can easily update your Apple Watch to the new watchOS 9.6 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. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General > Software Update.
  3. Select Beta Updates and enable watchOS 9 Developer Beta option.
  4. Go back and download the second beta of watchOS 9.6.
  5. That’s it.

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 9.6 beta 3 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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