Can you Downgrade from watchOS 10 Beta to watchOS 9?

At the highly anticipated event last week, Apple made several exciting announcements. There’s no doubt that Apple’s first-ever VR headset, the Apple Vision Pro, stole all attention. However, it’s worth noting that Apple also made important announcements regarding new Mac models and upcoming operating systems for its various products.

Apple showcased a milestone upgrade for the Apple Watch, watchOS 10. The tech titan redesigned the way apps work on the watch, bringing a new Smart Stack, two watch faces, health features, and more. The update is already available for testers, it was released last week and keen users installed the new software the same day or the next day.

Obviously, the user experience on the first developers’ beta isn’t great, you may notice stutters while opening the new Smart Stack. In my case, the battery backup significantly drops compared to the watchOS 9.x stable version. If you have installed the watchOS 10 beta on your Apple Watch and thinking to downgrade it to watchOS 9, then read along to know all details.

Can I downgrade from watchOS 10 to watchOS 9?

The answer is No! You can’t go back to watchOS 9. There’s a way for iPhone users to downgrade to iOS 16, you can connect your iPhone to your PC and then restore it using iTunes or Finder, but, there’s no workaround for Apple Watch owners. Yes, you can not connect the magnetic cable to your PC and wait for iTunes to pop up and use the restore option. It simply does not work that way.

So, is there any other way to go back to watchOS 9?

Head over to the Apple Service Center

Since you cannot do anything with your Apple Watch apart from updating and using it as intended. You can try your luck at your nearest Apple Service Center or Apple Store (if available in your area) and explain the situation. If your watch is under warranty period and you are lucky then you can expect they will restore the software on your watch. If your device is out of warranty, they will charge you a small fee to get your watch back to the previous version of watchOS.

Switch to the Public Beta update

Apple has released the first public beta of watchOS 10 and promised to release the first public beta next month. So, if you’re running on the developer beta, then you can switch to the public beta for a better experience. You can do it easily by navigating to the Watch app on your iPhone > General > Software Update > Beta Updates > select watchOS 10 Public Beta. You can stay connected with us for watchOS software update news.

Wait out for the stable watchOS update

The other sensible thing you can do is to wait it out. The best you can do is continually update your Apple Watch with public beta builds until the stable version of watchOS is released. The stable update will be released later this fall so you can install it once available.

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By Haneet Singh

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