How to Download and Install watchOS 9 beta for free

Apple has just released the first public beta of watchOS 9, yes, it simply means anyone can install the new update on their Apple Watch. The first public beta build comes out after a month of the announcement of watchOS 9. After testing a couple of betas builds in the developer program, the Cupertino tech giant kicked off the first beta to the public. Obviously, the update goes live with a stack of new features and changes. If you want to try out the watchOS 9 beta, then here’s a step by step guide on how to install watchOS 9 public beta for free.

If you’re wondering if the first public beta is rolling with some new features over the developer beta, then this is not the case, Apple releases the same build released last week as the third developer beta to the public. As it is a major upgrade, it requires a big chunk of data for installation, the update weighs a whopping 1.6GB in size, before installing the new software make sure to take a backup. Obviously, the new software goes live for Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models.

Moving to the features and changes, then the third beta of watchOS 9 houses an updated workout app. The new workout app brings custom workouts and improvements for runners, swimmers, and triathletes. Apart from that, we can expect system-wide enhancements with this update.

The newest version of watchOS boasts a slew of new features, including, four new watch faces, an Enhanced Workout app, a new Medications app, Afib history, improved privacy, and more. You can check out the complete list of features, by heading over to this page.

Now let’s take a look at how you can install watchOS 9 public beta on your Apple Watch. If your Watch is already running on watchOS 9 beta with the developer profile installed, then I suggest you switch to the public beta for more stability and better performance. But, if you want to install the beta for the first time, then here are the steps.

Here are some prerequisites, that you can check before installing it on your Apple Watch.

Prerequisites:

  • 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.
  • Make sure that your iPhone is running on iOS 16.

How to Download watchOS 9 Beta (Profile)

If your iPhone or iPad is running on iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 public beta (latest), then you can easily sideload the update on your Watch.

  1. First things first, you need to take a backup of your Apple Watch, it’s important as Apple doesn’t allow downgrade from watchOS 9 to watchOS 8.
  2. Now join Apple’s public beta testing program by heading over to this page, you need to sign up with your Apple ID.
  3. Now swipe down until you see the Get Started section, then tap on enroll your Apple Watch hyperlink.
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  4. On the next page, you will see an option to download watchOS 9 public beta profile, tap on Download Profile.
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  5. You will receive a pop tap on allow.
  6. Now you’ve watchOS 9 beta profile downloaded on your iPhone.

How to install watchOS 9 Public Beta Update

  1. Now open the Settings app on your iPhone, and you will see Profile Downloaded option, tap on it. If it’s not available on top then you can find it in General > VPN & Device Management > Profile Downloaded.
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  2. On the Profile page, tap on Install in the top right corner, then allow on the next screen.
  3. Now open Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  4. Tap on My Watch.
  5. Then click on General > Software Update Download and Install.
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  6. Enter the password for confirmation.
  7. Tap on Agree to the terms and conditions.
  8. Once done, tap on Install.
  9. That’s it.

Now the watchOS 9 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

Haneet is a passionate tech writer and a consumer. He loves tinkering with the newest tech - smartphones, wearables, laptops, smart TVs, and other smart home devices. For tips, you can connect Haneet at [email protected]

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