watchOS 10.1 release candidate is out for testers

Apple kicks off the watchOS 10.1 release candidate for developers. The testing of watchOS 10.1 started last month and now it is available to testers. If everything goes fine with this update, we could see the stable later this week or next week. Read on to know what’s new in the watchOS 10.1 RC build.

Apple pushes the new update to testers with the 21S67 firmware version, which is similar in size to the last beta, weighing 241MB in download size. If you are already on beta, then you can quickly install the incremental upgrade. If you are on the stable watchOS 10.0.1 then you will receive the stable update in a few days.

For unawares, Apple tests the upcoming upgrade by pushing release candidates to the developers. This is the final build, indeed, the same will be released to the public most probably by the next week.

Talking about the changes, then watchOS 10.1 brings NameDrop and DoubleTap support. If you own the Apple Watch Series 9, then you can finally use its most hyped feature – DoubleTap. With NameDrop, you can easily share contacts between Apple Watch and iPhone. Other than these changes, you can expect system-wide improvements.

watchOS 10.1 Release Candidate

If your iPhone or iPad is running on the latest version of iOS 17.1 release candidate, then you can easily sideload the watchOS 10.1 beta on your Watch.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General > Software Update.
  3. Select Beta Updates and enable watchOS 10 Developer Beta or Public Beta option.
  4. Go back and download the release candidate of watchOS 10.1.
  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 10.1 RC 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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