watchOS 8 release candidate update is out for developers!

watchOS 8 is Apple’s newest software for its wearable – Apple Watch. The eighth-iteration of watchOS was first show-off by Apple at its annual WWDC event in June 2021. Since then, the watchOS 8 has been in the beta phase for a few months. As the company has kicked off watchOS 8 release candidate, watchOS 8 graduates out of the beta cycle.

Now let’s take a look at what’s new in watchOS 8 release candidate along with the update size and build number.

For those, who are not familiar with the release candidate. RC aka Release Candidate is the new naming for Apple’s Golden Master builds. These are the final update rolling first to the developers for final testing.

watchOS 8 Release Candidate

Apple plants the watchOS 8 release candidate with 19R346 build number and measures around 336MB in size for the developers. The watchOS 8 is compatible with the Apple Watch Series 3 and newer models, developers can sideload the RC build on their Apple Watch freely.

Now let’s talk about the features, watchOS 8 comes with features like Portrait Watch Face, assistive touch, ability to track respiratory rate during Sleep, GIF support, along with some new health apps. Portrait Watch Face allows you to pick photos taken with iPhone’s portrait mode, and the best thing is, users can customize it.

Let’s move to the steps on how to download and install watchOS 8 release candidate.

How to install watchOS 8 RC

In case you’re a registered developer or a beta tester, then you can follow the below-listed steps to download watchOS 8 RC on your Apple Watch. Before heading over to the steps, make sure that your iPhone or iPad is running on the latest iOS 15 RC and iPadOS 15 RC. Also, after updating to watchOS 8 release candidate, there’s no way to go back to the watchOS 7.

You can only update to the release candidate if your Apple Watch is updated to the newest beta of watchOS 8, if you’re running on the latest version, then here are the steps to update your Apple Watch to watchOS 8 release candidate update.

  1. At first, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on My Watch.
  3. Then click on General > Software Update > Download and Install.
  4. Enter the password for confirmation.
  5. Tap on Agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Once done, tap on install.


  • Charge your Apple Watch to at least 50% and connected to the charger.
  • Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi for internet connection.
  • Make sure that your iPhone is running on iOS 15.

Once you tap the install button, it will download and install the newest update on your Apple Watch. Once the installation process is completed, the watch will automatically reboot to the latest watchOS 8 release candidate. Now you can also enjoy its latest feature before the stable release.

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