Apple Watch running watchOS 6 showing software update screen
Khamosh Pathak

Apple routinely releases watchOS updates with new features and watch faces. watchOS 6, for example, comes with a new App Store app and awesome new analog watch faces. Here’s how you can update your Apple Watch.

How to Update Your Apple Watch Using iPhone

Apple Watch updates are linked to the iPhone. For example, to update to watchOS 6 on your Apple Watch, you need to first update your iPhone to iOS 13.

First, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone and go to the “General” section.

Tap on General from Settings app

Now tap on the “Software Update” option.

Tap on Software Update from General

Here, if you’re not running the latest version of iOS, tap on “Download and Install.” If the update is already downloaded, you’ll see the “Install Now” button.

Tap on Install

Enter your passcode to begin the installation.

Once the iPhone is updated to the latest version, open the Watch app on your iPhone. From the “My Watch” tab, go to the “General” section.

Tap on General section

Here, tap on the “Software Update” option.

Tap on Software Update in Watch app

Check for available updates and then tap on the “Download and Install” button.

Tap on Download and Install

From the next screen, enter your device passcode. The installation will now begin.

Make sure the Apple Watch is on its charger and in the range of your iPhone connected to Wi-Fi. The installation will start only when the Apple Watch is charged to at least 50 percent.

How to Update Software from Apple Watch

With watchOS 6, Apple Watch is starting to become more independent of the iPhone. A prime example is the new App Store, which lets you download and update apps right from your wrist.

Once you update to watchOS 6, all subsequent updates can be applied directly from the Apple Watch, without touching the iPhone.

RELATED: How to Install Apps Directly On Your Apple Watch

To do this, press the “Digital Crown” on the Apple Watch to open the honeycomb apps screen.

Press the Digital Crown

Here, tap on “Settings” and select “General.”

Tap on Settings app and select General

Now, tap on “Software Update.”

As long as the Apple Watch is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network, you’ll see the available update. Scroll down and then tap on “Download and Install.”

Tap on Software Update and then download the update

Now put the Apple Watch on its charger and make sure it’s connected to Wi-Fi. The installation will start after the Apple Watch has at least a 50 percent charge.

Once you upgrade to watchOS 6, check out the new App Store app that lets you download update apps right from your wrist.

RELATED: How to Install Apps Directly On Your Apple Watch

Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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