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Learn how to identify software versions for the Apple Watch as well as details on recent software updates. 

 

Check software version

watchOS version 8

  1. From the watch face, press the Digital Crown to view the apps list.
  2. Tap Settings > General > About.
  3. Review the information in the Software version details section below.

 

Software version details

VERSION RELEASE DATE ENHANCEMENTS STATUS

watchOS 8.3

Carrier version: 18

December 13, 2021

Available December 13, 2021

If your device meets the requirements below, this update will be available to download.

watchOS 8.1

Carrier version: 18

October 25, 2021

Available October 25, 2021

If your device meets the requirements below, this update will be available to download.

watchOS 8.0.1

Carrier version: 17

October 11, 2021

Available October 11, 2021

If your device meets the requirements below, this update will be available to download.

watchOS 8.0

Carrier version: 17

September 20, 2021

Full list of improvements

Available September 20, 2021

If your device meets the requirements below, this update will be available to download.

 

Determine update requirements

Your device must meet the following requirements to update the software to the most current version:

  • Apple Watch Series 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or SE
  • 50% or higher battery life
  • Data connection
  • File size: ~150 MB

 

Update your device software 

Update automatically over the air (OTA)

Your phone will notify you when it is ready to update. After receiving the OTA notification, follow these steps:

  1. On your iPhone, tap the notification to install the software update.
  2. Follow the prompts to install any software updates.

Update Manually over the air (OTA)

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app.
  2. Tap My Watch at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap General > Software Update. The device checks for software updates and displays the current version if none is available.
  4. Follow the prompts to install any software updates.

 

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