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How to install watchOS 11 developer beta on Apple Watch

Apple’s first developer beta for its next watchOS release—watchOS 11—is available to developers for testing. While you must wait for the public betas to get your hands on the latest update before the stable release in the fall, if you’re too eager to enjoy the new features, you can download the watchOS 11 developer beta to see what Apple has in store this time around. 

Follow along, and we’ll show you how to install watchOS 11 developer beta on a compatible Apple Watch. Before you begin, bear in mind that developer betas are mostly unstable, so you should avoid installing them on your primary device.

watchOS 11 compatible Apple Watch models

To install the watchOS 11 developer beta on your Apple Watch, you must have one of the following Apple Watch models paired to an iPhone 11 or later running on iOS 18 beta:

  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 8
  • Apple Watch Series 9
  • Apple Watch Ultra
  • Apple Watch Ultra 2

Note: Not all watchOS 11 may be available on all the compatible Apple Watch models.

How to install watchOS 11 beta on Apple Watch

To install the watchOS 11 developer beta on your Apple Watch, you must first install the iOS 18 developer beta on the paired iPhone. Once done, follow these steps to download and install the watchOS developer beta on your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on General, then select Software Update
  3. Next, tap the Beta Updates tab. 
  4. Select watchOS 11 Developer Beta in the subsequent menu. 
  5. Go back to the previous screen and wait for the system to check for the update. 
  6. Once available, hit the Download & Install button. 

Your Apple Watch may restart a couple of times during installation. Wait for the process to finish, and you should have watchOS 11 developer beta on your watch.

Signing off…

And that’s it. It’s that easy to get the watchOS 11 developer beta on your Apple Watch. That said, once you install watchOS 11 on your Apple Watch, there’s no way you can downgrade to watchOS 10, so be doubly sure about your decision before you begin.

Did you like the new changes watchOS 11 introduced to your Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments.

Why can’t I download watchOS 11?

To install watchOS 11, you must own a compatible Apple Watch, and the paired iPhone must have iOS 18 installed.

Should you install watchOS 11 beta?

Apple beta updates are known to contain a few bugs, so we recommend waiting for the public release if you can.

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