How to Update Software Directly on Apple Watch in watchOS 6

Never use an iPhone again to update the software on your Apple Watch. It's now easy to do it directly on Apple Watch itself with watchOS 6. Here's how to update the software directly on Apple Watch in watchOS 6!

Earlier, to update watchOS of your Apple Watch you needed an iPhone to do that with the help of Watch App in it. But with the latest watchOS 6, it’s now possible to update software directly on Apple Watch without using an iPhone. Yes, you heard that right, you don’t need an iPhone anymore to update watchOS on Apple Watch. 

This is a convenient way to update to latest watchOS. As of now, the watchOS 6 is still in beta phase and it will be available to the public later this year, maybe during fall. So today, I am going to show you how to update watchOS software directly on Apple Watch without using your iPhone. 

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How to Update WatchOS Software Directly on Apple Watch

Before you proceed to the update, you need to take care of these three things.

  • Ensure that your Apple Watch has at least 50% battery or greater during the update.
  • Do not remove or restart your charger during the update and installation.
  • Keep your Apple Watch connected to WiFi and ensure that it doesn’t get stuck in between the update. 

Once you are sure about the above things, proceed to the below given procedure to directly update watchOS 6 software on your Apple Watch. 

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your Apple Watch and tap on General.

Open Settings and tap on General on Apple Watch

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Step #2. Now choose Software Update option from general settings, it will now check for updates. If the watchOS update is available, tap on Download and Install option.

Tap on Software Update and then Download and Install on Apple Watch

Step #3. Once the update is downloaded in the Apple Watch, tap on Install and then tap on Proceed.

Tap on Install and then Proceed to Update WatchOS Directly on Apple Watch

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That’s it! As I said earlier, ensure that the battery of Apple Watch is 50% or higher, if not, the installation process will stop and will create unnecessary fuss! 

Just in case if anything goes wrong during the installation and you’re thinking of downgrading the software, let me tell you that, to downgrade watchOS 6, isn’t possible by any means. The only way to do it is to visit your nearest Apple Store and try your luck! They might do it but not sure of it though!

Final Words!

If you face any issue during the update or installation of watchOS 6 on your Apple Watch, do let us know in the comments section right away! Our experts will guide you to the solution. 

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
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