watchOS 2

As of a few minutes ago, watchOS 2 is now available for download. If you own an Apple Watch, you can upgrade from watchOS 1 to watchOS 2 and enjoy many of the Apple Watch’s new features. These features include native apps, third-party complications, and much, much more. In this post, we’ll show you how to update your Apple Watch to the latest and greatest.

watchOS 2 Software Update

Step 1: Make sure that your paired iPhone is updated to iOS 9

Step 2: Charge your Apple Watch so that it has at least 50% charge and keep it connected to its charger throughout the install process

Step 3: Connect the paired iPhone to Wi-Fi

Step 4: Place your Apple Watch close to the paired iPhone

Step 5: Open Watch app on your iPhone

Step 6: Tap the My Watch tab

Step 7: Tap General

Step 8: Tap Software Update. If an update is available, which it should be, you will be able to initiate the download and installation process of watchOS 2

Step 9: Once the download is complete, begin the installation and wait for the Apple logo to appear on your and watch the progress bar fill in completely

Step 10: Your Apple Watch will reboot once the update is completed

Once your Apple Watch reboots, it’ll be on the latest watchOS 2 software. As mentioned at the outset, watchOS 2 brings a whole slew of features to the Apple Watch. It’s really an incredible update. Stay tuned to iDB throughout the day and the rest of this week for tons of additional Apple Watch and watchOS 2 coverage.

  • avd98

    11 Hours remaining… Great.

  • M L

    iOS9 is required?

    • Rafael Rosa


      • darn, not worth losing the jailbreak.

      • al7oot

        Damn it man we gonna lose the jailbreak….

  • Do I HAVE to have the watch plugged in to do the update?

    • Yes.

      • doh, forgot my charger at home…thanks!

      • M L

        ugggg….. has any real explanation given why? (Otherwise than they just want us to have iOS9?) lol

    • pauleebe

      Prior updates required this to be the case. Also must have 50% or greater battery life.

      • thanks, that sucks because I didn’t bring my charger…

      • John

        I’m sure you can wait until your watch is reunited to its charger, it’ll still be there 😀

    • paul selleck

      Think you need it on plugged to your charger

      • Gary le

        Is it usual for the watch to be warm to the touch even when its a hundred percent while still on the charger ?

        So it is bad for the battery?

    • Well, guess I will just have to download the update and install it tonight then…At least the update is here.

  • paul selleck

    1 hour remaining. Been looking forward more to this update than ios9. Lol

  • Sanjeev

    1 hour remaining

  • Cristian Meneses

    2 hours remaining … Well.. for all the time we’ve waited, I don’t really care to wait two more hours hahahahaha

  • f1ght3r

    What’s the change log from the GM?

  • Dare

    Am I the only one who doesn’t have the update available in the watch app?

    • Thuan H Nguyen

      i don’t have either

    • diggitydang

      You on iOS9?

      • Dare

        No, still on iOS 8.4. Is iOS 9 necessary for watch OS 2?

      • JohannASSburg


      • diggitydang


  • Terry Cooke

    I’m just stuck on verifying 🙁

    • Terry Cooke

      Yes installing….

  • JayDee917

    The requirement to download the update over wifi only is unnecessary. If you pay for data, you should be able to decide how to use it.

    The iOS 9 jailbreak can’t come soon enough.

    • John

      Get over yourself.
      I’m sure the data is cheap in your country but there are some countries where mobile data–and especially excess mobile data–is not cheap, Apple put this restriction in place to prevent people from exceeding the…..wait, why am I trying to explain something logically and intelligent to you?

      • JayDee917

        No need to be rude, bro. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Data isn’t cheap here in the U.S. either, which makes it even worse that they put limitations on the data you pay for.

        I understand why they put the restriction in place, but I think it’s too heavy handed. A simple warning before downloading over cellular would be enough.

      • John

        Sorry if my response seemed a little….heavy handed, sometimes I can’t tell if there’s egos, trolling or people are being genuine here–and that’s a little scary.

        I’d disagree with you, I travelled America back in June (I was also there in 2011, when data plans weren’t as easy to find for prepaid users) and I found that you have a much cheaper and a much easier system than we have in Australia.

        The T-Mobile service I picked up for $80 gave me unlimited calls and LTE data which was great because I could FaceTime (Audio and Video calls) back home to Aus for nothing….. I was even able to use a free roaming service when I went to Canada.

        For $80 AUD, I’d get around 3.5GB of 4G data and than it’ll be $10 per 1GB more after that. Not cheap at all.

      • therealjjohnson

        Apple cares about you going over your data? Thats the reason you think the wifi rule is there?

      • John

        If it’s not, regardless of the years and years of complaints by users, why do you think it’s there?

      • therealjjohnson

        Because wireless connections can be shotty at times. A timeout and restart could currupt the file you’re trying to download. And since this is an OS and not a game or other download, it important you keep a constant connection. That was my thinking at least. I could be wrong. I just don’t think apple cares about your data rates, the care more about no complaints with corrupted OS installs.

  • paul selleck

    I’m finding os2 a bit laggy. Don’t think we will see the full potential till developers update there apps. Abit disappointing so far.

  • JohannASSburg

    Watch app STILL says I’m up to date. WTF

    • Vipal Desai

      Same here.

  • Steve Brea

    My jailbreak is more important

  • Vipal Desai

    So I have been trying to update the watch since this afternoon with no luck . I constantly get “Your software is up to date.” I am updated to the most recent iOS9.1. Any suggestions?

    • Vipal Desai

      After playing around with the watch, I figured it out. Turns out I downloaded the profile for the watch iOS9 Beta program. Delete the profile, reset the watch, and you should be able to download it.

  • That_Fruitarian

    If you haven’t updated to Watchos2 already, I advise holding off. It’s chewing up battery life with the quickness(on both mine and my wife’s).

    • Husam Hamed

      Thanks for the updates.

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  • shaka

    Can you update the watch OS 2 using a phone running IOS 9, then un-pair it. re-pair with a phone that is running IOS 8.4?

    • Johnny Bravo

      Same question I had.

  • Barry Wilson

    Can a watch running os2 upgraded from an ios9 delvice then be paired with a jaillbroken iPhone running 8.4 ?