watchOS 2.1 for Apple Watch is out with new language support and bug fixes

By , Dec 8, 2015

watchOS 2.1 updated prompt

In a flurry of software updates released today, Apple hasn’t forgotten about the Apple Watch. The new watchOS 2.1 software update is available for your watch, bringing out new language support and bug fixes to improve your experience.

Available through the companion Watch app on your iPhone, the 57.1-megabyte download introduces an expanded support for system languages, adds support for right-to-left user interface, Siri dictation in Arabic and more.

In terms of bug fixes, the software fixes issues with the Calendar complication not updating properly, third-party apps refusing to open, the time not displaying in Power Reserve mode and fixes some instability problems when changing the system language.

To read about everything that’s changed in this release of watchOS, check out the following section.

watchOS 2.1 changelog

Apple lists the following improvements and fixes in watchOS 2.1:

  • Adds support for system language in Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Malay, Portuguese (Portugal) and Vietnamese.
  • Adds support for Right-to-Left user interface
  • Adds ability to switch between Latin and Hindi numerals for Arabic
  • Adds a new complication for Islamic and Hebrew Calendars
  • Adds support for Siri and dictation in Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
  • Adds support for dictation in English (Malaysia), Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Portuguese (Portugal) and Vietnamese
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent events from updating in the Calendar complication
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent the time from displaying in Power Reserve mode
  • Addresses issues that could prevent third-party apps from launching
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent third-party app icons from displaying correctly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause instability when changing the system language

Security content of the watchOS 2.1 update is listed here.

How to apply watchOS 2.1 update

To install this update on your Apple Watch, use the companion Watch app on your iPhone. Just go to My Watch → Software Update and you should see the update prompt. If not, wait a little until the changes have propagated to the part of the world where you live in.

Make sure your watch is in range of its connected iPhone, which must be connected to Wi-Fi, hooked up to its charging disc and charged at least fifty percent.

Otherwise, the update won’t install.

For more information on updating your Apple Watch’s software, consult this FAQ.

What else did Apple release today?

In addition to watch OS 2.1, Apple today released the following software updates for public consumption: iOS 9.2 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, OS X 10.11.2 for Macs running El Capitan and tvOS 9.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Oh, and tech headlines were dominated this morning by an unexpected release of a brand new Apple accessory, the $99 Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, and an updated version of the firm’s Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader which now supports USB 3.0 transfer speeds on the iPad Pro.

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  • Wonder if this also fixes the Login to Icloud prompt glitch? My watch does this every morning when I turn it back on. It says login to your cloud.. blah blah blah.. then relays back to my phone. I try logging in and it doesn’t work, just shakes on the screen. Hopefully the phone update and watch update fix this issue. Otherwise I’ll just have to try resetting my watch. Nice to see all these updates today though.

  • Furrnace

    Anyone know which iOS version is required in order to work with watchOS 2.1? With 2.0.1, you needed at least iOS 9.0.2 for it.

    • diggitydang

      I’m also interested… it appears that the software update is AVAILABLE to download and install, even though I’m on 9.0.2… I just wonder if after I update to it, if it will cause issues because the phone is still on that older firmware.

      Anyone know?

      • Alexander Figueroa

        Anyone ???

      • Furrnace

        In this thread, @@matthewmspace:disqus said he did. I’m sure for the people who are not wanting to update past 9.0.2, their reasons are the same as mine–we want to keep our jailbreak! Am I right??

      • diggitydang

        I just went ahead and did it while holding my breath. Looks good so far.

      • like-like

        any one updated his watch while he is iPhone still on ios 9.0.2??

      • diggitydang

        I just held my breath and did it. Doesn’t look like there are any issues right now.

      • like-like

        loooool me too about two hours ago but my watch wasnt updated , it still showing os 2.0.1

        don’t know why 🙁

      • like-like

        for those who is searching if watch os2.1 working with ios 9.0.2 , just go ahead and update its been ok for me working 100% good

      • Furrnace

        Yeah, I updated to watchOS 2.1 and my iPhone 6s Plus is on 9.0.2 as well–no issues.

    • Worked for me on 9.0.2.

    • like-like

      any one?

  • Nick Greenway

    TYPO: ” the 57.1-megabyte introduces”

  • iPhoneWINS

    That silver iWatch wth silver band is the on one that looks okay