The major watchOS 7 update unlocks additional capabilities for the Apple Watch, but the software does not support all the models of Apple’s wearable device. Consult this official device compatibility list before attempting to update your Apple Watch to watchOS 7.
About watchOS 7 update
Apple previewed the first developer-only beta of watchOS 7 during its online-only WWDC 2020 keynote, which was held on Monday, June 22, 2020. Even though it won’t release publicly before the fall, Apple’s officially listed all the supported Apple Watch models for watchOS 7.
In short, both Series 1 and Series 2 models of the Apple Watch lack the system resources to run the watchOS 7 software compared to the system requirements for the watchOS 6 update. Should you happen to own one of these older Apple Watch models, chances are you’ll be missing out on the watchOS 7 update unless you upgrade to a newer model.
To learn more about watchOS 7, visit apple.com/watchos/watchos-preview.
Like before, certain watchOS 7 features may be limited to newer Apple Watch models. Additionally, some features may be unavailable in certain regions or languages.
watchOS 7 system requirements
The following smart watch models from Apple are officially supported by watchOS 7:
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
For further details on watchOS updates, visit Apple’s website.
Other system requirements
We also have device compatibility lists for other Apple OS updates:
- iOS and iPadOS 14 system requirements
- macOS 11.0 Big Sur system requirements
- tvOS 14 system requirements
These updates are releasing publicly in the fall.
How to identify Apple Watch models
If you’re unsure about the precise model of your Apple wearable device, read our tutorial to learn how to quickly and easily identify your Apple Watch model. To update your supported Apple Watch to watchOS 7, you’ll also need an compatible iPhone running iOS 14.
Be sure to watch this space as iDownloadBlog will be making sure to update this device compatibility list with any supported new Apple Watch models as soon as they’re released.