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How to install the watchOS 9 beta on your Apple Watch

Want to install the latest beta for watchOS on your Apple Watch? These are the steps that you need to follow to enjoy the newest features.

During its recent Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple officially unveiled watchOS 9 – the next software update for compatible Apple Watch devices, bringing with it a bevy of features including more in-depth sleep tracking and heart rate zones during workouts.

While a general release version of watchOS 9 won’t be available for some time, it is possible to download the unfinished beta version right now. If you want to hop on board the beta then these are the steps you need to follow.

What you’ll need

  • An Apple Watch 4 or later
  • An iPhone 6s or later

The short version

  • Download the Apple Developer app from the App Store
  • Go to Account, tap ‘Enroll Now’, and sign in with your Apple ID
  • Complete your details and pay £78.99 ($99 in the US)
  • Open the Apple Developer portal and sign in
  • Tap ‘Install Profile’ to get the latest developer beta
  • Open the ‘Watch’ app and tap ‘General’
  • Tap ‘Software Update’ and install the watchOS 9 beta
  1. Step

    Download the Developer app from the App Store

    Open up the App Store, and search for Developer. Then, download the app so you can get started.

  2. Step

    Go to Account, tap ‘Enroll Now’, and sign in with your Apple ID

    Once the app has been installed, tap on the Account tab at the bottom and choose ‘Enroll Now’. You’ll have to sign in with your Apple ID at this point.

  3. Step

    Complete your details and pay £78.99

    You’ll then be given the option to sign up for the Program, but you will have to pay up £78.99 ($99 in the US) to be able to do this.

  4. Step

    Open the Apple Developer portal and sign in

    Having agreed to the terms, now you need to open up the Apple Developer portal and sign in to get access to the beta.ios 15

  5. Step

    Tap ‘Install Profile’ to get the latest developer beta

    You then need to tap the ‘Install Profile’ option in order to download it, and reboot your Apple Watch when asked to do so. The restart Apple logo screen that appears on Apple Watch 6 after restart

  6. Step

    Open the ‘Watch’ app and tap ‘General’

    To locate the watchOS update, you’ll have to tap on the ‘Watch’ app to open it. Once the app is onscreen, simply tap on the ‘General’ tab to be brought into the settings for the Apple Watch.

  7. Step

    Tap ‘Software Update’ and install the watchOS 9 beta

    Tap on ‘Software Update’ thereafter and you should see the watchOS 9 beta appear on the screen. Tap ‘Download and Install’ to initiate the install process, which, upon completion should mean that your Apple Watch is now running the developer beta for watchOS 9.

Can I get the watchOS 9 beta for free?

To be in the initial batch of testers to use watchOS 9, you have to pay for the developer access. However, if you don’t mind waiting until a later date, you can enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program to gain access during the free public beta.

When will the final version of watchOS 9 be available?

Apple has yet to specify any details for a release date for watchOS 9, but based on previous years and the fact that a new version of watchOS is typically released to coincide with a new Apple Watch, we anticipate the software to be made available in September 2022.

Is it safe to download the watchOS 9 beta?

There’s always a risk when downloading a UI that’s still being tested, so to ensure that you don’t come across any irreversible issues, we recommend backing up your most precious bits of data beforehand.

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