A first public beta for watchOS 8 can be downloaded, providing users with the opportunity of trying out the new features that will be available on the Apple Watch Series 3,4,5,6 and the SE devices that will be released later this year.
The early build of the operating system features respiratory sleep tracking, updated workout modes, and multi-timer support, plus some changes to apps like photos, FindMy, Apple Music, and Weather.
There are numerous enhancements added in watchOS8, all of which can be consulted by iPhone users running on the iOS 15 beta.
We suggest that you don’t get the iOS 15 or watchOS 8 betas on your daily device, as some bugs make the experience unreliable for the moment.
To install watchOS 8 public beta, you have to follow these steps:
- Ensure that your devices are topped up on electricity, paired, and close to each other.
- On your iPhone (running on iOS 15), open beta.apple.com.
- Tap on “Get Started” and sign in with your credentials.
- Navigate to the “watchOS” tab and tap “Download profile.” If prompted, allow the Download.
- Select the “install” option when prompted and follow the instructions on the screen.
- When prompted, allow the device to restart.
After the watch reboots, you can download the watchOS 8 update.
You can do that in two ways:
- On the Apple Watch, navigate to Settings -> General -> Software Update -> Download and install
- In the Apple Watch App on your phone, navigate to General -> Software Update -> Download and install
From that point you only have to follow the on-screen instructions.
When the installation is finished, a prompt will appear to request a restart.
After the restart is finished, you are all good to go!