watchOS beta Software Installation Guide

Beta versions of watchOS software are available to develop apps that take advantage of the latest features of watchOS and to test existing apps for compatibility.

Beta software is intended only for installation on development devices registered with your Apple Developer Program membership. Make sure to back up your devices before installing beta software. Attempting to install this version of watchOS in an unauthorized manner could put your device in an unusable state and necessitate an out of warranty repair.

NOTE: Registered development devices will be able to upgrade to future beta releases and the final watchOS software.

System Requirements

watchOS 4 beta requires iPhone 5s or later running iOS 11 beta.

Installing watchOS beta Software on Your Device

  1. To update the software on your Apple Watch, you'll need to:
    • Make sure your Apple Watch has at least a 50 percent charge.
    • Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.
    • Keep your iPhone next to your Apple Watch to make sure they're in range.
    • Your iPhone must be running iOS 11 beta to install watchOS 4 beta.
  2. Download the Configuration Profile from the Apple Developer download page.

    On your iOS device: Download the Configuration Profile directly on your iOS device and follow the installation instructions.

    On your Mac or PC: Save the file to your hard disk and email it to an account on your iPhone. Tap the Configuration Profile in Mail and follow the installation instructions.

  3. After launching the profile, tap Apple Watch as the installation location then reboot when prompted.
  4. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch > General > Software Update.
  5. If asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter the passcodes.
  6. Wait for the Apple logo with progress bar to appear. When the update finishes, your Apple Watch will restart.
  7. In the event your device restarts into recovery, please visit support.apple.com for assistance.

Reporting Feedback

To report any bugs, use the Apple Bug Reporter on the Apple Developer website. Additionally, you may find information in the watchOS beta area of the Apple Developer Forums.

Apple Watch displays a red "!" icon.

You should force restart your Apple Watch if it's displaying a red "!" icon. To force restart your Apple Watch, press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, then release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.

If force restarting your Apple Watch doesn't resolve the issue, contact Apple for service.

Contacting Apple Support

If your Apple Watch continues to display the red "!" icon, restarts into recovery mode, or exhibits other issues that require it to be restored with the current version of watchOS, you need to send it in to Apple Support. Apple Authorized Service Providers and Apple retail stores cannot perform this service. Visit Apple Support and follow these steps:

  1. Select Apple Watch.
  2. Select Send in for Service.
  3. Select Setup & Usage.
  4. Select Updating my Apple Watch OS.
  5. Select Talk to Apple Support Now.

Once your device is received by Apple Support, it may take up to 3 business days to be serviced. You will get back the same device you sent in. This service is currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, UK, and US.