Apple is making watchOS 7 available in public beta starting today. It's the first time Apple has released a public beta for its smartwatches that you can try out before it's final. It connects to a few other operating systems that Apple currently has in public preview, including iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur.
We will walk you through the introduction of the new software on your Apple Watch.
What you should know about watchOS 7 before installing the beta
Before you even start, you Got to Install the iOS 14 Public Beta Preview on your iPhone to get the watchOS 7 beta software. Instructions can be found here. The watchOS 7 beta requires a phone with the latest beta software to be used and the following steps to be performed from that iPhone.
Now more about the actual software. Apple's watchOS 7 for Apple Watch has the much-anticipated sleep tracking feature, as well as a redesigned fitness app that supports more types of movement, including dancing. As for sleep tracking, apparently you can set a bedtime and wake-up alarm, and a new wind-down mode works with your iPhone to turn off notifications and activate smart home presets to get you in a more relaxed mood.
To name just a few other highlights: The new watchOS 7 update supports cycling instructions, and watch faces can now receive more comprehensive combinations of complications. The software can also automatically detect hand washing (by movement and the sound of water) and start a timer for you.
Can my Apple Watch run watchOS 7?
The new watchOS 7 software is not available on every Apple Watch model. In particular, Apple has discontinued important software updates for the Series 1 and 2 watches. This public beta is only available for Series 3 or newer smartwatches.
How to download the watchOS 7 beta
- First of all, you need to make sure that your iPhone is running the iOS 14 Public Beta. So if you need to catch up, follow these instructions. (Hint: you will too need to do the following from the iPhone that your Apple Watch is paired with.)
- If you're not signed into Apple's beta portal on your iPhone, you can sign up here.
- Click watchOS, the option on the far right of the Apple Guide to Public Betas page. From there, click the drop-down menu at the top of the page and select "Register Devices".
- The next step is to download the beta profile for your Apple Watch from your iPhone. As mentioned on the website, you can activate this downloaded profile by then going to Settings> General> Profiles and Device Management. When you've found the new profile, click Install.
- If automatic updates are enabled on your Apple Watch, you will be notified that the public beta software is available for download through the Watch app on the iPhone. Otherwise, to check for the update manually, open the Apple Watch app on the iPhone, tap My Watch, and navigate from General to Software Update to start the installation.