Apple Releases Fifth Beta of New watchOS 5 Operating System to Developers

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Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the fourth beta and more than a month after introducing the software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

To install the beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the watchOS 5 beta can be downloaded using the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update.


To update, the Apple Watch needs to have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on an Apple Watch charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone. It's best to install the beta on a secondary device instead of a primary device as betas often still have bugs to be worked out.

watchOS 5 is a significant update to the watchOS operating system, introducing Activity Competitions so you can compete on workouts with friends, Walkie-Talkie with push-to-talk functionality for quickly communicating with the people you talk to most, and auto workout detection to make it easier to start and stop workouts if you forget.

Other new features include an improved Siri watch face with support for third-party apps through Siri Shortcuts, a dedicated Apple Podcasts app, new Workout types that include Yoga and Hiking, new features for runners, WebKit support for viewing some web content on Apple Watch, and enhanced notifications, which will make notifications on the Apple Watch interactive.

watchOS 5 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers (because there's no way to downgrade Apple Watch software), so non-developers will need to wait until the software is officially released in the fall to try it out.

The watchOS 5 update runs on all Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 Apple Watch models, but it is not available for the first-generation "Series 0" Apple Watch models.

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30 months ago
Stop installing beta software?
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30 months ago

Really for me it is

Been there for me too. Series 2
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30 months ago
I hope sports scores in Siri finally work
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30 months ago

Reinstall the FaceTime application on your iOS 12 device and it'll show up :D

Amazing it worked I can’t believe all this time I wondered why it was gone, I never needed the app as the phone app can FaceTime is there a reason for the app that I don’t know of, but thanks all working now
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30 months ago

Still no Walkie Talkie its been removed i doubt it will be there for final release last few betas its gone

It’s been there for me through the last two betas. Not removed.
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