Apple today seeded the third beta of watchOS 6, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The third beta comes two weeks after the second beta and a month after Apple first unveiled the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

To install the watchOS 6 beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the beta can be downloaded using the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

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Installing the software requires the Apple Watch to have 50 percent battery. It also must be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the ‌iPhone‌. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device instead of a primary device given that this is an early version of the watchOS 6 software that still has bugs to be worked out.

watchOS 6 is a major update that offers up a long list of new features. First and foremost, there's an App Store right on the Apple Watch, so you can find and download new Apple Watch apps on your wrist.

Apple Watch apps no longer need to have an ‌iPhone‌ component, which means developers can create standalone Apple Watch apps for the first time. Apps are also able to take advantage of new APIs so you'll be able to do things like follow along with a workout or listen to streaming music from third-party services.

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There are several new watch faces in watchOS 6, including Numerals Mono and Duo with huge numbers, Modular Compact, a Gradient watch face that shifts over the course of a day, a Solar Dial watch face that visualizes the sun in a 24 hour path around the dial, and the California watch face with a mix of standard numbers and roman numerals.

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A new Taptic Chimes feature provides a silent touch on the wrist at every hour, and if sound is turned on, you'll hear an audible chime. You can also hold two fingers on the Apple Watch's display to hear the time spoken out loud.

There are new Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator apps, along with a new Noise app that warns you if you're exposed to sound that's too loud and a new Cycle Tracking app for period tracking. Activity Trends, visible on the ‌iPhone‌, are also available to chart your fitness progress and make sure your fitness trends are improving.

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New complications are available for wind speed, chance of rain, and the new Noise app, plus there's a Voice Memos complication for recording a memo quickly, a cellular strength complication, and a complication for the Calculator that opens up the app.

Siri can now provide full web search results right on the watch when asked a question, and for Mac users, the Apple Watch can now approve Mac security prompts.

When it launches in the fall, watchOS 6 will be available on all Apple Watch models with the exception of the original Apple Watch, released in 2015. For more on what's new in watchOS 6, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

Update: In watchOS 6 beta 3, some of the stock apps are now able to be deleted, a feature that was previously reported but is now activated. There are also multiple new colors for the California watch face.

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rjohnstone Avatar
64 months ago
OTA Watch OS update working.

EDIT: iPhone is still required for the final step of accepting license. :rolleyes:



Still needs to be on its charger to complete the process as well.

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Braderunner Avatar
64 months ago
Installed on Series 4 without issue. Remember to update your iphone to beta 3 before updating your watch.
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TrueBlou Avatar
64 months ago
How about the iPhone 7/7plus users? Can we update to this version? Thanks for the reply
Probably best holding off until B3 has been released for the iPhone 7/+, as Apple say to update the phone before the Watch. Best not to take chances, I’m sure B3 for the 7/+ won’t be too far behind.
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alancostello Avatar
64 months ago
Stock apps are now deletable on the watch, and the California face has been rejigged, you can now select from the standard band-related colour wheel, also the orange time hands have been removed from the white and blue faces on California.
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Valkyre Avatar
64 months ago
The california faces took a hit in this beta imo. Yes they offer more colored options but removing the orange time bands and highlighting the outer rim is a bad choice.
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JeanVis Avatar
64 months ago
The california faces took a hit in this beta imo. Yes they offer more colored options but removing the orange time bands and highlighting the outer rim is a bad choice.
I couldn't agree more. The much bolder/fatter pills for the seconds makes the California face a lot less chique. I hope they will revert it back. I was so happy with this new watch face, especially with a black background and the pills, as it was so perfect for more formal occasions. But I feel it is ruined now.
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