Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 6.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1 beta to developers, a little under a week after releasing the watchOS 6 update with full App Store, new Apple Watch faces, and more.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌Apple Watch‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.


To install the update, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the ‌iPhone‌.

It's not yet clear what features will be introduced in the watchOS 6.1 update, but we'll be updating this article when we find out.

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11 weeks ago
Hopefully it offers the ability to return to managing apps through the iPhone. It’s great to have a separate app store, but the larger screen is still the right place to find the apps in most cases.
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11 weeks ago
Please don’t forget about series 1&2 owners Apple!
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11 weeks ago
Can someone confirm watchOS 6.1 supporting Shortcuts or not? Thanks.
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11 weeks ago
So 13.1 for iOS is tomorrow. iPadOS 13.0 is tomorrow? WatchOS 6.1 is obviously a ways away and TVOS may come out tomorrow or on the 30th? MacOS is just "October"? This has all gotten very confusing suddenly.
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11 weeks ago
Support Series 1 & 2
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11 weeks ago


Hopefully it offers the ability to return to managing apps through the iPhone. It’s great to have a separate app store, but the larger screen is still the right place to find the apps in most cases.

Worth noting that you can still find apps for the watch on the iPhone App Store app. I wish it were still in the watch app, as that seems the logical place for it, but you can still find watch apps on the iPhone if need be.
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11 weeks ago
Anyone else have battery life issues with watchOS 6? I installed on my S4 and my battery life was cut in half. I figured out that it was the new Noise monitoring feature. I had a complication of it on my watch face and I turned the Noise feature off completely and battery life is back to normal. Need to test it with the Noise feature on, but not display the complication on the watch face to see if it is the feature or it was the constant monitoring of the complication that was causing the drain.
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11 weeks ago


Please don’t forget about series 1&2 owners Apple!

This new beta shows up for the series 1.
Who’s first?
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11 weeks ago


That’s great to know! How is the raise to wake on 6.1? My series 3 sometimes has a 1-2 second lag before the screen comes on on 6.0

Seems perfect to me! I had a several instances on 6.0 where raise to wake wouldn’t work, so I’d tap the screen to wake it and it still wouldn’t work. Then I’d press the Digital Crown a couple times and that would wake the screen finally. I haven’t experienced that yet on 6.1, but it’s only been a couple hours. Still don’t know battery life compared to 6.0 either.
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