Apple today released watchOS 6.1.2, the fourth update to the watchOS 6 operating system designed to run on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 6.1.2 comes more than a month after the release of watchOS 6.1.1.

‌‌‌watchOS 6‌‌‌.1.2 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated ‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

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

There were no new features found during the watchOS 6.1.2 beta testing period, and according to Apple's release notes, the update "provides important security updates and is recommended for all users."

For more detail on the features included in the overall ‌watchOS 6‌ software release, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

Tyler23 Avatar
32 months ago
Hopefully this helps with battery life. It’s been horrendous on my Series 4 since watch OS 6.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shady825 Avatar
32 months ago

Hopefully this helps with battery life. It’s been horrendous on my Series 4 since watch OS 6.
100% same experience. I’ve gone as far as turning every notification off and as much options as I can. I just leave text and a few essentials enabled but it’s just terrible.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shady825 Avatar
32 months ago

Same here. Usually I don't notice battery drain after updates as much as others report, but I'm clearly noticing an extreme difference. I'm talking going from 55%+ by the end of a long day to 10% remaining. I keep checking my watch display to see if it is stuck or if winter long sleeves are activating it more frequently.
Literally the same. I’ve never noticed significant difference between OS updates but with 6 it’s been crazy. I used to be able to get always 2 days sometimes 3 or a little more on a charge. Now I barely make the day
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bviktor Avatar
32 months ago

I have 1225 songs on my iPhone. Didn’t realize it was even an issue.
Did you actually verify that all 1225 songs are on the Watch? General / About / Songs

Regarding battery life, I don't know what you guys are on, my Watch 5 easily goes through 2 days. No kidding. I also go for a half-marathon every week without my phone, that means about 2.5 hours of workout (GPS + HR) + BT music playback, then I indeed have to charge by the end of the day, but even then, it sits around 10-20% still.

The only trick is that I don't install any apps. Why would I bother, my phone is usually within BT distance, so notifications are synced anyway. I have only 2 apps installed, BMW Connected Drive (which I don't use anyway because LTE is dead in my car for whatever reason) and Smart Life for quickly turning the lights on and off from my Watch. That's it. No friggin' constantly running in the background, battery draining cr@p.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Seanm87 Avatar
32 months ago

So weird how some people have battery drain and some don't. My Series 4 on 6 lasts for about a day and a half before it needs charged
same here. Although strangely it seems to drain faster when it isn't on my wrist as opposed to when it is. Which doesn't make any sense to me. In theory it shouldn't drain at all when not being worn.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Seoras Avatar
32 months ago

So weird how some people have battery drain and some don't. My Series 4 on 6 lasts for about a day and a half before it needs charged
Same here. I recently changed from a S0 to a 2nd hand S4 and the battery life is amazing. 2 days.
I charge mine every night and occasionally wear it sleeping to make sure I'm sleeping ok.
Can't fault the battery life.
Can fault the Music App which is buggy as hell. Fingers crossed 6.1.2 fixes that.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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