Apple Releases Second Beta of watchOS 7 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the second public beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 update to public beta testers, 10 days after seeding the first public beta and just a few days after seeding a new beta to developers.

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The watchOS 7 update can be downloaded after installing the proper profile from Apple's Public Beta website. watchOS 7 should not be installed on a primary device as it is still an early beta and there could be bugs, plus there is no way to downgrade back to watchOS 6.

watchOS 7 is a major update that introduces a new Sleep Tracking feature for the Apple Watch, which is designed to measure how long you're asleep as you wear the Apple Watch while sleeping.

It comes along with a Wind Down feature that helps you establish a bedtime routine to make it easier to fall asleep at night, as well as a Sleep Mode that turns on Do Not Disturb and dims the Apple Watch display.

The Apple Watch can also wake you up with haptic vibrations, providing a weather report in the morning as well as info on battery life so you can get your day started.

Along with these sleep tracking features, the Apple Watch has automatic handwashing detection that listens for the sound of running water and handwashing motions and then starts a 20-second timer so you can make sure you're washing your hands for the appropriate amount of time.

There's a new watch Face Sharing feature that lets you share watch faces with others and install new watch faces from the App Store, Messages, Mail, websites, and more.

There's a new Chronograph Pro face with tachymeter, updates to complications, and new workout options in the newly renamed Fitness app, which was previously the Activity app.

The Maps app now supports directions for cyclists, Siri provides spoken translations, and there's a Shortcuts app on the Apple Watch. For more on what's new in watcOS 7, make sure to check out our watchOS 7 roundup.

watchOS 7 is limited to the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5 models, and is not compatible with the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple_Robert Avatar
46 months ago

I wish I could run the watchOS beta without also running the iOS beta. I'm willing to run beta on my watch, but not on my "production/work-vital" iPhone.

I *REALLY* want the built-in sleep tracking (to see if it's better than Sleep++ or Pillow) and a few other features ASAP.
The Apple Sleep App is very rudimentary. It doesn’t show all the stats Pillow or AutoSleep does.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tribeaumes Avatar
46 months ago

I wish I could run the watchOS beta without also running the iOS beta. I'm willing to run beta on my watch, but not on my "production/work-vital" iPhone.

I *REALLY* want the built-in sleep tracking (to see if it's better than Sleep++ or Pillow) and a few other features ASAP.
The iOS 14 Beta has been surprisingly really good since the first version . By far the most stable pre-release in my opinion. No issues here other than maybe some keyboard lag.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
techno-Zen Avatar
46 months ago

I wish I could run the watchOS beta without also running the iOS beta. I'm willing to run beta on my watch, but not on my "production/work-vital" iPhone.

I *REALLY* want the built-in sleep tracking (to see if it's better than Sleep++ or Pillow) and a few other features ASAP.
iOS 14 has been incredibly stable.. do it
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crossifixio Avatar
46 months ago
Installed and ready to test! The first beta was very good. No major issues. My experience with the betas this year is overall very positive. The most stable ever!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheSkywalker77 Avatar
46 months ago
Yay!! The fun process of removing all my apps, photos, and podcasts from my watch for an update has begun!! Love my Series 3! :P

Seriously though, hopefully this beta is as good as the first one was for me. I haven't noticed any major bugs or slow downs despite having the oldest watch supported.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
techno-Zen Avatar
46 months ago
You first!
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