Apple Releases watchOS 7.1 With Mac Unlocking Fix, Headphone Audio Warnings, ECG in Korea and Russia

Apple today released watchOS 7.1, the first major update to the watchOS 7 operating system that was released back in September. watchOS 7.1 follows watchOS 7.0.2 and watchOS 7.0.3, which were bug fix updates.

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‌‌watchOS 7.1‌‌ can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. 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. Apple has also released watchOS 6.2.9 and watchOS 5.3.9 updates for older devices.

Today's update brings hearing health protections that lets the Apple Watch send a notification when connected headphones are playing music that's too loud and has the potential to damage the ears. The update also brings the ECG app to South Korea and Russia. Apple's full release notes for watchOS 7.1 are below:

watchOS 7.1 contains new features, improvements, and bug fixes.
- Adds the ability to be notified when your headphone audio level could impact your hearing
- Adds support for the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in the Republic of Korea and Russia
- Adds support for irregular heart rhythm notifications in the Republic of Korea and Russia
- Resolves an issue that prevented some users from unlocking a Mac with Apple Watch
- Fixes an issue where the screen may be dark on wrist raise for some Apple Watch Series 6 owners.

Like watchOS 7, watchOS 7.1 is compatible with the Apple Watch Series 3 and later. For more on what's included in watchPS 7, make sure to check out our watchOS 7 roundup.

Related Roundup: watchOS 8

Top Rated Comments

MrZippyUK Avatar
14 months ago
Won’t install on series 3 again due to lack of space. This is silly having to unpair watch to install an update.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
14 months ago
Hey... my watch hadn't been unlocking my mac - great to see this could be fixed up.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarpalMac Avatar
14 months ago
Bring back the force touch menus.

#keepsdreaming
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Patriks7 Avatar
14 months ago
I hope it also fixes the Stand function. Mine has been crazy inaccurate since watchOS 7.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PassingbyToday Avatar
14 months ago

Won’t install on series 3 again due to lack of space. This is silly having to unpair watch to install an update.
Instead of unparing, why don't you free up space by removing music, photos, applications. That would be the first thing I'd consider before unpairing and re paring the watch.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
14 months ago

Will this, along with 14.2, finally allow my Apple Watch S4 to update? I’ve been stuck on 7.0 for weeks. I get an error that it could not verify, not connected to the internet or something like that. Very frustrating.
I guess you will have to try it... if you haven’t done so yet, I’d suggest an unpair/re-pair prior to trying to update
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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