Apple Releases watchOS 7.6.1 With Security Updates

Apple today released watchOS 7.6.1, a minor update to the watchOS 7 operating system that was released in September 2020. watchOS 7.6.1 comes two weeks after the release of watchOS 7.6, an update that brought ECG capabilities to new regions.

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‌‌The watchOS 7.6.1 update‌‌ 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.

According to Apple's release notes, the watchOS 7.6.1 update includes important security updates and it is recommended for all users. An Apple security support document indicates that the update fixes a memory issue that may have been actively exploited in the wild, so Apple Watch users should upgrade as soon as possible. This is the same issue that Apple previously addressed in iOS 14.7.1 and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1.

Related Roundup: watchOS 9

Top Rated Comments

danny1305 Avatar
20 months ago

I'm getting really tired of the frequent Apple Watch updates. Updating my wife's Apple Watch 3 is painful.

Get it together Apple.
They don’t update it, you complain. They do update it, you complain. There just is no pleasing some people
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikeenglish Avatar
20 months ago

They don’t update it, you complain. They do update it, you complain. There just is no pleasing some people
Exactly!! Some people! Either update your wife or get an Apple Watch 6!
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mookc1 Avatar
20 months ago

Exactly!! Some people! Either update your wife or get an Apple Watch 6!
"She will be the most powerful wife we've ever produced" - Apple Marketing
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tridley68 Avatar
20 months ago
Thanks Apple for providing the most current updates.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kytiger Avatar
20 months ago

They don’t update it, you complain. They do update it, you complain. There just is no pleasing some people
Got a link for me complaining if they don't update?

The real problem here is they have a currently marketed product that doesn't update correctly. So updates are painful. I'll definitely keep complaining about that. Every time.

What a joke.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
20 months ago

Cons of owning a bunch of Apple products: I now have to update 4 devices each time an update comes out.
Flip side is, I'm happy to buy from a company that actually has updates for non-current hardware.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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