Apple Releases watchOS 8.7.1 for Apple Watch Series 3 [Updated]

Apple today released watchOS 8.7.1, a minor update to the watchOS 8 operating system that launched in September 2021. watchOS 8.7.1 comes a month after the launch of watchOS 8.7, and it focuses on bug fixes. The watchOS 8.7.1 update is only available for Apple Watch Series 3 models, and those who have a newer Apple Watch will not see the update.

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watchOS ‌8.7.1 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.

According to Apple's release notes for the update, watchOS 8.7.1 fixes a bug that could cause the Apple Watch Series 3 to unexpectedly restart for some users.

watchOS 8.7.1 is expected to be one of the final updates to the watchOS 8 operating system as Apple has now shifted focus to watchOS 9, the latest version of watchOS set to be released this fall.

Related Roundup: watchOS 9

Top Rated Comments

BigBlur Avatar
7 weeks ago
It’s right on Apple’s site stating 8.7.1 is only for Series 3. Surprised no has has said this yet, or even mentioned in the article.


https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222

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dadiy Avatar
7 weeks ago
Not showing for me yet.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
metalsiren Avatar
7 weeks ago
yep dont see it either and I have a series 6 if that matters
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrsmith1 Avatar
7 weeks ago
Not turned up yet.….
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xpxp2002 Avatar
7 weeks ago
I got iOS and iPadOS 15.6.1 for a myriad of devices, but still not seeing watchOS 8.7.1 show up yet.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dadiy Avatar
7 weeks ago
I think this is a ploy by macrumours to give us a heads up to charge our watches in preparation.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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