You want to update your Apple Watch to the latest WatchOS version, but you don’t see any update in the Watch app of your iPhone even when Apple has rolled out an update for Apple Watch devices. This post highlights issues with Apple Watch that won’t update or shows a WatchOS update error. You are certain there is an update available for your Apple Watch, but due to some reasons, you cannot install the update. If you are encountering the problem, read on this post to know what to do get your Apple Watch update again.
How to Troubleshoot WatchOS Update Errors
Updates problem are usually related to network connectivity and invalid settings. There are other factors that cause the update to fail, including update server unavailability, rogue apps or Apple ID account. These are just software issues and can be fixed with a few applicable workarounds.
You also make sure that your Apple Watch has at least 50% battery, if not, connect it to the charger while updating.
When you are done, you can try to perform one of these subsequent methods to solve update errors you encounter while updating your Apple Watch through your iPhone.
Solution 1: Restart Your Apple Watch
Sometimes, it could just be a minor glitch on your Apple Watch, which can be fixed just by a simple restart. If you haven’t done yet, you should perform a simple restart as the first solution. Here’s how to perform a restart on your Apple Watch that won’t update.
- On your Watch, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Power Off command.
- Drag the slider to power off your
- After 1 minute, press the Side button and release it when the Apple logo shows up.
If your Watch gets stuck on the downloading /updating screen, you should perform a force restart instead. Simply follow these steps below:
- Press and hold the Side button as well as Digital Crown on your Watch for 10 seconds.
- Release them when you see the Apple logo on your Watch.
Wait for your Watch to connect to Wi-Fi. When it’s done, try updating your Watch again through your iPhone.
Solution 2: Restart Your Paired iPhone
Your phone also requires a reset to get rid of corrupted update files, causing conflicts to your recent update. To restart your iPhone, just follow these steps below:
- Press and hold the Power button along with one of two Volume buttons until you see the Power Off slider.
- Drag the slider to completely power off your paired iPhone.
- After 1 minute, press the Power button again when the Apple logo shows up.
Once your phone boots up, connect to Wi-Fi again and try to download WatchOS update for your Watch again. Make sure to keep your Watch turned on during the update.
Solution 3: Disable restrictions on your iPhone
Restrictions on your iPhone can also cause problems for updates. To ensure it will not prevent your iPhone from downloading the WatchOS update for your Watch, disable restrictions through settings of your iPhone. Follow these steps below:
- OpenSettings app from the Home screen.
- Tap onScreen Time.
- Toggle off the switch next to Content & Privacy Restrictions.
Now, try to download watchOS update after the restrictions are turned off on your iPhone and check if the update already working.
Solution 4: Refresh wireless connections to fix update error
The Internet connection that your Watch and your iPhone are connecting to should be stable so that it cannot cause the watchOS update error. This error can be triggered by Internet connectivity issues due to slow internet or no Internet connection. There are a few ways you can do to refresh the internet connection on both your iPhone and Apple Watch.
To refresh Internet connection on your iPhone, just follow these steps below:
- OpenSettings app from the Home screen
- Scroll down and tap on Wi-Fi.
- Toggle the switch to turn it off.
- Wait for a few seconds and toggle the Wi-Fi switch on
You can also refresh both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection on your iPhone by enabling AirPlain Mode:
- OpneSettings app from the Home screen
- Tap on the Airplane Mode
- Toggle the switch ON. All the wireless functions of your paired iPhone will be disabled.
- While it’s turned on, restart your iPhone
- After the reboot, return to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu and toggle it off.
Make sure to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi to download available updates.
On your Apple Watch, you can refresh the Internet connection through Wi-Fi and Airplane Mode tricks.
To disable Wi-Fi on Apple Watch 4, follow these steps below:
- LaunchSettings apps on your Apple Watch.
- Tap on Wi-Fi to turn it on if it’s disabled. Your Watch will search for available networks.
- Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. Since your Apple Watch is only compatible with a 2.4 GHz wireless network, make sure to connect your Watch with the right network.
- When you are prompted, enter the password of your Watch.
You can also use Scribble to type the text into your Apple Watch with your finger. Simply tap on Scribble then enter the text into the box. If you want predictive text, just enable the Digital Crown.
Toggle Airplane Mode on your Apple Watch, follow these steps below:
- Hold on the bottom of the screen on your Watch to open up Control Center.
- Tap on Airplane Mode icon to turn on the feature.
- Once it’s toggled on, power off your Apple Watch.
- After 1 minute, power your Watch back on and then toggle the Airplane Mode switch to off.
You can also turn on Airplane Mode through Settings of your Apple Watch. Simply follow these steps below to do that:
- OpenSettings app from the main screen
- ChooseAirplane Mode and turn it on. All wireless features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will also be disabled.
- After a few seconds, toggle Airplane Mode switch again to disable it.
After it’s reconnected, try to download and install the latest watchOS update in the Watch app on your iPhone for your Apple Watch.
Solution 5: Delete WatchOS beta profiles from your device
There is a chance that you have already downloaded a beta profile of the newer watchOS update, but it got corrupted. If that happens, you should delete the corrupted beta file so that you can update your Apple Watch. To check and delete any watchOS beta profiles, follow these steps below:
- From the Home screen of your iPhone, tap onSettings.
- Tap on General > iPhone Storage to view all saved contents on your phone.
- Scroll all the way to find out the WatchOS file in the list and select it.
- Tap on the option to Delete Update.
- Confirm your selection to delete the beta WatchOS file
Once you delete the watchOS update file, perform a restart on your iPhone to clear out caches from its internal memory. After that, try to download the latest watchOS version for your Apple Watch again and check whether it’s already successful. If you are encountering a watchOS update error, you need to rule out other factors.
Solution 6: Reset network settings on your iPhone & Apple Watch
Sometimes, update errors are caused by invalid network settings both on your Watch and the paired iPhone. Thus, if none of the mentioned methods helped you, you should consider ruling out this option to get positive results. To solve network errors, performing a network settings reset on both your phone as well as your Apple Watch. Here’s how to do that:
- OpenSettings from your Apple Watch home
- Tap on General > Reset from the available option
- SelectReset Network Settings and confirm your selection
Repeat the steps above to reset network settings on your iPhone and remove random network glitches that have prevented your iPhone from downloading and installing the latest watchOS version on your Watch. Remember to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi again after the reset is done so that you can connect to the Internet and use online services.
Couldn’t you still update WatchOS on your Apple Watch?
If your Apple Watch cannot still install the WatchOS update after performing all the solutions above, then there might be a problem with the update server. There is a chance that the update server is currently not available due to some difficulties. In this case, you should verify all these possibilities contacting Apple Support for further help.
If you think the problem is related to a complex system error, then you should consider a factory reset. You can format your iPhone and your Watch and then restore them to the factory default settings and set up everything as new. Make sure to back up the important data from your iPhone since it will be deleted during the process. If you prefer to, back it up to iCloud or iTunes.