Questions tagged [watchos]

watchOS is the operating system designed specifically for Apple Watch, Apple's first foray into wearable computing devices. This tag should be used for questions relating to the software used on Watch.

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Watch refuses to update watchOS 7 on iOS 14.8

Having updated an iPhone from iOS 14.3 to iOS 14.8, the paired Apple Watch should be able to update from watchOS 7.3.3 to a newer version of watchOS 7. According to https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/...
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Application uploaded to apple watch stops working after a couple of days

I upload the application to my apple watch using xcode 'run' button when connected to my watch. It works fine for a couple of days and then stops responding. When I reupload it it starts working again....
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How to see what is draining Apple Watch battery

My Apple Watch 6’s battery recently drops very rapidly, like 1 hr to drop from 100% to less than 50%. Considering that it was not like that before and can use for a whole day and that I don’t do ...
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iOS does not alert to texts if macOS is in DND

I have had a chronic issue with inconsistent alerts flowing through my Apple ecosystem, and I think I might have just figured out why. I have a 2018 MBP, and original iPhone SE, and an Apple Watch ...
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Apple Watch made a long phone call to an invalid number of a long string containing characters

Here's something weird that I experienced today. It's about my Apple Watch. Normally, when having a phone call, the interface is displayed both on the iPhone and the Apple Watch if the person uses ...
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Apple Watch Series 3 refusing to charge only at night

I unplugged my watch (watchOS 8, Series 3, 38mm, Bought in 2020) yesterday and put it on. It was on nightstand mode with the clock & green lightning bolt indicating it was charging (the screen was ...
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How does Apple Watch calculate a new Smart Move Goal?

I've noticed that on the Monday after I get a Perfect Week (Move) award, my Apple Watch (SE; watchOS 7) prompts me with a new Smart Move Goal. However, this week I was perplexed to see that my ...
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Why is my watch telling me when the next sunrise will be instead of when the next sunset will be?

It is 7 PM here in Los Angeles, and there are at least 40 minutes of daytime left. Therefore, on the bottom left of my watch, it should tell me when the sunset is going to be. Instead of that, it is ...
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Apple Watch series 6 battery draining

hello to apple community. I just bought a new series 6 Apple Watch but I think the battery drains so fast! for example when it is in sleep in about 2 hours it uses 4% battery I just wanted to know if ...
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Apple Watch Series 3 "Cannot Install Update" due to available storage

I'm attempting to update an Apple Watch Series 3 to watchOS 7.4 via Software Update. When I Download and Install the update, I get the error message: Cannot Install Update To install the watchOS ...
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How to view an image full screen on an Apple Watch with no UI showing

I need to be able to display an image (or video) full screen on an Apple Watch, without displaying any UI. Opening an image in Photos shows a small watch icon in the bottom left corner. Opening it ...
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Ways to find out uptime of Apple Watch?

Having to enter a PIN code could possibly mean that wristband wasn't tight enough. Or Apple Watch booted. That question could be easy to answer had Apple provided uptime information directly. Alas, ...
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Disable magic switch to Apple watch

I have had a mt Apple watches for 4 years now (first a series 2 now a series 4) and I always have the following issue: When I active Siri on the watch with my AirPods connected to iPhone (and ...
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Apple Watch won't update to watchOS 7 (update couldn't be verified, your device is not connected to the internet)

iPhone 7 w/ iOS 14.1, Apple Watch Series 5 I've been trying for some weeks now to update my Apple Watch to watchOS 7. Every time I try to install, whether I initiate the installation from the Settings ...
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Apple Watch 6 blood oxygen measurement said I had hypoxia when I in reality was fine. How to know if reading is taken in optimal conditions?

TL;DR: How can I know if the SpO2 reading is in fact taken in optimal conditions ?
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What is this icon with a square and a waveform in Apple Watch Control Center?

I noticed this icon in Control Center on my Apple Watch recently and didn’t recognize it. It’s not listed on Apple’s support pages about Control Center (a b). UPDATE: This page now includes this icon. ...
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Is there any way to use sleep mode on WatchOS 7 without do not disturb activating on my iPhone?

I want to use my Apple Watch for sleep tracking, and want to use sleep mode so the watch display is completely off while I sleep. However, I need my iPhone to NOT turn on Do Not Disturb (I need to be ...
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Unable to update to watchOS 7

I’m having a lot of trouble (and have spent the better part of a day) trying to upgrade to watchOS 7 (on a Series 5, with iOS 14 installed on the paired iPhone). It takes probably an hour or so to “...
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My iPad's MAC address seems to have changed with the iPadOS 14 update. Is this normal?

I was looking at my Ubiquiti UniFi controller webpage and noticed that my iPad Pro 10.5 was seen as a new device. I went to the Insights tab and saw that it has two entries, with two different MAC ...
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Customizing Wallpaper for Apple Watch Infograph Watch Face?

I wanted to create a watch face that has a customizable wallpaper, and 8 complications like the Infograph watch face. According to this page, the only customizable feature of Infograph watch face is ...
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Why does the Watch app on my iPhone state that my apps will need to be updated during setup when I already have the latest versions installed?

When pairing an Apple Watch to my iPhone, I've noticed that even though the App Store lists all of my apps being up-to-date, the Watch app on my iPhone states that several of my iOS apps will be ...
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How can I make it as easy as possible for someone to make an emergency call?

My mother-in-law lives with us and is in poor health. She is wheelchair bound and has COPD, needing assistance with an oxygen compressor and oxygen tanks. In recent weeks, there have been a few ...
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From a technical point-of-view, how is the Apple Watch able to unlock doors?

When the original Apple Watch was released back in April 2015, one of the features that appeared to get lots of attention at the time was the ability for the Watch to unlock doors (https://9to5mac.com/...
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When enabling Water Lock on the Apple Watch, do the hardware buttons also stop responding to input?

When using an Apple Watch Series 2 or later, there's an option that can be activated from within the Control Center that locks all screen input; this is useful when swimming whilst wearing the Watch, ...
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Apple Watch Update Error

My Apple Watch Series 2 refuses to update to WatchOS 6.2. The error message on my phone (in Dutch) says "Unable to install update", "An error occurred installing the newest WatchOS version on your ...
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Which Apple Watch Faces Support Modular Large Complications

I've been searching everywhere for this and I can't find it anywhere. I'm learning how to develop WatchOS apps. In the tutorial I'm working with they're working on building a Modular Large ...
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watchOS battery drains quickly

I have a GPS-only Series 4 Apple Watch (44mm) running watchOS 6.1.2 (17S796). I bought the Watch new in November 2018. Prior to updating to updating to 6.1.2 (Jan 28, 2020), I had no problems with ...
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Lap time data uploaded from my Apple Watch doesn't match the lap times listed on my iPhone

I uploaded my health data from my Apple Watch to keep track of my lap times. But the lap times recorded in the XML file that I uploaded are consistently shorter than the ones listed on my watch. ...
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Timer stuck in alert state

For the past few weeks, I have been unable to use the Timer app on my Apple Watch Series 3. When I open it, it shows the buttons "cancel|resume" with the last-run time. If I force-quit and reopen, it'...
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Send data to apple watch

I have apple watch series 4 and an iPhone. I want to send data like links,images,text to my watch. Usually I emailed these data to myself and open it on my watch . Is there any efficient way to do ...
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Wallet and Pay and Reminders disappeared after re-pairing Apple Watch with watchOS 6.1

I have Apple Watch 2 Series and iPhone 6S. Recently I've got an update to IOS 13 on iPhone and watchOS 6.1 on Apple Watch. After upgrade Reminders stopped syncing. I tried to resolve the problem by ...
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Is it possible to make Apple Watch Series 5 measure heart rate (pulse), passively, all the time?

I bought an Apple Watch Series 5, because I wanted to measure my heart rate, passively, all the time (24/7). However, I cannot find a way to enable the heart rate monitor, so that it's "on" by ...
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Watch: Third-Party Email App that Renders HTML

Since Gmail as a service does not support push on iOS Mail, I do not get notifications for emails as they come in unless I use a third-party email app. I have used Outlook for iOS for a long time now, ...
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Apple Watch4 with OS6 slow/ unresponsive on tap to wake

I’ve been using Apple Watch Series 4 with Watch OS 5.x for a year. With disabled raise to wake I had no problems with waking the watch by tapping the screen. Upon upgrade to Watch OS6, I now need ...
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Non-Midnight "Day" Transition for Apple Watch Activity Rings?

I often work out at the gym late at night. I also often stay up past midnight. But the Apple Watch considers each "day" to begin and end at midnight. This means that I will be in the middle of a ...
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Apple watch series 3 microphone stops working after watch OS 6 update

After the watch OS 6 update, I can on longer use Siri with the watch or use it to call. It seems like the watch is not able to record any voice. I have already unpair and pair numerous time. I have ...
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Why is my Apple Watch noise monitoring suspended?

I have a new Apple Watch Series 5 running WatchOS 6. The noise monitoring feature seemed to be working fine yesterday but today the complication shows a microphone with a line through it and when I ...
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How to scribble backslash ("\") on Apple Watch?

My organization's WiFi username & password has punctuations in it. Namely a Windows-style DOMAIN\user username, which contains a backslash ("\") character. watchOS 6's "connect to" WiFi doesn't ...
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How do I update my Apple Watch 4 to watchOS 6 with an iPhone 6?

I am having trouble updating my Apple Watch Series 4 to watchOS 6, as it is saying "update your phone first". The problem is that I cannot update my iPhone 6 to iOS 13, so does that mean I won't be ...
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How do I get dual colour theme for numerals duo watch face?

I am using the Beta of watchOS 6. In the keynote, I saw the numerals duo watch face with two different colors for each number. Is this exclusive for series 4 or series 5? I am Series 3 user. I did ...
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Pairing Apple Watch to new iPhone without erasing

My iPhone was lost and I want to pair my watch with my new iPhone. Everything I see says that unpairing the watch will erase it. The problem is I don't have a backup of the watch since it's a new ...
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Why doesn’t the watchOS beta profile show up in my list of available downloads?

I am trying to install the watchOS 6 beta profile to my watch from an iPhone X running iOS 13 beta. At https://developer.apple.com/watchos/ I see a link to a downloads page that should link the ...
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How do I get my iPhone and Apple Watch to beta together?

At August 8, 2019, 01:55 UTC+8, from Apple's Feedback Assistant I'm told that: Warning You must update your watch to watchOS 6 beta 2 or later before updating to iOS 13 beta 6 otherwise your watch ...
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What else except media and apps is using space on the Apple Watch?

Something unknown is using most of the space on my Apple Watch: The listed apps/media account for at most 1GB, yet more than 3.5 are “in use”. What could it be and how can I reclaim some space?
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Why are Apple Watch activity rings moving on by themselves?

I am observing my Apple Watch activity rings are moving insanely. I did talk to customer service they were also unable to help me. Did anyone face the issue before? What happened today? I wore the ...
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Check the status of a Finder copy-paste operation from Apple Watch

Today I had to leave my Mac, while a copy-pasting operation was in progress with a large number of files. I found myself wanting to know how long the operation had left (and if it had encountered any ...
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Determine which device AirPods have connected to using Siri

When I put on my AirPods, they automatically connect to the device that they were most recently connected to. However, without checking each device, I'm not sure which device they've connected to. I'...
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Apple Watch no longer displays heart rate after watchOS update

Yesterday I updated my Apple Watch to watchOS 5.2.1 and ever since my Heart Rate complication has stopped displaying my heart rate on the watch face. I can still tap it and measure my heart rate, but ...
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Custom 24-hour single-hand watch face for Apple Watch

Is there a way to make the Apple Watch display a 24-hour single-hand watch face? Preferably with midnight on the bottom, and noon at the top? Something like this:
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Apple Watch Fall detection requirements

What does an Apple Series 4 Watch require to have Fall Detection + Emergency 911 calling fully operational? Does the watch need to be paired with a certain iPhone Model/iOS release? Does the watch ...
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