Developers can now get the fourth beta of watchOS 9.6 from Apple. The third beta was released about two weeks prior to this newest release. Apple has released fresh beta versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS in addition to the watchOS incremental beta.
Apple is gradually updating the Watch to version 20U5559c. Since this is a minor update, it won’t take long to install on your watch. There is a slight data requirement in order to download it. The new beta can be downloaded and installed on your Apple Watch without cost if you are a developer. Only Series 4 and later Apple Watches can take advantage of this upgrade.
When it comes to what has changed, the release notes remain silent, as they always have. However, this update will bring a few welcome improvements. We shouldn’t have high hopes for the watchOS 9.6 beta because Apple has already hinted at a major upgrade, watchOS 10, for Apple Watches this autumn.
With the current iOS 16.6 fourth beta on your iPhone, updating to the new watchOS 9.6 beta is as simple as installing the beta profile and performing an over-the-air software upgrade. Follow these steps to upgrade your watch to the beta version.
How to update watchOS 9.6
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap General > Software Update.
- Select Beta Updates and enable watchOS 9 Developer Beta option.
- Go back and download the second beta of watchOS 9.6.
- That’s it.
You’ll need a WiFi connection and at least a 50% charge on your Apple Watch. Launch the Apple Watch app on your phone after installing the beta profile, and then navigate to General > Software Update > Download and Install to update to the latest version.
Now your Apple Watch will download the watchOS 9.6 beta 4 update. Your watch will restart once the installation is complete. When you’re finished, your Apple Watch is ready for use.