When it comes to smartwatches, only a few brands can match the quality of Apple Watches. You will need to pay a little more money, but rest assured, you will get the best return for your money. With that being said, some Apple Watch users are facing the WatchOS update issue which may suggest that the pricey device is not worth the money.
In reality, it is just a minor issue that can be addressed via simple troubleshooting techniques. So, if you are facing a similar kind of issue or have some doubts over the device then read this article to help yourself out.
Why this Happens:
First of all, it is important to narrow down and understand the reasons/factors why the update is failing. One of the main reasons why the update fails is a poor internet connection. Sometimes, it is the invalid settings that prevent the Watch to update. Sometimes, a device would fail to update due to some temporary outages, update server unavailability, and account-related issues. The device running on low storage space is also a factor for update error.
Troubleshooting the Update Errors:
You can see that these are all software-related attributes and hence troubleshooting them is pretty straight forward. All you need to do is to apply some easy workarounds and your device will be alright. Now, read and comprehend the techniques so you can apply them properly.
Normal and Force Restart:
To eliminate the possibility of any glitches (minor or major), the first step you should take is to restart and force restart your Apple Watch. You can keep this method for last, but it is recommended that you should keep it as your first technique to save yourself time and effort. First, try a simple restart and if it works then great. If it doesn’t then go for the second part of this method which is force restart.
1. Press-hold the slide button for a few seconds until the Power Off slider appears.
2. Now drag the power slider to switch off your Apple Watch.
3. Wait for a minute or two and then press-hold the slide button on your watch and then release it as soon as the Apple logo appears.
For Force Restart:
1. Press and hold both the Side button and Digital Crown on your watch for about 10 seconds.
2. Release the buttons when the Apple logo shows up on the watch display.
3. Now let your watch connect to Wi-Fi and then try updating.
Turn Off Restrictions on iPhone:
Enabling the Restrictions on the iPhone could also be the reason why your Apple Watch isn’t getting updated. To ensure that Restrictions aren’t preventing the update, you just need to disable them and check if it works. Here is what you need to do.
1. Launch the Settings on your iPhone.
2. Tap on the option Screen Time.
3. Hit Content and Privacy Restrictions and disable it by toggling the switch off.
4. Once the Restriction is disabled, try updating the Software on the Watch.
Reset Network Settings on both the Watch and iPhone:
Invalid network configuration or incorrect Network Settings on the Watch and its paired iPhone could also be the reason why the update is halting or giving errors. Now, if you aren’t sure that what network settings are incorrect then your best bet is to reset the network settings on both the devices. Here is what you need to do.
1. Open the Settings on your Apple Watch.
2. Tap on the option General followed by Reset.
3. Now tap on the option Reset Network Settings.
4. Repeat the same on your iPhone and then try updating the Watch.
Delete any WatchOS Beta Profiles or Developer Seed from your Device:
If you have already downloaded some segments or beta profiles of the WatchOS update and are unable to install them then they could be corrupted or incomplete. Now, this incomplete or corrupted file will never let you update and you will need to remove them from the device and then re-download them. To view and delete any WatchOS beta profiles, refer to these steps:
1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.
2. Tap on the option General.
3. Now choose the option iPhone Storage to see if you have the incomplete or corrupted file on the system.
4. Find the WatchOS file download in the list and tap on it to select it. Now hit the option Delete Update to remove it from the system.
5. Once it is gone, just restart both the devices. Now download the update again and make sure that you do it right. Once the download is complete, start the updating process and you will see that you won’t face any errors this time around.