Apple introduces regular iOS updates and they process smoothly across all the Apple devices. You wouldn’t experience any lag or corrupted update on iDevices. However, newer devices such as Apple TV or Apple Watch may have some issues during the updates, but this is a rare happening. Talking about the Apple Watches, some of the users have been found complaining that their Watch doesn’t let them verify OS update.
There could be a lot of reason why this is happening, but none of these issues is unsolvable. There is a variety of troubleshooting methods that you can try. The chances of these troubleshooting techniques to work are high too. Have a look at some of these methods.
Connect to Apple Watch Charging Station:
It may sound like a simple method but it has done the trick for many users. You will need to connect your Apple Watch to its charging base regardless if it is fully charged or totally drained. Once connected and charging, try initiating the OS Update. If it works, great; if not, move to the next method.
Check the Update File:
It is a rarity but sometimes the update you download could be bugged. If the update is stuck and won’t initiate then the best thing to do is to delete the update and download it again. you will need to delete the update from iPhone. You can do that by:
1. Open Apple Watch on your iPhone.
2. Tap on the option General.
3. Tap the option Usage followed by Software Update.
4. Now, delete the update file from the system.
5. Once done, re-download the file and try installing it.
If the two methods stated above haven’t done any wonders, this method might do. It is somewhat a universal On-Off fix and luckily, it works most of the time. Here is the right sequence to perform this method.
1. First, make sure that your iPhone is running on the latest iOS and the Apple Watch is fully charged.
2. Turn off your iPhone via the power button.
3. Switch off your Apple Watch.
4. Wait 10-15 minutes and then switch on your iPhone followed by switching on your watch.
5. Launch the Watch App on your iPhone and try to update. This would likely fix the issue.
Now you have already read three methods to troubleshoot Apple Watch’ OS issue. As said earlier, these methods usually rescue the situation 80% of the time. If they haven’t worked for you, then, unfortunately, you are left with only one last option; Erase All Content and Settings. Once you perform this method, you will need to re-pair your Watch. This method is your last but best bet. Here is what you need to do.
1. Go to the Settings on your Apple Watch.
2. Tap on the option General.
3. Next, tap on the option Reset.
4. Finally, tap on the option Erase All Content and Settings. You may have to provide the passcode to prompt it.
5. Once completed, pair your watch with iPhone. Open the iPhone App and pair it to my Apple Watch.
6. Now you will need to restore the Watch from the backup.
7. Once the watch is set-up completely, connect it to the charging base.
8. Open the Apple Watch app and apply the update from your iPhone. You wouldn’t face the error message anymore.
Mentioned above are some of the methods that have yielded results for the users facing this issue. If anything, Apple takes their iOS issues very seriously, and that’s why software issues get sorted quickly on iDevices. If you are still facing the issue then recheck if you are following the tips mentioned below.
1. Keep your Apple Watch connected to the charger throughout the process.
2. Keep your iPhone and Apple Watch close to each other while updating.
3. Close all the apps (including Apple Watch) on your iPhone.
4. Make sure the Wi-Fi signal strength is fine.