The watchOS 8 Public Beta is available for download. This means that everyone with a compatible Apple Watch can download and install the 8th watchOS generation with the help of the paired iPhone. However, before you proceed be aware that there is no way to revert to watchOS 7 if you’re not satisfied with the test version!
Important: Apple recommends installing of beta software versions on secondary devices that are used for software testing and development!
How To Install watchOS 8 Public Beta
- 1. Update paired iPhone to iOS 15 Public Beta.
- 2. Download watchOS 8 Beta Profile using your iOS device.
How To: In Safari open the Apple Beta Software Program website. Sign in with your Apple ID. Browse for the watchOS section. And tap on Download profile, to grab the watchOS 8 Beta Software Profile.
- 3. Install the watchOS 8 beta profile on your Apple Watch from the Watch app available on your iPhone.
- 4. Restart the iOS device.
- 5. Install the watchOS 8 Public Beta over-the-air from the Watch app available on your iPhone.
How To: In the My Watch tab, browse for General -> Software Update. Tap Download and Install, provide your passcode, agree with Apple’s terms and be patient until the test version is deployed on your wrist-worn device.
Tips: For the watchOS 8 public beta update to work the Apple Watch needs over 50% battery life. The device also has to be connected to the MagSafe charger and needs to be in range with the paired iPhone!
watchOS 8 Features
Unlike watchOS 7, this important update doesn’t bring too many spectacular changes to the Apple Watch. Some of those worth highlighting are:
- Wallet app supports your drivers license and more types of keys, like home keys, hotel keys and car keys.
- Breathe app is now called Mindfulness and comes with a new ‘Reflect’ weather that on top of breathing also focuses on thoughtful notions that contribute to your mindfulness.
- Workout app includes two new training types: Tai Chi and Pilates.
- Portrait is the new Watch Face in watchOS 8. It’s able to grab portrait photos from the paired iPhone and display them on your Apple Watch.
- Photos app gets more ways to view an navigate picture collections
- Home app is able to display HomeKit compatible cameras directly on your wrist.
- Find My app in watchOS 8 allows you to locate lost items or devices from your Apple Watch.
- Messages app is now compatible with GIFs.
Have you updated your Apple Watch to the watchOS 8 Public Beta? Are there any other features that you find useful? What about bugs or glitches? Use the comments section to share your feedback.