watchOS 8.1 Features, Improvements, Bugs And Fixes

watchOS 8.1 update

watchOS 8.1 update

Apple has released watchOS 8.1 (build 19R570) alongside iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 and macOS Monterey. This update includes improvements and bug fixes and is available for all compatible Apple Watches.

watchOS 8.1 Download

watchOS 8.1 download
This update is available over-the-air and can be downloaded and installed via the Watch app from the paired iPhone:

  • In the My Watch tab, tap on General -> Software Update.
  • Tap Download and Install, after reviewing the release notes.
  • Be patient until the update is requested, downloaded and prepared for update.
  • To Install watchOS 8.1 you need the Apple Watch on its charger, in range of the iPhone and connected to Wi-Fi.

installing watchOS 8.1
Fact: the watchOS 8.1 update file is 340 MB for the Apple Watch Series 6. Size might vary depending on model and OS version that you’re updating from.

watchOS 8.1 Features

Apple mentions two new features and one improvement in the update log:

  • Wallet is now able to stored your COVID-19 vaccination card and present the proof direct from your watch.
  • Fitness+ is now SharePlay compatible. Subscribers can invite up to 32 people to workout together through a FaceTime call. This works together with an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
  • Fall Detection gets enhanced algorithms that are able to detect falls during workouts. The feature can now be enabled on Apple Watch Series 4 and later.

watchOS 8.1 Release Notes

watchOS 8.1 release notes
Check the screenshots uploaded nearby to read the full release notes.

Fact: For the security content of this update you can tap here (official Apple page).

watchOS 8.1 Bugs

Apple mentions a single bug fix in the update log. However, sometimes more patches are done silently. If you notice a fix that’s not listed here don’t hesitate to inform us via the comments section.

Problems Fixed

  • Always On time bug – This is one of the most annoying watchOS 8 issues. Apple Watch time won’t update when the wrist is down. Time can jump even tens of minutes when user raises its wrist after a longer break.
  • To be updated!

Known Issues

Other known watchOS 8 issues that haven’t been reported as fix in the release notes are:

New Bugs

Issues surfacing in watchOS 8.1 are listed below:

  • Apple Watch screen not turning On when raising wrist after updating to watchOS 8.1
    Credits: Rui F. O.
    Workaround: –
  • Apple Watch distance calculation issues during workout. Watch reports about 25% less distance for the same route covered.
    Credits: David B.
    Workaround: –
  • To be updated! (Waiting for your feedback.)

Have you updated Apple Watch to watchOS 8.1? Did you encounter any problems? What’s your feedback? Use the comments section and share your thoughts.

Related: Apple has also released tvOS 15.1 and HomePod 15.1 for compatible Apple TV and HomePod speakers!