watchOS 8.7.1 Not Available On Apple Watch? (Here Is Why!)

watchOS 8.7.1

watchOS 8.7.1 update

watchOS 8.7.1 not available for your Apple Watch? Update not showing up in the Software Update section. All that you get is watchOS 8.7 and the confirmation that Apple Watch is up to date with the latest bug fixes and security enhancements?

watchOS 8.7.1 Not Available

watchos 8.7.1 availability
This happens to all Apple Watch owners that run a watchOS 8 version but don’t own the Series 3 model. (Source: Apple Support document.)

According to Apple, unlike iOS 15.6.1 and macOS 12.5.1, watchOS 8.7.1 has been only released for the AW 3 model.

It’s fixing bugs that are affecting only the Series 3 watches!

watchOS 8.7.1 Security Content

Apple doesn’t even provide any CVE entries for this release, meaning that the update doesn’t bring any security improvements.

Vulnerabilities patched by iOS 15.6.1 and macOS 12.5.1 haven’t been found in watchOS 8.7 too.

watchOS 8.7.1 Release Notes

The only info that’s available about this version is available in the update log:

“watchOS 8.7.1 addresses an issue that may cause Apple Watch Series 3 to unexpectedly restart for some users.”

We couldn’t find any other notes in the news section of Apple’s Developer platform.

watchOS 8.7.1 Download

If you own an Apple Watch Series 3 you can install this update, over-the-air from the Watch app on the paired iPhone:

  • In the My Watch tab, tap on General -> Software Update.
  • Tap Download and Install after the update shows up.
  • Provide Passcode and follow the on-screen prompts to complete installation.
  • Fact: Build number for this release is 19U67.

watchOS 8.7.1 Problems

Any issues reported for this release are mentioned below:

  • 1. watchOS 8.7.1 update stuck in ‘downloading to watch’. Reported by Susan.
    Fix: Reinstall Watch app or change Language & Region. More details here.
  • 2. Unable to verify update because you’re not connected to the internet error. Reported by Harrya.
    Fix: Workarounds available here.
  • 3. Update not installing on Apple Watch 3. Reported by K and Bob3.
    Fix: Same as above.
  • 4. To be updated!

Have you installed watchOS 8.7.1 on Apple Watch? Did you spot any changes? Share your feedback in the comments.

Related: This could be one of the last updates to the 8th watchOS generation. watchOS 9 is currently in its advanced beta testing stages.