watchOS 9.5 Features, Bug Fixes, Release Notes & More (RC)

watchos 9.5 update

watchOS 9.5 update

Apple has rolled out watchOS 9.5 RC build number 20T562 for Developers and Public Beta testers! The official release is expected next week. Let’s take a look at the new features, bug fixes, ongoing issues and more!

watchOS 9.5 Features

The Release Candidate includes the final release notes and this version makes no difference. Here are the new additions:
watchos 9.5 release notes

  • 1. A new Pride Celebration Watch Face to honor the LGBTQ+ community and culture.
  • Other changes reported by users are tracked here:

  • 2. To be updated! (Contribute in the comments.)

watchOS 9.5 Security Updates

Apple also includes security fixes in this release, but the document detailing them hasn’t been updated yet.

watchOS 9.5 Bugs Fixed

The update log mentions bug fixes without providing any additional details. Below we track the fixes reported by users:

  • 1. Unlock Mac with Apple Watch bug has been addressed by this update.
  • 2. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)

Other: problems fixed are mentioned in the Developer Release notes and can be reviewed here.

watchOS 9.5 RC Issues

Ongoing problems and new bugs reported in this version along with available workarounds are tracked here:

  • 1. To be updated.

watchOS 9.5 RC Download

The Release Candidate is available, over-the-air in the My Watch tab of the Watch app, on the paired iPhone as long as the watchOS 9 Beta Profile is installed!

Go for General -> Software Update and tap Download and Install when version 9.5 comes up!

Fact: Never installed a watchOS beta version on your device? Here is a step-by-step guide!

Have you installed watchOS 9.5 RC on your Apple Watch? Do you have any other changes or bug fixes to report? What about unresolved issues? Use the comments!

Related: Apple has also seeded iOS 16.5 RC / iPadOS 16.5 RC (20F65), macOS 13.4 RC (22F62), tvOS 16.5 RC (20L562) and HomePod 16.4 RC.