watchOS 9 Beta 5 Problems, Features, Bug Fixes & More

watchOS 9 Beta 5

watchOS 9 Beta 5

Apple has rolled out watchOS 9 Beta 5 build number 20R5343e alongside iOS 16 Beta 5. This update continues to fine tune the upcoming major release by enhancing new features, fixing bugs and improving performance. Read our extended review before updating.

watchOS 9 Beta 5 Problems

Before updating take a look at the new issues reported in this release:

  • Race Route not available anymore. This is not a bug, because it’s been announced in the Developer release notes. However, if you like to compete against yourself in workouts you should stay on Beta 4 .
  • To be updated.

watchOS 9 Beta 5 Bug Fixes

Also take a look at the issues that have been fixed in this test version:

  • To be updated.

watchOS 9 Beta 5 Features

Changes spotted in this release are listed below:

  • New Sound for Ping my iPhone. However, this appears to be coded in iOS 16 Beta 5, as the iPhone plays the new sound even if the Watch is running Beta 4.
    Tip: Listen to the new sound in our YouTube video review:
  • New Update splash screen has been reported by cupboard_ on Reddit.
    update complete splash screen watchos 9
  • To be updated.

watchOS 9 Beta 5 Download

This update is available over-the-air in the Watch app on the paired iPhone:
Browse the My Watch tab and go for General -> Software Update and follow the on-screen instructions.

Tip: For the watchOS 9 Beta to show up you need to enroll your Apple Watch to the Apple Developer Beta or Public Beta Software Program. Here is a step-by-step tutorial.

Have you updated to watchOS 9 Beta 5? Any questions or suggestions? Share your feedback in the comments.

Related: Apple has also released iPadOS 16 Beta 5 (20A5339d), macOS 13 Beta 5 (22A5321d), tvOS 16 Beta 5 (20J5355f) and HomePod 16 Beta 5.