How to download watchOS 3 to your Apple Watch

watchOS 4.0.1 addresses bugs related to LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity on the Apple Watch Series 3. Here's how to download and install it!

Because Apple Watch is paired to the iPhone for internet access and easy device management, watchOS updates are done using the Watch for iPhone app. To install watchOS 4.0.1, you should first update your iPhone to iOS 11 or later. Once that's done, make sure you have your iPhone ready and on Wi-Fi, and your Apple Watch charged to 50% or more and connected to its magnetic charger. Yeah... here's we go!

What's new in watchOS 4.0.1

watchOS 4.0.1 addresses the LTE/Wi-Fi connection issues found in the Apple Watch Series 3. You can find out more about the fix here.

How to download and install to watchOS 4.0.1

  1. Update your iPhone to iOS 11 or later.
  2. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the iOS 11 Watch app.
  3. Make sure your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connect it to the magnetic charger.
  4. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  5. Tap on General.
  6. Tap on Software Update.

  7. Tap on Download and Install.
  8. Enter your iPhone Passcode when prompted.
  9. Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions

    downloading watchOS 3

  10. Tap Proceed on your Apple Watch to begin the download.
  11. Enter your Passcode on Apple Watch.

    Entering passcode on Apple Watch

The watchOS 4.0.1 update will download and transfer to your Apple Watch and Apple Watch will reboot to apply the update. You can follow the progress on the Apple Watch screen, and once it's done, you'll be all set.

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Updated October 2017: Updated for watchOS 4.0.1.