Apple Watch update: How to move from the watchOS beta to the official release

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If you want to ditch the beta of watchOS 7 and switch to the first public version, there's a couple of extra steps you'll need to complete before being able to download the official release.

How to remove the beta profile from your Apple Watch

Before performing an Apple Watch update to the public release, you'll need to get rid of the beta software profile on your wearable device.

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Please tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Choose General.

To remove the beta profile from your Apple Watch, launch the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab. Choose General. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Scroll down, select Profiles.
  2. Tap the watchOS Beta Software Profile.
  3. Choose Remove Profile. Confirm, if necessary.
  4. Reboot your Apple Watch if prompted to do so.

To remove the beta profile from your Apple Watch, select Profiles, then tap watchOS Beta Software Profile. Choose Remove Profile. (Image credit: iMore)

How to download and install the public version of watchOS

Once you've deleted the beta profile, you can continue with the Apple Watch update process by installing the public watchOS software version.

  1. Update your iPhone to the public release of iOS.
  2. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the 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
  10. Tap Proceed on your Apple Watch to begin the download.
  11. Enter your Passcode on Apple Watch.

The watchOS 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.

Along with watchOS 7, you may also consider buying one of the best Apple Watch bands on the market to go with your "new" Watch!


If you want to know more, be sure to take a look at our entire watchOS 7 review.

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