Should you update Apple Watch to watchOS 7?

Apple Watch App Store
Apple Watch App Store (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)

The Apple Watch software update, watchOS 7, is here. But how do you know if you should download and install it right now, or hold off? Here are some things you should consider before upgrading.

Which Apple Watch do you own?

If you own the original Apple Watch (Series 0), Apple Watch Series 1, or Apple Watch Series 2, then you are out of luck. It is not compatible with watchOS 7. If this is the case, you'll need to purchase a new Apple Watch before you can use watchOS 7. If you're not sure whether a new Apple Watch is worth the features, read our watchOS 7 review to find out more.

Have you updated your iPhone to iOS 14?

As always, you'll need to update to the latest iOS on your iPhone before you can upgrade your watch. So if you're holding off updating to iOS 14, watchOS 7 will need to wait as well.

Which Apple Watch apps do you use?

Apple Watch app store

Apple Watch app store (Image credit: iMore)

If you depend upon your favorite Apple Watch app to work smoothly, then check to see if the developer has updated the app before installing watchOS 7. Sometimes it takes a developer a little bit of time to get the update done when a new operating system is released. Though there isn't any notable compatibility issues for apps for this update, there may end up being some hiccups. Your must-have apps may not run properly on the newest operating system. You can check to see if the app has been updated: open the App Store app and tap Updates. There you will see a list of recently updated apps. You can tap on a specific one to read the update notes.

How excited are you for all of the new features in watchOS 7?

watchOS 7 Hand Washing

watchOS 7 Hand Washing (Image credit: Joseph Keller / iMore)

If there are particular features you are so excited about that you just can't wait, like Family Setup or the Sleep app, there's no reason to delay (unless any of your must-have apps aren't compatible with watchOS 7). This update doesn't have any significant bugs or glitches, though some are experiencing battery drain on Apple Watch. That's normal, though.

Are you downloading watchOS right away? Let us know how it goes and how you're enjoying it in the comments. If you want to update your look while you update your watch, check out our picks for the best Apple Watch bands.

Karen S Freeman
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer, social media manager, and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for AppAdvice and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is a wife and mom (and dog mom) who is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to travel the world and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.

1 Comment
  • The update broke the activity app. It didn't register my 1 hour swim and the watch couldn't load the activity rings. It is also very slow to respond to swiping up and down or not responding at all.
    I started the swim with a fully charged watch and it was completely dead 1 hour after my swim.
    Today, I have the watch on my wrist for 2 hours and it is already down to 93% battery.
    I think it is hard to believe that a company like Apple breaks what was working properly before. I'm not a happy camper with this and hope that there will be an update soon witch fixes this.