Apple’s upcoming update to watchOS promises to be a major one laden with so many new features. Cupertino wouldn’t call it a “milestone update” for the Apple Watch for nothing. True enough, based on what Apple announced during WWDC 2023, watchOS 10 seems to be a pretty big update.
Unfortunately, folks who owned an Apple Watch will have to wait until fall. As of today, only the developer beta of watchOS 10 is available. Apple plans to release the public beta version in July. But in case you’re wondering how to download the watchOS 10 beta and install it now, we got you covered. Let me walk you through the steps to install watchOS 10 on your Apple Watch now.
But First Some Important Warnings and Precautions
Similar to iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14 betas, many folks would not recommend that you download and install watchOS 10 beta on your Apple Watch. That’s because when you install it now and you encounter a problem later on, you won’t be able to go back to the previous watchOS version. The only way to fix the issue would be when Apple issues software updates later on.
Another important thing to remember is that Apple warranties do not cover devices that are running beta software. So, if you encounter an issue with watchOS 10 on your Apple Watch, you can’t get any help from the Apple Service Center.
So, the best way of ensuring that you won’t brick the Apple Watch that you’re currently using would be to download and install watchOS 10 on a spare Apple Watch.
But if you’re not scared of getting your Apple Watch bricked, read along to learn how to download watchOS 10 Beta and install it now.
How To Download watchOS 10 Beta and Install It Now
First and foremost you need to check whether your Apple Watch model is compatible with watchOS 10.
Since the Apple Watch should be paired with an iPhone, it goes without saying that your iPhone should be running iOS 17 beta. If you haven’t installed iOS 17 beta, check out how you can do so by following the guide we published recently.
Once your iPhone is running on iOS 17 beta you simply need to launch the Watch app on your device. Note that for this to work out, your iPhone and Apple Watch should recognize that you enrolled your Apple ID in either the Public Beta Program or the Developer Beta Program.
Time needed: 3 minutes
Follow the steps below to download and install watchOS 10 Beta:
- Go to Settings > General.
- Tap Software Update > Beta Updates.
- Tap watchOS 10 Beta > Back.
- Tap Download and Install.
Downloading and installing the watchOS 10 beta may take an hour more. Remember to charge your Apple Watch and iPhone close to each during the process. The installation of watchOS 10 will only continue if your Apple Watch battery has a 50% charge.
That’s it. Once the process has been completed, you’ll now be able to test the new features of watchOS 10. While watchOS 10 Beta is running on your Apple Watch, you will continue receiving updates until you’ve decided to revert to the public release version of watchOS 10.