Pebble Smartwatches Are Getting Bricked After Latest App Update

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If you have a Pebble watch, don’t download the Pebble 2.1 update. It could very well brick your smart watch.

According to Smartwatch Fans, a number of people are finding that the updated Pebble app is killing their Pebble watches:

We’re getting tips from a slew of readers who have updated their Pebble app today, only to be left with a non-functioning watch. The update is crashing at launch and rendering itself useless, making for a lot of unhappy Pebble owners.

Over at iMore, senior editor Richard Devine confirms:

One of those unhappy Pebble owners is writing this post. I saw the update, accepted it, and now can’t do anything with the watch except tell the time. The app opens – briefly – and then completely crashes. My own Pebble has also lost any Bluetooth connection to my iPhone, and because of the issue with the app I’m completely unable to reconnect.

Luckily, Pebble is aware of the issue and says that they’re issuing a fix. Hopefully, that will unbrick any currently malfunctioning Pebbles. We’ll keep you posted.

  • StockOption

    For those iOS users stuck in a crash loop, here’s some steps I saw on the Pebble forums that let me downgrade to v2.0.2

    Delete v2.1 from your phone

    Go to the App Store, tap on Updates, and then tap on the Purchased tab at the top of the screen.

    Scroll down to Pebble App. It should be listed as v2.0.2

    Install, launch, and enjoy

  • takeoffthetinfoilhat

    I know it’s a smart watch but I couldn’t help but laugh when it read “now I can’t do anything with my watch but tell the time”

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