How to install watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch the right way

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Can't wait for all the new Watch stuff? Here's how to install watchOS 2.
Can't wait for all the new Watch stuff? Here's how to install watchOS 2.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Update: Apple has delayed deployment of watchOS 2, possibly for a day or more, after discovering a bug that’s taking longer to fix than expected.

Are you ready? It’s finally time to update your Apple Watch to watchOS 2. The software upgrade will let you run third-party apps right on the Watch without your iPhone, add nightstand mode and new watch faces (including your own photos), and much more.

If you’re ready to make it so, read on and get all these new features on your wrist today.

We spoke with an Apple service representative named Danny to find out what we’d need to do this the right way. He confirmed that the update will show up on your iPhone and then proceed much the same way the last upgrade did.

Danny also asserted that the iOS 9 and the watchOS 2 updates were separate things; you won’t need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 9 in order to get the watchOS 2 onto your Watch.

To upgrade your Apple Watch, do the following.

Make sure your Apple Watch has at least a 50 percent charge, connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi, and keep your Apple Watch and iPhone next to each other to make sure they can communicate easily.

Then, set your Apple Watch on its power circle and keep it on that charger until the update is complete. On your iPhone, launch the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch, then General, then Software Update.

You may need to enter either your iPhone passcode, your Apple Watch passcode, or both. Do that and then wait for the Apple logo with the little progress bar to appear on your Watch.

When the update finishes, your Apple Watch will restart with the new watchOS 2 on it.

The rep we spoke to also asserted that the iOS 9 and the watchOS 2 updates were separate things; you won’t need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 9 in order to get the watchOS 2 onto your Watch.

  • Joe Smith

    This is useless

  • TeeJay2000

    Ewww. Can you clean your keyboard Rob? Tabs and cap lock are disgusting.

    • Darren McCoy

      Ahh I was thinking exactly the same thing. Maybe you could make a feature out of it. I would recommend an abrasive sponge for cleaning the dishes with a little soap and very little water. then dry off with kitchen roll.

  • how long do we have to wait for #watchOS2 can apple at least give timelines !