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How to Update to watchOS 10.1.1: A Step-by-Step Guide

November 16, 2023

WatchOS 10.1.1 update: Every year, Apple delivers a significant update to watchOS, the operating system software that powers all Apple Watch models. In between, there are occasionally minor point changes. These free upgrades might enhance your watch’s functionality, speed it up, and remove errors and problems.

The most recent update, watchOS 10, will be available for download at some point on September 18, 2023. It boasts improved riding and hiking capabilities, an updated app store, and a simpler way to obtain information and use the user interface.

You’ve come to the correct place if you want to update the watchOS on your Apple Watch. This post explains how to upgrade an Apple Watch to the most recent watchOS version.

Would you like to see upcoming watch updates before the public does by acquiring an early access edition of watchOS? See our post on how to install a watchOS beta for additional information.

How to update your Apple Watch via iPhone

WatchOS 10.1.1 update: Updates for the Apple Watch were only able to be made on the watch itself for a few years before watchOS 6’s release, at which point they had to be made on the watch’s linked iPhone. However, we think that updating using an iPhone is the easiest method.

How to update your Apple Watch via iPhone
  1. Take out your iPhone and launch the Apple Watch application.
  2. After confirming that you are in the My Watch page at the bottom of the screen, select General.
  3. An update may be available if there is a little orange “1” next to the Software Update option (a red “1” will appear next to the My Watch menu as well). To view this, though, you might have to force the program to check for updates. In any case, select Software Update, and the app will do a check before displaying the specifics of the latest watchOS version that may be installed.
  4. Clicking install to agree to these rules and policies.
  5. As with all OS upgrades, you must be using Wi-Fi to install this new version. Additionally, your iPhone and Apple Watch must be within Bluetooth range and the watch must be charged and running at least 50% of its capacity.

It may take some time for the update to complete, so resist the urge to remove the watch from its charger before it has. We’ve done this before, and it caused such severe disruptions to the update process that we were forced to beg Apple for forgiveness and acquire a new watch.

How to update the Apple watchOS 10.1.1 update directly from the device

How to update the Apple watchOS 10.1.1 update directly from the device
  • Launch the Watch’s Settings app.
  • Select Software Update under General. watchOS will look for available updates.
  • Should an update be available, choose Install and adhere to the on-screen directions.

The Watch must be connected to Wi-Fi and kept on its charger during the installation process, much like with the iPhone update. Additionally, the battery power should be greater than 50%.

Which Apple Watches can run watchOS 10?

WatchOS 10.1.1 update: Since watchOS 10 is compatible with watchOS 9 devices, an Apple Watch that received the upgrade in 2022 will receive it again in 2023.

Compatible watches are:

  • Apple Watch Series 8
  • Apple Watch Ultra 1
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 9
  • Apple Watch Ultra 2
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch Series 7

A compatible iPhone is also required. The iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and any previous model are incompatible with iPhones. Your iPhone also has to be updated to iOS 17.

Certain capabilities are limited to specific Apple Watch models. For instance, the ability to view time in daylight is limited to the Apple Watch SE (2nd generation), Apple Watch Series 6 and thereafter, and Apple Watch Ultra 1 as after.


WatchOS 10.1.1 update: Apple updated watchOS, the operating system that drives all Apple Watch models, significantly. On September 18, 2023, watchOS 10, the most recent version, will be available for download. It includes new functions for cycling and hiking, a redesigned app store, and simpler UI navigation. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, choose General, and then upgrade your Apple Watch to the most recent watchOS version. Tap  Install if there is an update available.

Choose Software Update under General in the Settings app to update the Apple Watch straight from the device. If there are any updates available, the watchOS will look for them and install them. The watch has to be charged, linked to Wi-Fi, and have a battery life of at least 50%.

Since watchOS 9 and watchOS 10 are compatible, an Apple Watch that was updated in 2022 will receive it again in 2023. The Apple Watch Series 8 and Series 6 are compatible with iPhones, and iOS 17 has to be loaded on your device. Certain Apple Watch models are restricted in their ability.


What kills Apple Watch battery fast?

Disable or exclude App Background If you desire an app to cease downloading content over Wi-Fi or data, which might eventually lead to a faster battery drain, refresh it after three months of non-use. Consider Cutting Your Battery at Different Times.

Does Hey Siri drain battery?

Turning off Siri’s active listening feature can also help you squeeze a few more minutes out of your battery. An iPhone that is constantly waiting for you to say “Hey Siri” drains the battery faster. Open Settings, choose Siri & Search, and then uncheck the Listen for “Hey Siri” option to stop this.