Apple’s first watchOS 7 public beta is now available
Apple has released the first public beta of Apple watchOS 7. The first public beta will acquaint users with the new features, which the company announced at its annual developer conference WWDC 2020. These features will arrive on Apple Watch in late September or in early October this year.
This is the first time that Apple has released a public beta for watchOS.The first public beta of watchOS 7 includes features such as automatic handwashing detection, sleep tracking, and more.
Along with this, users will also get customization of watch faces which include Chronograph Pro with a tachymeter and it also allows users to download watch faces directly from websites.
Apart from the customization of watch faces, the OS version also brings the much indeed sleep tracking functionality. The users will also get automatic handwashing detection with watchOS 7, which uses the in-built motion sensors and microphone along with device machine learning for detection.
With all these features lined up, it’s no wonder you’re itching to get started with watchOS 7. Lucky for you, for the first time in watchOS history Apple is supplying a public version of the beta software as it has with iOS, macOS, and tvOS.
If you want to start testing Apple watchOS 7, you can either use the public beta version or developer beta version. The developer version a bit more complicated to get than the public beta, however, because you’ll need the developer certificate installed on your watch.
So before you press ahead, keep in mind that beta versions of software, especially developer versions aren’t what you will experience when the final version debuts later this year. The Apple watchOS 7 beta could drain the device’s battery faster than usual, and certain apps might not work as they should.
You’ll also need to own an iPhone running the iOS 14 beta to use the watchOS 7 beta.
Here’s how to download the watchOS 7 beta right now on your Apple Watch, also information on installing the Apple developer certificate.
How to download the watchOS 7 beta on your Apple Watch?
- Go to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram on your iPhone running iOS 14 and click ‘Get started’.
- Sign in with your Apple ID and password to enroll in the beta testing program.
- Select watchOS from the menu of beta software options.
- Click the Download profile button. Select ‘Allow’ if you receive a popup asking for your permission to download the configuration profile.
- Select Install and enter your iPhone password. Install again after consenting to the profile’s terms. Select Install one more time.
- Restart your Apple Watch using the prompt on your iPhone.
- When your Apple Watch restarts, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to General, then Software Update. You should see the ApplewatchOS 7 Public Beta available for download. Click Download and install. You’ll be asked to enter your Apple Watch passcode on your watch to carry out the download.
The Apple Watch will restart again, this time running watchOS 7.
How to download the watchOS 7 developer beta
If you want to download the developer version of the watchOS 7 beta, you’ll first you’ll need to install the developer beta certificate on your watch, permitting it to run developer software. Here’s how to get that certificate:
- Open developer.apple.com in Safari on the iPhone (running iOS 14) paired to your Apple Watch.
- Click Discover > watchOS > Download.
- Enter your Apple ID and password when prompted.
- Select Install Profile adjacent to watchOS 7 Beta.
- Tap Allow, giving your iPhone permission to run the installation.
- Click Install, enter your iPhone passcode and click Install again to begin the certificate download process.
- Click Restart and your Apple Watch will reboot.
When your Apple Watch restarts, you should have the developer profile installed and able to accept the watchOS 7 beta version. Follow the steps above to upgrade to the software.