Your Apple Watch 7 won’t update and you don’t know why. You see that a watchOS update is available, but you cannot download or install it. In this article, we will explain why your Apple Watch won’t update and show you how to fix apple watch 7 won’t update.
◆ How to fix apple watch 7 won’t update?
You usually update your Apple Watch by going to the Watch app on your iPhone and tapping General -> Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and install.
However, you may have already tried this and that is why you searched for this article! The steps below will help you fix the problem when your Apple Watch 7 won’t update, even though one is available.
Turn your Apple Watch 7 off and on again
There is a slight chance that a minor technical glitch is the reason why your Apple Watch won’t update. By restarting the Apple Watch, all of its little software can shut down normally and start over when the Apple Watch restarts.
To turn off the Apple Watch, press and hold the side button until the power is off a slider appears on the watch face. Slide the small power icon from left to right to turn off your Apple Watch. Wait about 15 seconds, then press and hold the side button to restart your Apple Watch.
Make sure your Apple Watch 7 is connected to a Wi-Fi network
One of the two main requirements to update watchOS on your Apple Watch is that it must be connected to a Wi-Fi network. Fortunately, if your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, your Apple Watch will be connected to Wi-Fi as well as long as the devices are paired and within range of each other.
First, make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network by going to Settings -> Wi-Fi . If you see a small check mark next to the Wi-Fi network name at the top of this list, your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Once you make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi, make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are within range of each other. Although the latest Apple Watch is built with Bluetooth 4.0 (which gives it a range of about 200 feet), it’s best to have your Apple Watch installed right next to your iPhone when you update watchOS.
Make sure your Apple Watch 7 has 50% battery life
The second main condition for updating the Apple Watch is that it has at least 50% battery life. You can check the battery life on your Apple Watch by swiping up from the bottom of the watch face. In the upper-left corner of the screen, you’ll see the percentage of battery remaining on your Apple Watch.
If your Apple Watch battery life is less than 50%, put it on its magnetic charging cable. You can still download and set up a watchOS update even if your Apple Watch battery life is less than 50%.
If you try to install a watchOS update before it’s at least 50% off, you’ll see the notification below.
Check the storage space on your Apple Watch 7
One of the most common reasons why your Apple Watch won’t update is because there is no storage space left to download the update. In general, watchOS updates require approximately a few hundred megabytes (MB) of storage space to download and install on your Apple Watch.
You can check to see how much storage space for any specific watchOS update is in the update description. As long as your Apple Watch has more available storage space than the watchOS update size, the update will be able to install.
To check the remaining storage space on your Apple Watch, go to the Watch app on your iPhone and tap General -> Usage on your Apple Watch. At the top of this list, you’ll see how much storage space is available on your Apple Watch.
Check for Apple server issues
There is a small chance that Apple’s servers will crash because many Apple Watch users are all trying to update to the latest version of watchOS at the same time. This usually only happens in the first few days of a major software update, like when Apple publicly released iOS 11 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod in September 2017.
Apple has a comprehensive system status page file that will let you know if their servers are up and running. If you see a lot of red dots on this page, there may be a problem with Apple’s servers. If there is a problem with the server, Apple is aware of the problem and is fixing it while reading this article.
Erase all content and settings on Apple Watch
If the Apple Watch not updating issue persists, there may be an underlying software issue causing the problem. If you have worked through all the steps above, then it is time to try erasing all content and settings on your Apple Watch.
When you perform this step, all your Apple Watch settings will be reset to factory defaults and all your content (music, photos, etc.) will be completely erased. It’s as if you took your Apple Watch out of the case for the first time.
Note: After erasing all content and settings on your Apple Watch, you will have to pair it with your iPhone again.
Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and tap General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings . You will be asked to enter your passcode and then tap Erase All when the confirmation alert appears.
After you pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone again, try updating watchOS by going to General -> Software Update in the Watch app on your iPhone. If you see a message that ‘Your software is up to date’, that means that your Apple Watch updated itself during the reset process.
Visit your local Apple Store
If you’ve erased all content and settings on your Apple Watch, but they haven’t updated yet, you’ll want an Apple employee to see it. There is a possibility that the antenna that connects your iPhone to Wi-Fi or the antenna that connects your Apple Watch to your iPhone is damaged. Before you go, we recommend scheduling an appointment so you don’t have to stand in the Apple Store all afternoon.
You have successfully updated watchOS on your Apple Watch! We hope you’ll share this article on social media so you can teach your family and friends what to do when your Apple Watch isn’t updating. Feel free to leave any other questions about watchOS in the comments section below.