As every year, Apple took advantage of the WWDC 2021 edition to announce all the innovations in the design of the interface and the functionalities of its operating systems, including watchOS 8, the latest version of the OS for Apple Watch.
If you have a compatible Apple Watch, know that the next watchOS will officially be released next fall. But as you know, Apple often releases beta versions so that you can test it before its official launch.
To do this, you need to install the beta test version on your smart watch, but know that this is not the Software finished, so it will most likely include some technical issues that will hopefully be resolved before its official arrival.
Now here we have the second beta of watchOS 8, for now only available to developers and developers.
When will the watchOS 8 beta be available?
Public beta versions always come after developer versions. While the first developer beta arrived on June 7 (the same day it was officially announced) and the second arrived on the 24 of the same month, those who want to try the public version will have to wait. month of July
What does it take to install watchOS 8 beta?
First, you will need an Apple Watch that is compatible with the beta version of watchOS 7: Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 6, and Apple Watch SE. Like watchOS 7, the new version is not available for series 1 and 2.
On the other hand, you will also need to have a relatively recent iPhone on which you will have installed the equivalent beta version of iOS (iOS 15).
How to install watchOS 8 beta (for developers)
If you are planning to install the beta version of watchOS 8 on your Apple Watch, first be aware that this Software It will never be as reliable as the one made public during the official premiere. Thus, the presence of Bugs and other errors is more than likely.
So, do not follow the steps that we are going to indicate below, unless you are fully aware that your Apple Watch may be damaged. Also, never download a beta version without first making a backup.
Before you can install the beta, you will need to install a beta certificate on your smart watch. This certificate is responsible for notifying the iPhone and allowing it to authorize the installation of watchOS beta wireless.
1. Make sure you have iOS 15 beta installed on your iPhone.
2. Connect to the
3. Go to the watchOS download section.
4. Now press’Download watchOS 8 beta configuration profile‘to get the current beta.
5. When asked to choose a device, select ‘iCall‘, followed by ‘Install‘.
6. Enter your password, press’Install‘and confirm the action.
7. Then press’To restart‘to reset your iPhone and complete the installation.
8. Once you smartphone restart, the beta will appear as an available update in the Apple Watch app. Then you just need to follow the usual steps to install this update.
Disadvantages of installing a beta version of watchOS
Is it worth using a watchOS full of Bugs and errors just to be able to test the latest version of the Apple Watch operating system before everyone else? The drawbacks that we highlight here might indicate that this is not the case.
Worse, if you regret it and want to go back, reinstalling the previous version of watchOS is tricky and you often won’t be able to do it yourself because the instructions aren’t public.
We applaud that Apple has finally made a public version of watchOS, which means you no longer need to sign up for Apple’s Developer Program, which is priced at $ 99 per year.
Personally, we’re not convinced that you have to pay that much money unless you’re an app developer and want to prove that your app will work on the platform. But maybe it’s not worth taking the possible risks just to test, and it’s more convenient to wait for its official premiere.