Your old Apple Watch will feel brand new with watchOS 3, out now

Faster apps, a new Dock, and a bigger focus on fitness will give your first-generation Apple Watch a new feel.

Apple just took the wraps off the Apple Watch Series 2, but you don’t need to buy a whole new device to refresh your watch. With watchOS 3, which just rolled out as a free upgrade, using your old Apple Watch will feel like a totally different experience.

The third version of watchOS significantly speeds up your watch so apps will launch seven times faster than they did previously. Glances have gone by the wayside, replaced with a new Dock that puts your 10 most-used apps at your fingertips.

And though Apple Watch Series 2 is a better fitness tracker because it’s swimproof and has built-in GPS, your old Apple Watch is also bumping up its activity-tracking abilities with a social activity-sharing feature and a new built-in Breathe app to help you work on being more mindful.

Here’s everything you need to know about watchOS 3. Now it’s time to upgrade.

How to upgrade to watchOS 3

First, you’ll need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 10. Keep your phone nearby, because you’ll need it to install watchOS 3. Open the Apple Watch app on your phone, then tap My Watch > General > Software Update. Your watch will need to be connected to its charger and within Bluetooth range of your iPhone to successfully download and install the operating system update.

Let us know in the comments if you have trouble upgrading to watchOS 3, or what your favorite new features are once you’ve taken it for a spin.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags iOS 10watchOSApple watch

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Caitlin McGarry

Macworld.com
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?