Apple has released the first beta of watchOS 8 to developers. The new software update brings new features for apps like Wallet, Home, Workouts, Fitness+, Photos, Messages, and more. New apps like Contacts and Find Items are also part of this update, while Breathe app has been renamed to ‘Mindfulness’ which helps users relax and focus.
What’s new in watchOS 8 beta 1?
The following apps and new features are part of watchOS 8 beta 1:
- Sleeping respiratory rate
- Portrait Watch Face and Photos app
- Messages and Contacts apps
- Find Items app
- Redesigned Music app
- Updated Weather app
- Always-on support for more apps
You can check our detailed coverage of all these features here. We will update this post as subsequent beta builds are released and new changes and features are discovered in them.
Is your Apple Watch compatible with watchOS 8?
watchOS 8 is compatible with the following models. These are the same models that were also compatible with watchOS 7.
How to upgrade Apple Watch to watchOS 8 beta?
Unless you are a developer and know what you are doing, you should not attempt to install watchOS 8 on your Apple Watch. In case something goes wrong, you cannot manually restore your Watch to an older watchOS version and will need to send it to an Apple service center.
With that out of the way, here is what you need to do to install the beta. Sign up to Apple Developer Center (costs $99/year) and download the beta profile using your paired iPhone. When asked, install the profile to your Apple Watch. Once done, go to Settings > General > Software Update and wait for watchOS 8 to show up. Place your Apple Watch on its charger, and start the download and installation process.
Enjoy testing the new beta!