Apple has released the first public beta version of watchOS 7.4 alongside macOS 11.3, iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5. The updates are available for all users and if anyone is enrolled in Apple’s beta testing program, they can access it for free.
The new builds arrive two days after Apple seeded the first beta to developers and feature the usual bug fixes and minor improvements alongside some new features. The feature getting the most attention in this update is the Unlock with Apple Watch feature for iPhone.
Everything new in watchOS 7.4 beta
watchOS 7.4 brings a new feature in conjunction with iOS 14.5: the ability to unlock your iPhone using your Apple Watch. It’s about time Apple took into consideration how much of a pain Face ID can be when you have to wear a mask constantly. Note that the feature is only available to unlock iPhone, it does not work with Apple Pay or App Store purchases. In addition to the unlocking feature, Apple Fitness+ users on watchOS 7.4 enable AirPlay 2 with AirPlay 2-enabled TVs.
watchOS 7.4 beta compatible watch models
watchOS 7.4 is compatible with the following Apple Watch models:
Download and install watchOS 7.4 beta
To download the latest watchOS beta on your Apple Watch, started by installing iOS 14.5 beta 1 on your iPhone. Next, install the proper configuration profile from Apple’s beta testing website. Then, launch the Apple Watch app on iPhone, watchOS 7.4 beta 1 will be available to download from there. Make sure your Apple Watch has over 50 percent of battery life and plugged in.
Keep in mind that since this is beta software, you might experience crashes, performance issues, and bugs. Install with caution and make sure to keep a backup of your device on iCloud.