What’s new on watchOS 8.6?

By Govind

Being an Apple lover, you must keep yourself updated with the new OS or iPhone launches. This time, Apple has brought to you the update for WatchOS to offer you a simple and seamless experience.

This update brings lots of new features like the ECG app and rhythm, and much more to make you feel like controlling the world with your wrist. Want to upgrade your Apple WatchOS now? Here’s a comprehensive guide covering the step-by-step guide to downloading the update from iPhone and Watch.

But before getting into the update, it’s recommended to understand a bit about WatchOS here. Let’s get into it!!

What is watchOS?

Staying connected, active, and healthy has never been easier than with watchOS 8. You may now share your favorite moments with the enhanced Photos app or send texts way easier than before.

With this new-age watch, you can learn new ways to stay present and center yourself. What’s best, this watch allows you to see your photographs, share your favorite music, and send and reply to messages in exciting new ways right from your wrist. What else is needed?

What’s new in watchOS 8.6?

The hype of WatchOS 8.6 is hidden from none but it’s recommended to know what that’s all about? You will be amused to know that the ECG application and notifications for abnormal rhythm are now available for Apple Watch users, thanks to watchOS 8.6.

It simply means that users can now able to capture an electrocardiogram from their wrist using the ECG app, thus eliminating the hustle of going out. Sounds interesting, isn’t it?

The update also features several improvements and bug fixes. Apple watchOS 8.6 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 and later. So, what are you waiting for? Download the update and access the world right from your wrist.

Steps to install WatchOS beta using iPhone

Since now you are aware of the new updates in Apple WatchOS 8.6, it’s time to unwrap the step-by-step procedure to install the same. Follow the steps below to install the watchOS update.

  • First of all, connect your iPhone to the internet and open the Apple Watch application.
  • Secondly, select the My Watch option and choose the General option.
  • After that, Select Software Update from the menu
  • Now, choose Download and Install and Enter your iPhone’s passcode.
  • By pressing Agree, you agree to the terms and conditions.
  • When your Apple Watch gets fully charged, connect it to the magnetic charger.
  • Install it on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

The watchOS update will get downloaded to your Apple Watch. Thereafter, you need to reboot the device to finish the upgrade. You can then monitor the progress on your Apple Watch screen, and once it’s finished, you’re good to go.

How to install the watchOS beta using Apple Watch?

Apple provided the ability to update your Apple Watch through the Settings app on the Apple Watch itself with watchOS 6. Remember that this process is not completely free of iPhones, do not get surprised if it becomes so during this test cycle.

For the update to install, your Apple Watch must get connected to a charger, and it won’t do so until the battery level is at least 50%.

Here’s how you can update your Apple Watch with the watch itself.

  • Using Siri or your app list, go to Settings on your Apple Watch.
  • Select General and click on the Update Software.
  • Tap on the Install button and Press OK.
  • Launch the Watch app.
  • While remaining on your iPhone, accept the Terms & Conditions.
  • Tap Download & Install on your Apple Watch and you are done.


Although watchOS 8 is now available, there are always software updates and new versions to test. For that purpose, Apple has made beta versions of almost all OS so developers can easily write and test apps on live devices.

You must have learned the above before downloading the Apple WatchOS 8.6 before using it on your watch. For more such updates, stay connected with us.

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By Govind
Being in love with the tech world, Govind joined the technology world in 2015 and started writing about tech stuff (mobile, PC, games, other gadgets). He loves playing games, travelling, photography and sharing the latest news & updates about every Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.).

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