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How to make watchOS updates on the Apple Watch much faster

Downloading and installing a watchOS update is a really slow and tedious process. Since all information must be transmitted to the watch from the iPhone, it can take much longer than an installation or update of the iPhone or iPad for example. However, you can use a very simple trick that increases the speed: deactivate the Bluetooth . But at the right time and in the right place.

A watchOS update is usually done via Bluetooth. The iPhone in the Watch app downloads the software update as it becomes available and asks us to have the Apple Watch with more than 50% battery and connected to the charger. At that time the process begins: it prepares the update, verifies that the Apple Watch can receive it and installs it in the Apple Watch. Depending on how big it is, it may take a couple of minutes or even hours.

How to make watchOS updates on the Apple Watch much faster
How to make watchOS updates on the Apple Watch much faster

Weeks ago the Outcast application for Apple Watch appeared, a podcast player that downloads episodes directly to the Apple clock. One of the tips given by the developers was to disable Bluetooth because downloading via Wi-Fi was faster . And it sure is. From that I thought about whether it could be applied to other types of downloads, such as software updates.

Normally the Apple Watch performs all data transfers via Bluetooth and passing through the iPhone. It uses this connection protocol because it uses much less battery power than Wi-Fi. However, when iPhone is not in your vicinity and is on a known Wi-Fi network, it automatically connects and transfers data over Wi-Fi, consuming more battery power but also being much faster. The trick is therefore to send the update via Wi-Fi .

  1. Make sure you have more than 50% battery power in the clock, that it’s connected to the charger, and that both the clock and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. In the iPhone Watch app download the watchOS update when it is available.
  3. Proceed to install the update in the normal way.
  4. Wait for the estimated remaining time to appear in the update progress bar. At that exact moment when the estimated remaining time is displayed, turn off the Bluetooth (from Settings, as the Control Center does not turn it off completely).
  1. Return to the Watch app and you’ll see a message asking you to turn on Bluetooth, press Cancel. The watch will force the use of the Wi-Fi network to send the update to the watch.
  2. Wait for the Preparing and Checking processes to be completed in the progress bar, then activate the Bluetooth again.
  3. Go back to the Watch app and click on Install, the update will already be sent to the watch and you just need to install it.

The process may seem a little complicated, but in reality you just have to turn off the Bluetooth from the time the estimate appears until the update has been verified. You’ll see that the time it takes to send the update is drastically reduced. Generally speaking, you can apply this trick to any other type of data sent to the Apple Watch . Wi-Fi network before Bluetooth if you need speed, Bluetooth before Wi-Fi if you need battery life.

Outcast, la app para descargar y escuchar podcasts directamente en el Apple Watch

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