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5 Things to Know About the watchOS 6.1.1 Update

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Apple confirmed a new watchOS 6.1.1 update today that is available as a developer beta, and that will make it’s way to the Apple Watch in the near future.

This is alongside the iOS 13.3 update that is out in beta for the iPhone today, and that you may need to install to get this update. Apple is already on iOS 13.2 for the iPhone and watchOS 6.1 on the Apple Watch.

The watchOS 6.1.1 update will be a bug fix update to the first major Apple Watch update since the watchOS 6 release earlier this year. This will likely focus on bug fixes for the Apple Watch and fine-tuning features. It may play into the Screen Time communication limits feature that could be a part of the iOS 13.3 update.

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We don’t know an official watchOS 6.1.1 release date yet, but it is in testing with a beta for developers. While there will likely be a public iOS 13.3 beta, Apple does not offer a public Apple Watch beta. You can still try it through a developer beta, but there are many reasons not to.

With the watchOS 6.1.1 update on the way, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the next update for the Apple Watch and watchOS 6.

We’ll start with the watchOS 6.1.1 beta, what we know about new features and changes, what to expect from the watchOS 6.1.1 release date and time as well as other key information.

watchOS 6.1.1 Beta

The watchOS 6.1.1 update is official and available as a beta now for developers.

The watchOS 6.1.1 update is official and available as a beta now for developers.

The watchOS 6.1.1 beta is out now for developers. We believe this is coming to all models that run watchOS 6.1, including the Series 1 and Series 2 models.

This watchOS 6.1.1 beta is 185 MB for many users and you can download it to your Apple Watch directly if you have the right profile set up. This is only a developer beta, and it will remain so.

It is unclear if you need the iOS 13.3 beta installed to get this developer beta. You should not install this on your only Apple Watch or on a device you rely on each day. While it may fix bugs, it can also add issues and errors.

watchOS 6.1.1 Release Date

There is no watchOS 6.1.1 release date or teaser date yet. There is a very good chance that this update arrives in 2019, and possibly event in November since it is a bug fix update.

When Apple rolls out a beta we typically see several beta versions arrive before the update lands as an official release. Count on seeing Apple test this update over the coming weeks and then potentially issue a new official release to users in November or early December.

watchOS 6.1.1 Release Time

Apple is very predictable with watchOS update release times. This is especially true when the update is in beta testing and planned for, instead of a rushed fix for a major issue.

You can count on seeing the watchOS 6.1.1 release time around 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern. This may come with an iOS update, and if it does, you will need to download that first.

Here’s what you can expect from the watchOS 6.1.1 release time in U.S. timezones and other countries around the world:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11 AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

You will likely see more betas roll out around this time over the next few weeks.

watchOS 6.1.1 Update: What’s New

What's new in watchOS 6.1.1?

What’s new in watchOS 6.1.1?

At this stage, we don’t have a full list of what’s new in watchOS 6.1.1 and we may not know for a few days or even weeks. This definitely includes bug fixes and potentially adds in security updates.

We could also see this feature a part of the new Screen Time Communication Limits that may be part of iOS 13.3. Given the Apple Watch’s ability to function as a messaging device, this makes sense.

watchOS 6.1.1 Downgrade

There is no way to downgrade from watchOS 6.1.1 beta to watchOS 6.1, which is one reason that this is a developer-only beta.

Apple does not offer a public beta for the Apple Watch, and won’t start with a bug fix update like this. Most users should wait for the official release to avoid adding to any problems.

50+ Exciting Things You Can Do With the Apple Watch

Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

Answer Calls on the Apple Watch

You can answer a call on your Apple Watch using it as a small Bluetooth speaker phone. You only want to use this for shorter calls because the audio quality isn't as good as when you are talking on speakerphone on your iPhone. 

The Apple Watch only allows you to answer your calls on Speakerphone, so you won't want to use this all the time. It is very handy when you are working on a project or busy with your hands. Definitely be conscious of where you are taking calls. If you wouldn't talk on speakerphone, you shouldn't talk on your Apple Watch.

If you buy the new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, you can even make calls on the Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby. This requires adding the watch to your plan for $10 a month. You cannot answer a FaceTime video call on the Apple Watch. 

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