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5 Things to Know About the watchOS 6.2 Update



Apple released the watchOS 6.2 update today as a free upgrade for the Apple Watch models already running watchOS. This is a milestone update with many fixes and some new features.

This update adds ECG support to three new countries and adds support for in-app purchases inside Apple Watch apps, plus other changes and fixes.

The watchOS 6.2 update arrives alongside iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 which pack in a healthy dose of new features.

Our guide covers the watchOS 6.2 performance, any known problems with watchOS 6.2, the compatibility of the update, any known changes or new features and what’s next for the Apple Watch.

Let’s start with what’s new in watchOS 6.2, and the performance after a short period of testing with the update.

watchOS 6.2 Update: What’s New

What's new in watchOS 6.2

What’s new in watchOS 6.2?

This update includes five major changes, and there are also likely security and bug fixes under the hood.

  • Introduces in-app purchases for Apple Watch apps
  • Fixes an issue where music playback could pause when switching from Wi-Fi to
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later now available in Chile, New Zealand, and Turkey
  • Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Chile, New Zealand, and Turkey

The biggest change for users in Chile, New Zealand and Turkey is the addition of irregular heart rhythm or afib, and ECG support.

Users everywhere now are able to make in-app purchases in Apple Watch apps.

We also see a fix for Bluetooth connectivity and for music pausing while switching from WiFi.

watchOS 6.2 Reviews

It is still very early and I am testing this update on the Apple Watch 5 with WiFi only. We’ll be looking for reports of watchOS 6.2 performance on LTE models.

watchOS 6.2 Compatibility

The watchOS 6.2 update is compatible with all Apple Watches running watchOS 6. That includes Series 1, Series 2, Series 3, Series 4 and the newest Series 5. You need to install iOS 13.4 to install watchOS 6.2 on your Apple Watch.

watchOS 6.2 Problems

watchOS problems

Be on the lookout for watchOS 6.2 problems.

So far there are not many watchOS 6.2 problems surfacing. That is a good thing since Apple Stores are all closed. If you have a problem with this update, you may need to solve it on your own or wait a while for help or any kind of replacement.

We’ll be monitoring the situation over the few hours and days, and will update if we find any specific issues with the watchOS 6.2 update.

What’s Next for WatchOS?

At this point, we still expect several months of watchOS 6 updates that will likely include a few bug fix updates and some updates that bring new features this year.

This summer, we will likely learn about watchOS 7, which is the next step, but you shouldn’t expect that update until later this year.

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Install if You Have Apple Watch Problems

Install if You Have Apple Watch Problems

Is your Apple Watch sluggish or are you experiencing problems on watchOS 5 or watchOS 6? If so, you may find a better experience on your Apple Watch with watchOS 6.2.8.

The watchOS 6.2.8 update does not list specific fixes, but every small update like this does include some fixes. The previous updates fixed issues with FaceTime, playing music, and Bluetooth connectivity. 

If your Apple Watch is slow, connectivity isn't what it used to be or there are other issues that you simply deal with every day, there is a chance that Apple will fix some of these issues in watchOS 6.2.8.

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