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Here’s How Long the watchOS 6.0.1 Update Takes to Finish



The watchOS 6 update takes a while to install, but thankfully the watchOS 6.0.1 update is much faster. Here’s how long the watchOS 6.0.1 update takes to finish.

It will take a while to install if you are still on watchOS 5, so make sure you plan that into your day. It took us an hour and 20 minutes to install watchOS 6 on the Apple Watch Series 4 on day one. It only took about 15 minutes to install watchOS 6.0.1 on day one on the Series 5.

The watchOS 6.0.1 update is a free update for the Apple Watch Series 1 through Series 5 devices, but it is not yet out for the Series 1 or Series 2.

The watchOS 6 update for the Apple Watch 4 is 690MB. The watchOS 6.0.1 update is between 76.4MB and 91.5MB on the Apple Watch 5.

Here’s what you need to do before installing watchOS and how to install watchOS updates.

How Long Does the watchOS 6.0.1 Update Take?

This is how long the watchOS 6 update takes to finish.

This is how long the watchOS 6 update takes to finish.

You need to plan on spending at least an hour installing the watchOS 6 update, but if you are just installing the watchOS 6.0.1 udpate it is much faster. This doesn’t include how long iOS 13 takes to install.

If you are upgrading from watchOS 6, you will have the quickest upgrade path, but if you are on an older model, this process could take longer, due to a potentially bigger update. Plan on spending at least 15 minutes and potentially up to an hour installing iOS 13 first.

To install watchOS 6.0.1 on your device, it needs at least 50% battery life, to be connected to the charger and to WiFi. That means you can’t use the Apple Watch, and you can’t leave the Apple Watch and take your iPhone somewhere, so you’re tied to your desk. Here’s how long the watchOS 6.0.1 update takes to finish;

Task Time
Backup Apple Watch (Optional) 1-30 minutes (Automatic)
watchOS 6.0.1 Download 5-10 minutes
watchOS 6 Update Installation 5-10 minutes
Total watchOS 5.3.1 Update Time 10-15 minutes

Don’t try to do this when you need to run out to go home from work, head out to an evening event or are in a hurry. The best time for many users to install watchOS 6.0.1 is in the evening or right before bed, when there is plenty of time for the Apple Watch update to download and install. Don’t attempt this on public WiFi.

Once the watchOS 6.0,1 update installs, you will get an alert on your phone so that you know it is done. The update will go faster in the coming days and weeks, so if this seems like too long of an update, just hold off until next week.

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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? If so, you may find a better experience on your Apple Watch with watchOS 6 or watchOS 6.0.1

Not only is Apple making the Apple Watch better with new features, but they are also pushing forward with performance improvements with each update. 

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 good chance that Apple will fix some of these issues in watchOS 6. 

For users that held off on the watchOS 5.3 or 5.3.1 updates, you'll also find more fixes that will help you out with a better Apple Watch experience. Features are great, but fixes are better. 

The watchOS 6.0.1 update includes the following fixes;

  • Resolves an issue where the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse watch face does not speak time
  • Addresses an issue where the calendar complication may not display events
  • Fixes a bug that could result in a loss of display calibration data

You'll can read our early watchOS 6.0.1 review for more on the performance so far. 



  1. atari breakout

    09/19/2019 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for providing information about this smart watch.

  2. Mike

    09/20/2019 at 7:52 pm

    Very helpful article! Tip: if you keep your iPhone close to your Apple Watch it wilL DL faster. My 2 day dropped to 16 hours by doing that. Also, it took almost 4 hours to download. Now it’s “preparing” and it’s been about an hour as well. This reminds me of windows back in the day when we had floppy drives.

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