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Here’s How Long the watchOS 6.2.8 Update Takes to Finish



The watchOS 6 update takes a while to install, but the watchOS 6.2.8 update is much faster. Here’s how long the watchOS 6.2.8 update takes to finish.

It took us an hour and 20 minutes to install watchOS 6 on the Apple Watch Series 4 on day one. The watchOS 6.2.8 update installed quickly on the Apple Watch 5 in about 15 minutes.

The watchOS 6.2.8 update is a free update for the Apple Watch Series 1 through Series 5 devices. The watchOS 6.2.8 update is over 100MB 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 6.2.8 Update Take?

You need to plan on spending at least an hour installing the watchOS 6 update, but if you are just installing the watchOS 6.2.8 update it is much faster.

If you are upgrading from watchOS 6, you will have the quickest upgrade path, but if you are on an older release, this process could take longer, due to a potentially bigger update. Plan on spending at least 20 minutes and potentially up to an hour installing iOS 13.6 if you aren’t already on it.

To install watchOS 6.2.8 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 6.2.8 update takes to finish;

Task Time
Backup Apple Watch (Optional) 1-30 minutes (Automatic)
watchOS 6.2.8 Download 3-15 minutes
watchOS 6.2.8 Update Installation 8-15 minutes
Total watchOS 6.2.8 Update Time 15-60 minutes

Don’t try to do this when you are in a hurry. If you are an essential worker and you need to be ready to go to work, don’t start this right before you need to go out the door.

The best time for many users to install watchOS 6.2.8 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 6.2.8 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.

4 Reasons Not to Install watchOS 6.2.8 & 10 Reasons You Should

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.



  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.

    • Penny

      09/20/2020 at 7:23 pm

      Do I have to stay with the devices all night?

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