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Here’s How Long the WatchOS 7.0.1 Update Takes to Finish

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The watchOS 7.0,1 update is here, and it is going to take some time to install, especially if you are upgrading from watchOS 6.  Here’s how long the watchOS 7.0.1 update takes to finish.

You should count on at least an hour to install watchOS 7.0.1, and you may need to budget up to two and a half hours to install watchOS 7.0.1 if you are upgrading from watchOS 6.

The watchOS 7 update is a free update for the Apple Watch Series 3 through Series 5 devices. Apple released the watchOS 7.0.1 update on September 24th.

The watchOS 7 update was 987 MB for the Apple Watch Series 5, and watchOS 7.0.1 is 66.3MB on the Apple Watch 6.

How Long Does the watchOS 7.0.1 Update Take?

How long does watchOS 7.0.1 take to install?

You need to plan on spending at least an hour installing the watchOS 7.0.1 update, and potentially longer during the first days of the release.

If you are upgrading from watchOS 6, you will need to plan on a longer process since the update includes watchOS 7 and 7.0.1. Plan on spending at least 20 minutes and potentially up to an hour installing iOS 14.0.1 if you aren’t already on it.

To install watchOS 7.0.1 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 7.0.1 update takes to finish;

TaskTime
Backup Apple Watch (Optional)1-30 minutes (Automatic)
watchOS 7.0.1 Download30 to 100 minutes
watchOS 7.0.1 Update Installation15 to 30 minutes
Total watchOS 7.0.1 Update Time45-160 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 7.0.1 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 7.0.1 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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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 speakerphone. 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 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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