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3 Reasons Not to Install watchOS 5.1.3 & 9 Reasons You Should

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The watchOS 5.1.3 update brings bug fixes to the Apple Watch shortly after the watchOS 5.1.2 update added the ECG support and a collection of other fixes. With any watchOS update there are good reasons to upgrade right away, but there are also some reasons not to upgrade on day one.

In November after watchOS 5.1 broke some Apple Watch models and Apple was forced to push out watchOS 5.1.1, which is why the Apple Watch update numbers were slightly off from the iPhone and iPad. It’s all synced up again now with iOS 12.1.3 and watchOS 5.1.3.

ECG mode for the Apple Watch 4 was a major feature in the last update, but this one focuses on bug fixes. This update is coming to all models on watchOS 5, but the ECG feature is exclusive to the Apple Watch 4. There is an irregular heartbeat detection feature coming to the Apple Watch Series 1 and up.

Unlike the iOS 12.1.3 update, you cannot go back to watchOS 4 or watchOS 5 if you don’t like this update. Apple’s watchOS 5.1.3 update arrived today around 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern.

It will take a while for you to install the watchOS 5.1.3 update to your Apple Watch, but not as long as the main watchOS 5 update. You need to install the iOS 12.1.3 update before you install this, so you’ll want to read this post about the reasons to install iOS 12.1.3, and the reasons not to before you make that jump.

Most of the reasons to install watchOS 5 and watchOS 5.1.3 are about the exciting new Apple Watch features that add to the long list of things the Apple Watch can do. There are also performance improvements and other upgrades. Keep in mind that you may run into watchOS 5 problems and you will need to wait for another update since there is no downgrade option.

There are loads of reasons to install watchOS 5 or watchOS 5.1.3 on your watch today, but there are also several very important reasons not to install this update yet.

Install for watchOS 5.1.3 Fixes & Features

Install for watchOS 5.1.3 Fixes & Features

Apple doesn't just issue an update with one feature. The watchOS 5.1.3 update is a small one that focuses on bug fixes and overall stability. Apple did not list any specific fixes on the release notes. It also includes security fixes, but that list has not been updated yet. We did not find any new watchOS 5.1.3 features yet. 

Here's a look at the fixes from watchOS 5.1.2, which are included in this update if you skipped the previous one. 

  • Adds the ability to receive an alert if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation is detected (US and US territories only) 
  • Enables direct access to supported movie tickets, coupons, and rewards cards in Wallet when tapped to a contactless reader 
  • Receive notifications and animated celebrations when you achieve daily maximum points in a day during an Activity competition 
  • New Infograph complications for Mail, Maps, Messages, Find My Friends, Home, News, Phone, Remote 
  • Manage your availability for Walkie-Talkie from Control Center

This is in addition to the heart features Apple added in December. 

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