While Apple’s watchOS 6 beta program helped solve some issues, there are still frustrating watchOS 6 problems annoying users who installed the watchOS 6 update.
After months of testing, the watchOS 6 is here alongside iOS 13. The update is free and it’s on the Apple Watch Series 1 through Series 4. It ships on the Apple Watch 5. You get an array of new watch faces, complications and other features with this update.
While there are improvements packed into this update, there are some users who are seeing things go in the other direction. We’re hearing about some watchOS 6 bugs and problems during the update and after installing watchOS 6.
This look at watchOS 6 problems focuses on the current issues and what we know about errors. When possible we’ll show you how to fix watchOS 6 problems and what to do if you have an issue that isn’t fixed yet. We’ll let you know what is happening with new watchOS updates and important information about a watchOS 6 downgrade.
watchOS 6 Problems
After a few hours, we are starting to learn about watchOS 6 bugs, issues and performance complaints from users. Some of these are minor, while others are definitely more frustrating to deal with.
We’re hearing from users who are not seeing the watchOS 6 update as an option to download, seeing super-long watchOS 6 installation times listed and even complaints about missing complications after installing the update.
Upgrade to watchOS 6, many complications disappeared from the watch face, including my favorite world clock. Hope to get a quick fix soon so that I won't miss any scheduled meetings with team. #WatchOS6
— MGC (@chagel) September 19, 2019
Other watchOS 6 problems include the update not working when connected to WiFi. When we first tried to install watchOS 6, it told us the update would take 2 days, which is something other users are also seeing.
— Der Wolf (@_flowg) September 19, 2019
If you see a red exclamation point on your Apple Watch, you aren’t alone. Thankfully you may be able to fix this by holding the side button and digital crown for 10 seconds to reboot the watch. We’re seeing a few reports of bad Apple Watch performance or battery life on watchOS 6. In some cases, this will fix itself after a restart or after a day.
Where to Find Feedback
If you are already running watchOS 6, or if you are doing your research, you can read up on feedback and the experiences of other users. This will help you find specific issues that are linked to apps you use or the features you love.
We have a full guide on the reasons you should install watchOS 6 and the reasons you shouldn’t. This is a good place to start, but you can go further to learn more about this update.
We recommend checking out the Apple discussion forums, Twitter and YouTube to learn what other users are experiencing with watchOS 6.
How to fix watchOS 6 Problems
If you run into a major problem on your Apple Watch after installing watchOS 6 you may need to go to Apple for help, but you can fix many of these issues on your own. Before you take time out of your day to call Apple or go to a store, you can try some of these options. Here’s our guide to fix watchOS 6 problems.
Restart your Apple Watch to fix performance and battery life problems. You can press and hold the side button and digital crown to force a restart or you can hold the side button until Power Off appears and then slide to turn your watch off. The force restart can help you fix a red exclamation mark on your Apple Watch after updating to watchOS 6.
Can You Downgrade from watchOS 6?
If you don’t like watchOS 6, you cannot downgrade to watchOS 5. Apple simply does not offer this as an option for the Apple Watch. Once you install this update, your on it until Apple delivers a newer version of watchOS 6.
You can go to an Apple Store if your watch is completely broken on watchOS 6, but they will replace it if the device is under warranty, not help you downgrade to watchOS 5.
What’s next for watchOS 6?
Apple is already working on new iOS 13 updates, and likely on a watchOS 6.0.1 or watchOS 6.1 update. We typically see Apple move swiftly to deliver small and important updates to the Apple Watch, even if the timing isn’t always in line with iOS 13.
Last year the watchOS 5.0.1 update arrived 10 days after the initial release and the watchOS 5.1 update landed a little over a month later. You can expect similar releases this year to fix problems.
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