Apple Releases Second Beta of New watchOS 5 Operating System to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 5 update, two weeks after releasing the first beta following the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote and one week after releasing an updated watchOS 5 beta 1 with a bug fix. watchOS 5 is the newest version of the software that runs on the Apple Watch.

    To install the beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the watchOS 5 beta can be downloaded using the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update.


    To update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on an Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device instead of a primary device given that this is an early version of the watchOS 5 software that still has bugs to be worked out.

    The first version of the initial watchOS 5 beta was pulled by Apple shortly after it was released due to reports that the beta had been bricking some Series 2 Apple Watches, rendering them unusable. Apple on June 11 released an updated version of the first beta.

    watchOS 5 is a major update to watchOS, introducing Activity Competitions so you can compete on workouts with friends, Walkie-Talkie with push-to-talk functionality for quickly communicating with the people you talk to most, and auto workout detection to make it easier than ever to start and stop workouts.

    Other new features include an improved Siri watch face with support for third-party apps, a dedicated Apple Podcasts app, new Workout types that include Yoga and Hiking, new features for runners, WebKit support for viewing some web content on Apple Watch, and enhanced notifications, which will make notifications on the Apple Watch interactive.

    watchOS 5 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers (because there's no way to downgrade Apple Watch software), so non-developers will need to wait until the software is officially released in the fall to try it out.

    The watchOS 5 update runs on all Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 Apple Watch models. It is not available for the first-generation "Series 0" Apple Watch models, likely due to performance and battery issues.

    Update: watchOS 5 beta 2 includes the new Walkie-Talkie app.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Second Beta of New watchOS 5 Operating System to Developers
  2. viperGTS macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2010
  3. SamGabbay macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2011
    Correction... It's iOS 5.

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  4. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2008
    I keep getting the error that I'm not connected to the internet whenever I try to get this update via OTA
  5. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    You need a dev account to get watch os 5 beta installed correct?
  6. betasp macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Same here. Usually that means just to give it some time.
  7. RamGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    I'm somewhat sceptical installing this by the fact that its wrongly named as iOS 5 instead of watchOS 5 Developer BETA2.
  8. Niclisten Suspended


    Jun 1, 2017
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    If you can locate the watchOS 5 profile online somewhere and download it you don’t. Rules prohibit telling you where to find it. Google usually solves it though ...
  10. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    If you don’t have a spare Apple Watch, I wouldn’t suggest this.
  11. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    The developer site still shows the latest release as June 11th.
  12. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2008
    anyone else get this to install? I have redownloaded the watch profile to both my iPhone and watch, rebooted, still gives me that no internet connection error
  13. brian3x macrumors newbie


    Sep 22, 2017
    First beta installed fine on Cell SS model, beta 1 attempt 2 required hard reset and repairing. This beta installed fine and just like the iOS 12 beta update from today, has made my watch blazingly FAST !! So far happy with both !!
  14. dillacom macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2006
  15. grinny11 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2008
    I am having the same no internet connection error too.

    Tried reinstalling the profile. No go.
  16. AppleMad98004 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2011
    Cylde Hill, WA
    I would not install on your primary Apple Watch.... Most developers have at least two perhaps more for testing.
  17. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    No internet connection about 200 times and now stuck at 50% of preparing. Of everything you’d expect them to have gotten solid over the last few years it’s the install process.
  18. dillacom macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2006
    It is
  19. maticore78 macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2017
    It is and it has a cool quick access where the notification indicator is.
  20. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2008
    I reinstalled the apple watch profile on both iPhone and watch, rebooted, and it finally showed up for me
  21. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    Beta Software
    "Since beta software is a pre-release version of the final application, it may be unstable or lack features that will be be included in the final release. Therefore, beta software often comes with a disclaimer that testers should use the software at their own risk. If you choose to beta test a program, be aware that it may not function as expected."

    The more you know
  22. codycooper macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2018
    The only way I resolved this was to un- and re-pair the device, and reinstall the profile.
  23. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Wow, you're really quoting me that... I've been on watchOS and iOS betas since you could get betas.
  24. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    This beta bricked my S2. I’d previously done a clean install of beta 1 without issue. Tried upgrading to beta 2 and I now have a dead watch.

    UPDATE: Was able to recover by holding down both buttons for 10 seconds. Phew!
  25. djkasmic macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Raise to speak isn’t available yet in beta 2?

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