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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.

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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
 

pnoyblazed

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I keep getting the error that I'm not connected to the internet whenever I try to get this update via OTA
 
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RamGuy

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I'm somewhat sceptical installing this by the fact that its wrongly named as iOS 5 instead of watchOS 5 Developer BETA2.
 
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pnoyblazed

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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
 

brian3x

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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 !!
 

grinny11

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I am having the same no internet connection error too.

Tried reinstalling the profile. No go.
 

MrGimper

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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.
 

pnoyblazed

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I reinstalled the apple watch profile on both iPhone and watch, rebooted, and it finally showed up for me
 

Nunyabinez

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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.

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
 

MrGimper

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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

Wow, you're really quoting me that... I've been on watchOS and iOS betas since you could get betas.
 

Squuiid

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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.
Beware.

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