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Apple today released watchOS 6.2.1, the seventh update to the watchOS 6 operating system that's designed to run on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 6.2.1 comes two weeks after the release of watchOS 6.2, which brought a in-app purchases to the watchOS App Store.

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watchOS 6.2.1 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated ??Apple Watch?? app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the ??Apple Watch?? needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ??iPhone??.

According to Apple's release notes, watchOS 6.2.1 fixes the FaceTime bug that prevented Apple Watches running watchOS 6.2 from participating in FaceTime audio calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier.

Apple yesterday released iOS 13.4.1 to fix the same bug, which prevented audio and video FaceTime calls with devices running earlier versions of iOS.

watchOS 6.2.1 may be one of the last updates to the watchOS 6 operating system as Apple transitions to working on watchOS 7, which will be previewed this June before launching in the fall.

Article Link: Apple Releases watchOS 6.2.1 With FaceTime Bug Fix
 

davidec

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Any chance of it fixing the 'No More Events' bug. That is infuriating, as I like to leave my phone at home more and more.
 

tridley68

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Hop it fixes the problems others are having. Knock on wood that I haven't had any issues with my series 4
 

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So, who's done this update? Does it break anything? Anything else?

Battery life?

I mean wow, my Apple Watch works great (except for the Rings, which is a PITA) and Apple goes and updates it again?

NOOOOOOOOOO!!! PLEASE NOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
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LuvMacs

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Hopefully this fixes my issues with my workouts where the activity minutes are not tracked right.
Good luck! I have spoken with senior technical support advisors on numerous occasions & shared information requested by the engineers. For some reason the  Watch episodically stops tracking the heart rate during exercise and as a consequence you do not get "credit" for that portion of your workout.
 

lkrupp

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I love the ‘I hope it fixes (insert favorite non issue) posts. Why would people expect that when the update is announced specifically for a FaceTime bug?
 
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Good luck! I have spoken with senior technical support advisors on numerous occasions & shared information requested by the engineers. For some reason the  Watch episodically stops tracking the heart rate during exercise and as a consequence you do not get "credit" for that portion of your workout.

I have been able to fix this issue to a certain extent: Cooler/cold days, I make sure to wear long sleeves to keep my wrist area warm. Wet days have been a hit or miss, but sporting a velcro band and tightening it up has helped tremendously. Warm days are typically problem free, I’d say 95% of the time my AW tracks my heart rate just fine. Surprisingly, though, my swimming sessions have been problem free when it comes to tracking my heart rate given all the trouble I’ve had during wet/cold outdoor activities. I am yet to figure out what is causing all the inconsistency.
To your point, skipping heart rate has been a noticeable issue for me especially the last 6-9 months but the things I mentioned above has helped me track my workouts more accurately.
Cheers!
 

FotorX

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Interestingly I am not seeing this update. Both the iPhone's Watch app and the Apple Watch itself says that "you are up to date watchOS 6.2". I did receive the macOS and iOS updates. My watch is an old Series 1 but it is capable of doing FaceTime-audio and that is why it is so strange.

The previous commenters are right, the official website says it is for Series 3 and later.
 

slineaudi

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My watch still hasn't done the last update. Just an endless loop of "Unable to check for update" or "Update failed". Updating watch OS is the worst experience I've had with any Apple product. It just doesn't work.
 

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Hopefully this fixes my issues with my workouts where the activity minutes are not tracked right.

You too? I opened a case with Strava over the rides I was doing not showing with the full time span being reported. The weird thing is that the time reported through all of the various apps I use, up until the data gets to the Apple Rings, and then they lose a percentage of the activity. Weird. And I'm, perhaps obviously, using a dedicated HRM, and the data seems to be spot on. Strava got to the point they had transferred my issue to second level support, and they were stumped. I finally sent in all of the various app data that was generated, and they pointed out the Apple Ring inaccuracy/alteration. I didn't want to open a case with Apple over it because the last case I opened was treated so weirdly. *shrug*

I'll watch this thread and see if the problem is 'fixed'. I mean, how stupid does an app have to be to literally pull a number out of the air with so many reporting the correct number...
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I have been able to fix this issue to a certain extent: Cooler/cold days, I make sure to wear long sleeves to keep my wrist area warm. Wet days have been a hit or miss, but sporting a velcro band and tightening it up has helped tremendously. Warm days are typically problem free, I’d say 95% of the time my AW tracks my heart rate just fine. Surprisingly, though, my swimming sessions have been problem free when it comes to tracking my heart rate given all the trouble I’ve had during wet/cold outdoor activities. I am yet to figure out what is causing all the inconsistency.
To your point, skipping heart rate has been a noticeable issue for me especially the last 6-9 months but the things I mentioned above has helped me track my workouts more accurately.
Cheers!

I don't run anymore, but on my bikes, I always use a dedicated HRM. I guess I've avoided this issue. Back in the day when I did ride, I didn't have much of a problem, but that was years ago. Things change, and hopefully for the better. *shrug*
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My watch still hasn't done the last update. Just an endless loop of "Unable to check for update" or "Update failed". Updating watch OS is the worst experience I've had with any Apple product. It just doesn't work.

I had some issues, and Apple's routine first thing to do seems to be to erase/reset the watch, and reinstall it, which takes so much time, and, yeah, usually doesn't fix whatever was going wrong.
 
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FotorX

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I also had problems with watchOS 6. After every single update since watchOS 6 the device required 4-5 hard resets otherwise it couldn’t get past the Apple logo. It would be logical to push this update out to all devices that received 6.2. To me the watch somehow always felt less stable compared to other Apple Products even though it isn’t particularly slow or laggy.
 

MacFanBoyMike

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My watch still hasn't done the last update. Just an endless loop of "Unable to check for update" or "Update failed". Updating watch OS is the worst experience I've had with any Apple product. It just doesn't work.
Same problem here. Update failed. Plenty of room on the watch for the update. Did not even work using the overnight install option. Frustrating. But then again, maybe I don't want 6.2 until the bugs are fixed.
 

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My watch still hasn't done the last update. Just an endless loop of "Unable to check for update" or "Update failed". Updating watch OS is the worst experience I've had with any Apple product. It just doesn't work.
Had the same issue. I started the update in the settings of the watch itself, not the watch app on my iPhone, and the update went through.
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Unable to unlock my iMac after this update. Get constant Your Mac was unable to communicate with your Apple Watch errors.
 
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