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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple today released watchOS 7.6.1, a minor update to the watchOS 7 operating system that was released in September 2020. watchOS 7.6.1 comes two weeks after the release of watchOS 7.6, an update that brought ECG capabilities to new regions.


‌‌The watchOS 7.6.1 update‌‌ 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, the watchOS 7.6.1 update includes important security updates and it is recommended for all users. An Apple security support document indicates that the update fixes a memory issue that may have been actively exploited in the wild, so Apple Watch users should upgrade as soon as possible. This is the same issue that Apple previously addressed in iOS 14.7.1 and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1.

Article Link: Apple Releases watchOS 7.6.1 With Security Updates
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macrumors member
Jul 20, 2011
They don’t update it, you complain. They do update it, you complain. There just is no pleasing some people
Got a link for me complaining if they don't update?

The real problem here is they have a currently marketed product that doesn't update correctly. So updates are painful. I'll definitely keep complaining about that. Every time.

What a joke.
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 21, 2016
I'm getting really tired of the frequent Apple Watch updates. Updating my wife's Apple Watch 3 is painful.

Get it together Apple.
I don’t even do it anymore. So tired of it.

(Hopefully nobody complains about complaining…)


macrumors regular
Aug 29, 2017
Amen. What people don't get is the Apple Watch 3 is a current product. It's still being actively sold and marketed on Apple's website. I wouldn't be complaining if it was an unsupported product.
I do believe with watchOS 8 you only need 500mb to install updates. Obvs after you’ve installed that is lol


macrumors member
Dec 24, 2007
Saint Paul, MN
I'm getting really tired of the frequent Apple Watch updates. Updating my wife's Apple Watch 3 is painful.

Get it together Apple.
My Series 3 was perfectly happy to download and prepare this update without the unpairing (it'll actually install overnight). Yay! I think we may be out of the woods on this one, because watchOS 8 apparently makes that whole situation better by requiring just 500 MB or less and I doubt there'll be a watchOS 7.7. I bet any future watchOS 7.6.x updates will install just fine too.


macrumors 604
Sep 25, 2018
It has been fixed with ios 14.7.1 update
I am not talking about the touchid one, I’m talking about the new “feature” that you have to unlock your iPhone, swipe up and then a pop up shows up for 3-4 sec before the watch is unlocked. This was introduced with 14.7 and 7.5 - it used to unlock the watch just by unlocking the phone without having to swipe up, this is for faceid phones, no idea how it works with touchid


macrumors 6502
Jan 12, 2017
Updating my wife's Apple Watch 3 is painful.

Even with my S6 updating the Apple Watch is a really unpleasant experience. It is not possible to initiate the update when the watch is on the charger. You have to unlock it and keep it unlocked while downloading the update, otherwise it might fail. Than it takes ages.

I have activated auto updates on my watch but in all the years I use Apple Watches I have never seen an automatically installed update.
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