Have they disabled the "turn off bluetooth" trick to download updates to watch?

Tom359

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I used this trick all the time on watch os 5 and before. Now on watch os 6 beta, when the download to watch has started and I turn off bluetooth, nothing happens. It still says downloading, but the time doesn't change. If this is permanent, what a bummer. Used to be able to download to watch in just a few minutes using that trick, now it is taking forever!
 

Shirasaki

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Bluetooth itself does not connect to internet unlike Wifi. If watchOS is meant to be independent from iPhone, I see this “trick disabled” thing a bit counter intuitive.
With that being said, a watch during the initial setup period can still download watchOS with this Bluetooth trick, as long as the connected wifi has no password. I just found this when doing personal setup in an apple store a few weeks ago.

Edit: I see a new watchOS beta coming. Will test it when I am back home.
 

Significant1

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Dec 20, 2014
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Why not disable before you start downloading?

The message you get in Watch app, when BT is disabled, is just a warning you can ignore, not an error message.
 

Shirasaki

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It appears that Watch now download watchOS on its own via wifi. Maybe no need for that trick anymore.
 

Tom359

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Well if WiFi is the default, something is wrong. I have fiber broadband and the watch updates are taking ~40 mins to download when before with the disable Bluetooth trick it would take less than 5 mins. My iMac, iPad, and iPhone all download the betas in less than 5 mins.
 

mavis

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Well if WiFi is the default, something is wrong. I have fiber broadband and the watch updates are taking ~40 mins to download when before with the disable Bluetooth trick it would take less than 5 mins. My iMac, iPad, and iPhone all download the betas in less than 5 mins.
Same here. Both the Apple Watch and iPhone X have perfect (same room, line of sight) connections to my router, which is connected to the internet by 100Mbps fiber. The phone takes a few minutes to download updates OTA but the watch takes at least 30-40 minutes, every time.