watchOS 4 GM Download is Now Available for Apple Watch Users – How to Update Right Now

Uzair Ghani
watchOS 4 GM

You can download watchOS 4 GM (Gold Master) for your Apple Watch. Here’s how you can update your wearable right now.

watchOS 4 GM is Now Available for Download - Update Your Apple Watch Today

Unlike every other software from Apple, watchOS 4 is available for download only for registered developers. So, if you’ve been testing out the latest wearable firmware for Apple Watch, then you’ll be pleased to learn that watchOS 4 GM is now available to download for you.

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Just like previous builds of watchOS 4 beta, this one’s available to download over the air too. This means the process is seamless and yet painfully slow. Nonetheless, follow the steps below and you’ll be riding the watchOS 4 GM train in no time.

Download watchOS 4 GM Over the Air

Before you begin, please make sure that your Apple Watch is placed on its magnetic charger and has at least 50% of battery left. If you don’t, then the update process won’t begin at all. All set? Let’s start.

  • Assuming you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, launch the Watch app from your iPhone’s home screen.
  • Navigate to General > Software Update.
  • As soon as a new update becomes available for download, tap on the Download and Install button.

The update will begin downloading at this point. Once it’s done downloading, it will be prepared, then the installation process will begin.

As soon as the installation kicks off, it’s best to leave your iPhone and Apple Watch together, and on charge, during the entire process. It’s best that you utilize this time to study black holes, contemplate the existence of pineapples on a pizza and whatnot. Trust me, this one will take a while.

Once the installation is complete, you’ll boot right up into watchOS 4 GM. And yes, in case a last-minute bug is discovered by Apple, we will be seeing GM 2 for download. If not, and I really hope that is the case, then we will head straight for the final download date without any change whatsoever.

If you make use of your Apple Watch a lot, especially for tasks that involves fitness, then I would highly recommend this update. It features a revamped Activity system, as well as a new Siri-focused watch face, allowing you to stay on top of your schedule no matter where you are. But do keep in mind that this watch face will be of little use if you reside in a country or region where Siri-related services are limited.

In case you're wondering whether or not you can downgrade from watchOS 4 GM to watchOS 3, you can read about it here.

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