watchOS 9 And HomePod OS 16 Are Being Released Today…. Here’s How You Can Safely Upgrade To Them

Besides iOS 16 hitting the streets today, Apple is releasing watchOS 9 to the public today. It is a major release that includes new watch faces, more workout functionality, medication logging, and better sleep tracking among other features. You can get a full list of features here.

watchOS 9 will run on the following devices:

  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7

So what do you need to do to prepare for watchOS 9? Well, there’s not a whole lot that you need to do. For example when it comes to backing up which is what I normally suggest that you do before doing an operating system upgrade, this is largely taken care of for you according to this Apple Support article which states that every time your iPhone is backed up to iCloud or iTunes, the Apple Watch data gets backed up too. So since I recommended in my previous article that you back up your iPhone before iOS 16, and you absolutely need iOS 16 to be installed before watchOS 9 shows up in the Apple Watch app, then you are covered for the most part. The only other thing I would suggest is that you should ensure that the apps on the iOS 16 iDevice are up to date as that will update the associated Apple Watch app. That way you can ensure that everything works fine post upgrade. Finally, as for the upgrade itself, it is important that you closely follow these directions from Apple as updating an Apple Watch is currently not a trivial process which if done wrong has the potential of bricking your Apple Watch.

Now over to HomePod OS 16. Again there’s really not much to do here. From previous experience, the HomePod will update independently of what version of iOS is on your iPhone. Thus I would follow these instructions to update your HomePod (or in my case, four HomePod Minis). There’s no backup required but I will note that this may take up to 10 minutes to finish. So pack your patience accordingly and just let the HomePod do its thing.

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