watchOS 9 Problems? Should I Update? Reported Bugs & Fixes!

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Posted in News by Miika on September 12, 2022

watchOS 9 update

Apple has released watchOS 9 build number 20R361 with lots of new features and enhancements. However, new bugs might be also included in this initial version. Check out the most common problems reported, as well as available workarounds.

watchOS 9 Update

watchOS 9 release notes
This significant release is available, over-the-air to all compatible Apple Watches.

More, the paired iPhone has to be updated to iOS 16, for this update to show up in the My Watch app, Settings -> General -> Software Update.

Tip: Update is not available if your Apple Watch is already running the RC version, because the two have the same build number!

watchOS 9 Problems

Check out a list with issues reported by users that have already updated to this release:

  • 1. Siri isn’t able to handle app Shortcut phrases and returns an unexpected result.
  • 2. American Express cards might have to be removed and re-added to the Wallet in order to work.
  • 3. Compass not working after update.
    Fix: Restart Apple Watch.
  • 4. To be updated! (Contribute in the comments!)
  • Tip: Fore more details you can check out the watchOS 9 Developer release notes.

watchOS 9 Bugs Fixed

Issues reported in watchOS 8.7 and fixed in this release are highlighted below:

  • To be updated!
  • Tip: For security patches please check out the security content published by Apple over here.

watchOS 9 Features

watchOS 9 features
The most important enhancements coming in this release are highlighted below:

  • 1. New Watch Faces: Astronomy, Lunar, Metropolitan, Playtime.
  • 2. Background Color Editor for Watch Faces
  • 3. Dogs and cats in Portraits Face
  • 4. Sleep Stages
  • 5. Medications app
  • 6. AFib History (only in the United States)
  • 7. Redesigned Calendar App
  • 8. Custom Workouts
  • 9. Multisport Workouts
  • 10. Running Form Metrics
  • 11. Heart Rate Zones
  • 12. Cardio Recovery
  • 13. Kickboard Detection
  • 14. Cross-device Connectivity
  • 15. Expanded keyboard languages
  • 16. Home Keys for kids with Family Setup

Have you installed the watchOS 9 update? What’s your feedback? Do you have any questions or suggestions? Are we missing any new features or common bugs? Share them in the comments!

Related: Apple has also rolled out iOS 16 (20A362), tvOS 16 (20J373), iOS 15.7 (19H12), iPadOS 15.7 (19H12), macOS 12.6 (21G115) and HomePodOS 16.

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