If you need help updating Restart your Apple Watch. Press and hold the side button until you see Power Off, then drag the slider. To turn your watch on again, press and hold the side button. Restart your paired iPhone.
I solved this issue by uninstalling the Watch app from my iphone and reloading it. After reloading the app I paired the watch to the phone and the update started loading.
The following are ways you can use to fix an Apple watch that is unable to check for updates.
On your iPhone, in the Watch app, go to: My Watch > General > Usage > Software Update - delete any update file, if one is shown. Delete any beta profiles that may be installed for your iPhone and/or Apple Watch and then restart both devices after doing so. Restart both your iPhone and your Apple Watch (normally):
As for when to expect that, Apple tends to coincide the release of the latest version of watchOS with the release of new models of Apple Watch, which generally take place in September. With that being said, we fully expect watchOS 9 to be released sometime in September 2022.
December 14, 2020: Apple releases watchOS 7.2 The official release of watchOS 7.2 for the Apple Watch is now available. The update adds support for Apple Fitness+, Apple's new video workout subscription service.
* You should also update your Apple Watch. It could take from several minutes to an hour for the updates to complete. You might want to update overnight or wait until you have time, and make sure that both of your devices are charged.
I've managed to fix this issue by resetting the watch itself. Double tap the side button from the pair animation and choose reset. Then when starting the whole pairing / update process, make sure the watch is on it's charger.
It is working as designed. As you observed, if your watch is paired and has wrist detection enabled and the watch is unlocked then you only get text notifications on the watch. You can turn off silent mode on the watch, and/or enable vibrate on the watch. And no, Apple is not listening in this user-to-user forum.
Unable to pair until new WatchOS is installed on the watch which is not on WiFi. Therein is the rub. Your iPhone must be connected to Wi-Fi in order for the software on Apple Watch to be updated during the set up process. It is not possible to pair it without updating the software.
On your iPhone, open the Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, then tap General > Software Update. If asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter the passcode. Wait for the progress bar to appear and complete. Don't restart your Apple Watch during the update, which might take some time.
On your Apple Watch, hold the Digital Crown and tap Reset. On your iPhone, head to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and check for the watchOS update. If you see it, delete it by swiping left. Then try pairing your watch again.
Lastly, it's Apple's policy to keep supporting all its products for at least five years after they were last sold. This means that even if Apple stopped selling the Apple Watch Series 3 tomorrow, you'd still be able to get service and support for it from Apple until at least early 2026.
Ensure that your iPhone has the latest version of iOS (Settings > General > Software Update). Ensure that your iPhone and Apple Watch are close to each other. Ensure that your watch has at least 50% battery life. And ensure that your iPhone is connected to Wi-FiWi-FiWi-Fi or WiFi (/ˈwaɪfaɪ/) is a family of wireless network protocols, based on the IEEE 802.11 family of standards, which are commonly used for local area networking of devices and Internet access, allowing nearby digital devices to exchange data by radio waves..