You can now download watchOS 6 GM for Apple Watch right now. Announced back in June, watchOS 6 has been on the bucket list for a lot of users out there. Today is a lucky day for registered developers as they can download watchOS 6 GM on their compatible Apple Watches, including Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and of course, Series 4. But right now, this update is available for registered developers only, for everyone else it will be available later this month.

Watch OS 6 Meridian Watch Face White
Watch OS 6 Meridian Watch Face White

Even if you are not a developer, you can start things up by signing up here with Apple. The developer program membership will set you back $99 on an annual basis, which is fair, given that you get access to every bit beta before anyone else.

With that out of the way, follow the steps outlined below:

Note: If you already have the beta installed, then watchOS 6 GM should appear as a regular update. Head over to Watch > General > Software Update on iPhone in order to download.

  • Start off by making sure you have iOS 13 installed on your iPhone. If you do, move onto the next step.
  • Sign in to the Apple Developer Program website using your iPhone.
  • Once signed in, tap on Downloads.
  • Scroll down to the Featured Downloads section and look for watchOS 6 GM.
  • Right next to the watchOS 6 GM entry, there’s a blue ‘Download’ button. Tap on it.
  • Install the configuration profile, restart your iPhone and Apple Watch if required.
  • Navigate to Watch > General > Software Update on your iPhone.
  • The watchOS 6 GM will show up in a few seconds. Tap on Download and Install.

This is the part of the process which may take a while to get through. It’s best to leave your Apple Watch on charge alongside your iPhone. Like I mention in a lot of cases, this is the part you whip out that Chemex and make yourself a legendary cup of coffee.