WatchOS 9 is now out, which means it''s time to update your Apple Watch if you''re ready to take advantage of all of its new features, tools, and settings. However, with all of the upgrades youllll find on your wrist, you may want to think before.
Apple Watch receives improved sleep tracking with sleep stages data, a collection of fresh watch faces, a new workout interface, AFib History, the Medications app found on iOS 16, slimline notification banners, and more.
All watchOS 9 compatible devices also have Apple Watch low power mode, but the battery life feature isnt just reserved for Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra. However, some watchOS 9 updates are only available for select Apple Watch devices, no matter which gadget you have, but installing the latest software version will make the best smartwatch even better.
Check out our guide on how to upgrade your Apple Watch to install watchOS 9 and begin using the new Apple Watch features. Here are five things you should try first when watchingOS 9 is up.
1.Change your Apple Watch face
With the addition of four new faces to watchOS 9: Metropolitan, Lunar, Astronomy, and Playtime, there are now more Apple Watch faces to choose from. We interviewed Joi Fulton, a 2D/3D illustrator, as well as two Apple associates, to learn more about how this collection of watch faces came together.
Certain existing watch faces have even more customization options. As always, you may make a library of many watch faces, but your iPhones Focus presets can now include assigned watch faces. If you enable a specific Focus state on your iPhone, your Apple Watch face may automatically change depending on your preference.
2.Set up the Medications app
One of the iOS 16 features we couldnt wait to use works for both your iPhone and Apple Watch. While the new Medications app may not sound exciting, it is still useful for anyone who takes any medication, thus aiding you in achieving a better digital health profile.
You can add your medications (either daily or temporarily, such as an antibiotic) and specify when you take them. The Health app will not only look for possible reactions with your medications, but it will also send you reminders when it''s time to take them. These reminders will appear on your Apple Watch, prompting you to log intake quickly and discreetly from your wrist.
3.Close your Apple Watch rings
Apple Watch fitness app was redesigned for watchOS 9, so a great way to try out the new running statistics is to get active. With more new monitoring parameters, watchOS 9 vertical oscillation, stride length, and ground contact time data, you may even gain some insight into your running habits. Custom workouts, and recognition of routine routes can also help you towards running goals.
Heart rate zones are another new feature for Apple Watch workout-tracking. In the Workout app, you can see your heart rate zones in real-time. Without leaving the app, you may also see progress on your Apple Watch rings.
4.Manage your Apple Watchs battery life
Though it was a later announcement, Apple Watch low power mode is one of the most impressive watchOS 9 updates. According to Apple''s estimates, the Apple Watch Series 8 battery life has now increased from 18 to 36 hours. However, you should see improvements to your Apple Watchs stamina if you turn on low power mode in the control center.
Low power mode will disable power-draining capabilities such as the always-on display, cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity, automatic workout tracking, and continuous heart rate monitoring. Regardless, if you have a long day ahead or an overnight trip, make sure you have your Apple Watch active.
5.Wear your Apple Watch to sleep
The Sleep app for watchOS 9 has been upgraded so that you can see your sleep cycles as well. Previously, the Apple Watch could only tell your time in bed and time asleep with respiratory data. Now, you can see an overview of your sleep cycles.
The Apple Watch should now be able to detect which stages of sleep youre in throughout the night. You''ll be able to see how much time you spent in each phase and when you might''ve woken up. Long-term sleep trends can be reviewed in the Health app on your iPhone.