watchOS 7.4.1 available
A week ago, watchOS 7.4 came out with a long-awaited new feature: the ability to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask. The Apple Watch takes care of the authentication. The now released update watchOS 7.4.1 is less exciting. It only contains security fixes for issues that have surfaced since the release of 7.4.
watchOS 7.4.1 releasenotes
These are the release notes Apple released for watchOS 7.4.1:
This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.
Information about the security aspects of Apple software updates can be found on this page:
Download watchOS 7.4.1
To perform the update, do the following on the paired iPhone, which is already updated with the latest iOS version:
- Go to My Watch> General.
- Tap on Software-update and wait for the update to download.
- Hang the Apple Watch on the charger and wait patiently for the update to be installed.
While the Apple Watch is updating, keep the paired iPhone nearby to avoid disrupting the update process. Updating the Apple Watch can take more than an hour, so be patient. In any case, make sure that the connection to the charger is not interrupted. To complete the installation, it is mandatory to connect the Apple Watch to the charger, so keep that in mind.
You can also update directly via the Apple Watch itself:
- Open the Settings app on the Apple Watch.
- Go to General> Software update.
- Wait for the Apple Watch to search for the update.
- Tap on To download.
- After downloading, put the Apple Watch on the charger. The installation will start automatically.
Is the installation unsuccessful? For watchOS installation problems, read our corresponding article.
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watchOS 7 is the major software update for the Apple Watch, which appeared in the fall of 2020. The update includes the long-awaited sleep functions, new and improved watch faces, a hand washing function and much more. Read more about the update and an overview of all watchOS 7 features here.