watchOS 2 Downgrade On Apple Watch, Is It Possible?

At WWDC 2015, Apple disclosed its future prepare for watchOS with the introduction of version 2.0 of the software that powers Apple Watch. Readily available right now as a developer preview for those who are bold sufficient to attempt it, setting up the new pre-release software on the Apple Watch is as simple as running a provisioning profile on an iPhone running iOS 9 beta. However the big concern is, can you downgrade watchOS 2 back to watchOS 1.0.1 as soon as you are done testing the new software functions?

The brief answer to this question is NO. While you can downgrade iOS 9 beta on your iPhone, there’s presently no chance to downgrade watchOS 2 beta to the existing public release of watchOS on Apple Watch. And if that was insufficient, as discussed previously, watchOS 2 only works with an iPhone running iOS 9, so even if you downgrade your iPhone to iOS 8.x, you can not use it with your Apple Watch running watchOS 2. Big downer!


Apple Watch uses a various system to iOS devices for setting up OS updates. Downgrading is not possible due to the fact that Apple Watch does not appear to have any sort of user-accessible Recovery or DFU mode which you can utilize to make the downgrade process take place. Apple also currently does not sell any hardware device to public which lets you connect the Watch with a computer system. Yes, Apple Watch does feature a diagnostic port but that is meant for use by Apple engineers just.

On iPhones and iPads its an entirely various story as you can use Recuperation or DFU mode when connected to iTunes to revert back to the current public release of iOS from a pre-release beta construct. When it come to the Apple Watch, there’s no such thing readily available to public, a minimum of not yet.

Apple has this little details clearly pointed out on watchOS 2 beta upgrade page that downgrading to an older version of watchOS is not possible. So when you update to a beta version, you’re persevered for good – – or bad, depending upon how you look at it.

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So exactly what if you have already upgraded to watchOS 2 beta? Well you are stuck for now and will need to go through entire version 2.0 beta cycle till fall 2015 when last consumer version will be released. Our resident video editor Joel Barron learnt it the difficult method.

Alternatively, you can try your luck with a Brilliant Bar appointment at nearby Apple Store for a replacement/downgrade. While this has actually worked for many, some users have grumbled about Apple using an out-of-warranty repair service charge for this so beware of that.


It’s constantly advised that you install pre-release software only on those devices which are not your day-to-day motorists. We cannot stress this sufficient specifically if you’re not a designer and are just experimenting with beta software application since, you understand, you just can!

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