watchOS 8

A look inward.
A leap forward.

watchOS 8 helps you stay connected, active and healthy like never before. Share your favourite memories with the enhanced Photos app. Put more fun into your text messages. Find new ways to centre yourself and be present. And that’s just the start.

Connected to you, through and through.

watchOS 8 makes staying connected with the people and things you care about easier than ever. See your photos and control your home in powerful new ways — all from your wrist.

Photos

Portrait mode photos from iPhone. Now on your watch face.

Put your favourite photos of friends and family front and centre. Featuring a dynamic, multilayered effect, this new watch face uses Portrait mode photos from your iPhone to give the people you care about a starring role.

New Memories served daily

Photo highlights from your Memories and Featured Photos now automatically sync to your watch, serving up something new every day.

A picture-perfect view

The photo collection from your Memories is displayed in a unique mosaic grid, giving you a richer view of your library.

Wear it, show it, share it

With a few taps, now you can share photos via Messages and Mail.

Home

Smart home, smarter watch

When one of your smart devices is activated, watchOS 8 can automatically make suggestions for others nearby. For instance, if someone rings your connected doorbell, you might see options like unlocking the door or turning on the entry lights.

One room, lots of views

Access all your security cameras in the new Camera room. A variety of aspect ratios are supported, as is two‑way audio on cameras that offer it. To see a full‑screen view, just tap.

Mission: control

Now you can access your scenes more quickly. watchOS 8 knows which ones you’re most likely to use based on the time of day — then serves them up intuitively.

Status symbols

The current status of all your devices is now conveniently displayed at the top of the Home app screen. Instantly see if your lights or cameras are on, whether your batteries are charged, or if your software needs updating.

Messages and Mail

Edit on the fly

To correct errors in dictation, use the Digital Crown to scroll precisely to the spot in a message you want to edit.

Messaging magic

#images are #awesome

Spice up your messages by entering a word or phrase to select from a huge library of GIFs.

Sharing never sounded so good

Share songs, albums and playlists through Messages and Mail with the redesigned Music app.

Focus

Reduce distractions

Focus helps you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate, allowing only the notifications you want. Choose from suggested Focus options like Mindfulness or Fitness, or create your own. Any Focus you set syncs across your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Signal your status

Stepping away is easier if others know you’re busy. So when you’re using Focus, your status will be automatically displayed in Messages. And for truly urgent messages, there’s still a way for people to notify you.

New health and fitness features. Good for the mind and the body.

Now more than ever, good health means not just exercising your body, but also clearing your mind. New features in watchOS 8 bring a holistic approach to health and fitness. So in addition to feeling the burn, you can also feed the soul.

Mindfulness

Log in to your noggin

The popular Breathe app has been re‑imagined, expanded and renamed Mindfulness.

Pause to Reflect

To help you be more mindful in your everyday life, the new Reflect feature asks you to focus on a short, thought-provoking theme. A beautiful animation helps you visualise as a minute passes.

Breathe, now deeper

The Breathe feature has been refreshed with new visualisations and tips that help you focus, centre and connect as you breathe.

Mindful Minutes

Breathe and Reflect sessions end with a summary of total Mindful Minutes you’ve achieved, along with your average heart rate — to reinforce your mind–body connection.

Sleep

Know your sleeping respiratory rate

By calculating your breaths per minute as you slumber — also known as sleeping respiratory rate — Apple Watch gives you greater insight into your overall wellness.1

Track your trends

See all your Sleep data and trends over time in the Health app on iOS. Along with Sleep, you can now track trends for even more health metrics to better see changes in your health over time.

Learn more about the Health app

Workout

Fall detection for workouts2

Coming soon

If you take a hard fall during a workout, your watch will call for

Smarter Outdoor Cycling features

Apple Watch now detects when you’re riding a bike and prompts you to start a cycling workout. It can also automatically pause and start again when you take a break. If you’re riding an e-bike, you’ll now get more accurate calculations of calories burned. And voice feedback can help you safely track your milestones via speaker, AirPods or Bluetooth® headphones.

Stretch your body, and your boundaries

Now there’s a workout for Pilates. A customised algorithm tracks your metrics as you develop greater core strength, posture, balance and flexibility with this series of controlled, progressive exercises. Pilates is also coming to Apple Fitness+ later this year.

Brand new, yet entirely ancient

See all your metrics as you clear your mind and reduce stress with Tai Chi, the 2,000-year-old practice that’s like meditation in motion.

New guided Meditation3

Every week, Fitness+ brings you new guided meditations to help you improve your overall wellbeing. View them on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV. Or listen on your Apple Watch.4

New Group Workouts

Now you can work out with up to 32 of your friends. Cheer each other on face to face. And get notified when someone closes an Activity ring or moves ahead of the pack, so everyone can celebrate.5

Coming soon

Even more to discover.

Lost and found.

Locate misplaced Apple devices with Find Devices — and never let your AirPods go missing again.

Enhanced Family Setup features.

Travel cards for certain regions are now supported, so family members can easily use public transport. Google Calendar and Mail accounts are also supported. And hiking workout metrics are now validated for kids.

AssistiveTouch.

Now people with limb differences can use Apple Watch. Built-in motion sensors help answer calls, control an onscreen pointer and even launch a menu of actions — all through hand gestures.

Always‑On display.

The Always‑On display allows you to see your watch face without raising your wrist or waking your watch. And now it works with lots of additional apps, including Alarms, Maps, Stopwatch and your favourite third-party apps.

New Contacts app.

No more searching for someone’s email address or phone number. Now you can quickly browse, add or edit contacts on your watch.

Hearing protection.

See real‑time headphone audio levels in Control Centre when you’re listening to media — just like on iPhone and iPad.

Storm watch.

The Weather app on Apple Watch now supports severe weather notifications.

Set multiple timers at once.

One for the rice. Another for the veggies. And, of course, don’t forget about what’s in the oven. Start several timers simultaneously and use Siri to give each one a label.

watchOS 8 compatibility.

  • watchOS 8 requires iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later, and one of the following Apple Watch models:
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Not all features are available on all devices.

Find your Apple Watch model

The Health app. With a healthy dose of updates.

Learn more about the Health app

Developers will love watchOS too.

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