How to download Apple Watch firmware files (IPSW) [Tip]

Apple Watch modelMuch like the iPhone, the Apple Watch runs software and firmware too. Furthermore, you can download the WatchOS firmware files manually and install them yourself just like you would with the iPhone. There are a few different firmware releases already and we have them listed below.

If you don’t like selecting the manual IPSW files presented below and installing them yourself, you can always wait for the official over-the-air (OTA) updates to roll out to your watch. You should get notified when they become available and you can choose to accept it or wait until later to install them.

HOW TO CHECK FOR THE APPLE WATCH OTA UPDATES

  1. Launch the My Watch app from the iPhone that’s paired with the Apple Watch.
  2. Navigate to General > Software Update and check for updates.
  3. Wait until the Apple Watch pings you back with a response letting you know there’s a software update (OTA) ready or not.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD APPLE WATCH IPSW FIRMWARE FILES FOR EACH SOFTWARE UPDATE

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  • Tyrone Harris

    I have a 42mm S1 store demo. How can I flash it with mac. I have the ibus S1 cable

  • sure , you can

  • Bobby Dangler

    can the demo iwatch be flashed too using a mac?

  • can flash iwatch via ibus data cable :-)

  • Mathew

    [@Ryan] [@Blair] Hi guys, you should be able to download the IPSW file to your computer and install it the same way you would install the IPSW for any other iOS device. Connect the Apple Watch to the computer via the USB cable and then follow any guide for iPhone but do it with your watch.

  • Ryan

    How do you install it using the files you provided? They are the innerds of ipsw files. Please tell us how to install them manually

  • Blair

    I have it downloaded but can’t figure out how to install ?