Does it really take 2 hours to update Apple Watch?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Based on my experience and knowledge, the time it takes to update an Apple Watch can vary depending on several factors. While it is unlikely that it would take a full 2 hours to update, it is possible in some cases.

The update process for an Apple Watch involves transferring a significant amount of data and installing new software. The time it takes can be influenced by factors such as the speed of your internet connection, the size of the update, and the current state of your Apple Watch.

Typically, an Apple Watch update can take anywhere from several minutes to around an hour to complete. However, it is important to note that this estimate is just a general guideline and not a guarantee.

In my personal experience, I have seen Apple Watch updates complete within 20-30 minutes on average. This was with a stable and fast internet connection. However, there have been instances where the update process took longer, especially if the update was larger or if the internet connection was slower or unstable.

It is also worth mentioning that the update process can be affected by other factors, such as the current battery level of your Apple Watch and your iPhone’s battery level. If the battery level is low, it is recommended to charge both devices before initiating the update to ensure a smooth process.

To minimize any inconvenience, it is advisable to update your Apple Watch overnight or at a time when you have ample time to spare. This way, you can avoid being without your Apple Watch for an extended period of time during the day.

While it is unlikely that an Apple Watch update would take a full 2 hours, it is possible in some cases. The update time can vary depending on factors such as internet speed, update size, and device conditions. It is best to be prepared for the update to take anywhere from several minutes to an hour and plan accordingly.