watchOS 9

Extremely insightful.
Exceptionally personal.

watchOS 9 gives you more to go on. A Workout app
packed with tons of features. A Medications app, along with insights into your sleep and heart health. And personalised watch faces to keep everything that’s close to your heart close at hand.


Workout Views. Take it all in. Go all out.

The display lets you see more while working out. Just turn the Digital Crown for new views of metrics like Activity rings, Heart Rate Zones, Power and Elevation.

Heart Rate Zones

Quickly get a sense of your intensity level. Training zones are automatically calculated and personalised using your health data, or you can create them manually.

Customise your workouts

Tailor work and recovery intervals to suit your training style. Receive alerts for pace, heart rate, cadence and power. You shape it. It shapes you.

Distance and time are on your side

Instant feedback to know if you’re on pace to meet your goal. And dynamic pacing to help you get there.

Race Route. Repeat it and beat it.

If it’s an Outdoor Run or Cycle workout you do often, you can choose to race against your last or best result and receive in-the-moment updates to help you get there.

Know on the go with Running Form Metrics

Add Stride Length, Ground Contact Time and Vertical Oscillation to your Workout Views to help understand how efficiently you run.

Running Power

An instantaneous measure of your effort, Running Power helps you stay at a level you can sustain.

Multisport. Singularly awesome for triathletes.

Automatically transition between swim, cycle and run

Swimming enhancements, what a kick

Kickboard is automatically detected as a stroke type for Pool Swim workouts. Track your SWOLF score for each set, a metric commonly used by swimmers to track efficiency.

Enhanced Workout Summary

Scrub through your run.
Progress is in the details.


The compass re-imagined

Redesigned to give you a more accurate way to navigate, with hybrid, analog and orienteering views. Turn the Digital Crown to switch between them.

Mark the spot, retrace your steps

Mark your location with Compass Waypoints by dropping a Waypoint on any place you’ve passed. And with Backtrack, you can return to where you came from by creating a path showing where you’ve been.

Reminders for medications

Makes taking your medicine and vitamins like clockwork

Log your medications from your wrist

The Medications app1 helps you discreetly and conveniently keep track of your medications, vitamins and supplements. And lets you log them from reminders.


Sleep stages, a better bedtime story

See how much time you spent in REM, Core or Deep sleep, as well as when you might have woken up.

Track your sleep over time

Sleep comparison charts in the Health app on iPhone let you see metrics like heart rate and respiratory rate.2 And how things may change throughout the night.

Watch Faces

Faces to help you face the day

Metropolitan lets you customise the font of the numerals on the dial. Playtime is a collaboration with artist Joi Fulton. And Astronomy is remastered to take advantage of the expansive display, showing cloud coverage around the world.

A Lunar face that’s out of this world

Lunar celebrates calendar timekeeping using phases of the moon. Choose from three different calendars: Chinese, Hebrew and Islamic.

It’s more into whatever you’re into

Even more watch faces support rich complications. Just look how connected you are.

Portraits face enhancements

The Portraits face now lets you put pictures of your dog or cat on it. And you can use the editing mode to add a tint to the background layers of a photo.

Background colours from aqua to zinc

Now you can customise your watch face with a wide range of colours and gradients to match your mood. Available on Modular Compact, Modular and X‑Large faces.

AFib History

Track the time your heart shows signs of AFib

If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, turn on AFib History to see an estimate of how frequently your heart is in this arrhythmia.3 It’s important because it may relate to your risk of serious complications.

See how your lifestyle may influence AFib

In the Health app, you can identify lifestyle factors that may influence the amount of time you spend in AFib — like sleep, exercise and weight. You can also see the time of the day or week when your AFib is most frequent.

Family Setup

Features for kids who don’t have an iPhone

More fun
for them. More
peace of mind
for you.

Podcasts for all

Now you can use the Podcasts app to discover and follow new podcasts on your wrist using Search and Listen Now. And the app is available to kids using Family Setup.

A home run for home devices4

Your children can be invited to the Home app as members and can control your HomePod speakers and smart home accessories. More power to them.

Quick Actions

to start a
workout or
take a photo

See your watch on your iPhone

Apple Watch Mirroring is designed to make the watch experience more accessible for people with physical and motor disabilities.5 Stream your Apple Watch to your iPhone and fully control it using assistive features on iPhone like Switch Control and Voice Control.


Notifications minus distractions

When you’re actively using your watch, notifications arrive as
unobtrusive banners. When your wrist is down, they’re received as full‑screen notifications.

A little love for your favourite apps in the Dock

Apps running in the background are prioritised over the rest of the apps in the Dock, making it easy to quickly return to them.

Quite a day for the Calendar app

Create new events directly from your Apple Watch and easily navigate to specific days or weeks.

A keyboard that really speaks your language6

Apple Fitness+

Trainer call-outs

In addition to the personalised metrics from your Apple Watch — like heart rate, Burn Bar and calories — Fitness+ offers trainer call-outs, like intensity, are designed to motivate you.

Hit your target, crush your goals

Trainers will also provide rowing, cycling and treadmill guidance to help you adjust your pace and get the most out of your workout.

See your metrics on compatible third‑party devices

Fitness+ subscribers who use AirPlay to see their workouts can now get real-time personal metrics from their Apple Watch on compatible displays.

watchOS 9

Find your Apple Watch model

watchOS 9 requires iPhone 8 or later with iOS 16 or
later, and one of the following Apple Watch models:

  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 8
  • Apple Watch Ultra

Not all features are available on all devices or in all regions or languages.

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