Unable to update series 3 watch to watchOS 7

watchOS & Apple Watch Apps

Hello all,
I have a series 3 watch and I am not able to update it to the latest software. It keeps telling me I do not have enough space. It says I need 3.1 gigabytes free to do the update. Even if I delete all my apps and my health data, there is no way for me to get enough space. Is anyone else seeing this? I have seen a couple other people tweet about it.



Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Thursday, September 17, 2020

You may need to delete some of the faces in your watch from your phone to see if that works.

Submitted by Greg Wocher on Thursday, September 17, 2020

It looks as if the only way to resolve this is to do a complete reset of the watch. At least that is what I have seen others have to do. There is just not a way to get rid of enough things to clear enough space. I don't know if that hassle is worth it. My watch may just be staying on watchOS 6.

Submitted by Chris Gilland on Thursday, September 17, 2020

In reply to by Greg Wocher

Greg's exactly correct. This was a known bug in the beta cycle. I wish they'd gotten it fixed, but apparently they didn't. It *can* be done. Here's what I suggest you do to make this as seemless as possible.

First, go in and make yourself an iCloud backup of your watch. Most likely, this already is happening automatically, but don't count on it. It probably would benefit you greatly to double check, just to be on the safe side. You're probably OK, but just am sayin'...

OK, now once that's done, do one of two things. Either A, go into the watch app from your phone, and reset the watch and erase all data. I know that sounds brutal, but it's actually not. Remember, you made that backup first, so you're good, don't worry. You're gonna be fine. Or B, go through settings directly on your watch itself, and factory reset. Basically the point is, however you choose to slauder the chicken, just make sure you factory reset.

Now, go like you're brand new going to set up the watch. In the process, two things are going to occur.

Firstly, you'll be given the option to update to watch OS7. Go ahead and do it.

Once that is done, which by the way, will take quite some time regardless your connection. Make sure the watch is on its puck while this is happening.

Then, once that's done, you'll eventually get signed into your iCloud with your Apple ID just like usual. When asked how to proceed, tell it you wish to restore from a backup.

Then, choose your most recent backup that you made earlier in the previous steps.

Finnish the process of setting up your watch. When done, put the watch on its puck again, if it's not already. At this point, your settings, data, apps, etc. all should sync back down from your backup.

there you go. Enjoy Watch OS7 on your Series 3! Some features, due to hardware limitations, you won't have access to, but I still think it would be well worth your upgrade. They've done a lot with Voiceover! For example, you now have a rotor. Also, you can choose different language TTS engines. So for example, you could have a US english voice, then also a spanish voice for times when you need it. Then, you'd just twist with two fingers like on the iPhone to move the rotor, go to language, flick down with one finger on the watch's screen, and boom! there you go! Also, believe it or not, though I really personally myself don't see the practicality for this, they *do!* now offer bluetooth braille display support. Basically, Voiceover now is much more like on iOS. HTH. Feel free to ask any questions if you need more help.

Submitted by Greg Wocher on Thursday, September 17, 2020

I did reset my watch to do the update. It finally did start the update. It is taking forever. During the preparing update stage it got stuck on 10 percent for nearly an hour. It is now finally installing. Lets hope it was worth it. LOL.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Hey Greg, I also own the Series 3 Apple Watch. It took almost three hours before the update was completed. Was quite surprised. I didn't face the space limitation issue, however. The only other thought I had, while reading this thread, is perhaps the iPhone was a little too crowded? If you would have deleted some BARD books or something else like that, perhaps the watch would have had room to breathe and perform the update? You've already gotten things under way but I thought I'd post that thought anyway.

Enjoy the new watch features.