Apple today released watchOS 8.5, the fourth major update to watchOS 8 launched in September. watchOS 8.5 comes two months after the release of watchOS 8.4, which fixed the charging bug.


‌watchOS ‌8.5 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, your Apple Watch must have at least 50 percent battery, must be placed on a charger, and must be within range of ‌‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌‌‌.

watchOS 8.5 brings support for 14 emoji characters, with new additions including face melt, biting lips, heart hands, bubbles, bean, face with diagonal mouth, palm, egg, elf, low battery, coral, lotus, and more, plus It includes improvements to Apple’s arrhythmia feature that notifies users if atrial fibrillation is detected. Apple’s full release notes for the update are listed below.

watchOS 8.5 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:

  • The ability to authorize Apple TV purchases and subscriptions
  • COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet now support the EU COVID digital certificate format
  • Updates to arrhythmia notifications designed to better identify atrial fibrillation. Available in the United States, Chile, Hong Kong, South Africa, and many other regions where the feature is available.
  • Fitness + audio hints provide you with audio feedback on the movements that are visually illustrated during your workouts.

For more information on all the features in ‌watchOS 8‌, we have a dedicated watchOS 8 roundup.

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