watchOS 7 FAQ: Everything you need to know about the new features coming to your Apple Watch

It’s not just the iPhone and the Mac that are getting sweet new features in the fall. There are really big changes in store for Apple Watch users, too. Here are the most important things to know about all the new features and functionality coming in watchOS 7.

watchOS 7 releases on September 16

Apple has announced that watchOS 7 will be released on September 16, 2020. Beta testers will get the final update a day earlier.

Check that your Apple Watch is supported and see how to download the update.

What are the new features?

Complications

Apple hasn’t unveiled any new watch faces just yet—we assume those are coming with the Series 6 update likely due later this year—but there are major changes coming to the existing faces. You’ll be able to set more than one complication per app, so developers will be able to offer more than just a single option. For example, a weather app could offer complications for temperature, conditions, UV index, and wind speed, which would all be available on the same face.

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Watch face complications are getting a major upgrade in watchOS 7.

To get things started, Apple has added a couple of new complications of its own, including a tachymeter on the Chronograph Pro and a single giant complication on the minimal X-Large face. We expect more will be added before watchOS 7 launches in the fall.

Watch faces

Apple still isn’t allowing for custom faces, but we’re getting the next best thing in watchOS 7: watch face sharing. You’ll now be able to share your favorite faces—complete with all of your complications and color choices—with your friends, either directly or through social media. Developers will be able to offer specialized faces based on their own apps that you can download right to your watch.

Sleep tracking

If there’s one feature we’ve wanted since the days of the original solid-gold Apple Watch, it’s sleep tracking. And we’re finally getting it in watchOS 7. Sleep tracking is part of a larger focus on sleep health in iOS 14 that works with your iPhone to develop habits that will help you sleep longer.

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The Apple Watch will finally be able to track sleep natively in watchOS 7.

Sleep tracking on watchOS 7 is part of the iPhone’s new Sleep Mode, which will limit access to chosen apps so you can begin preparing for sleep. Once your set bedtime is reached, your Apple Watch will enter Do Not Disturb mode and the screen will no longer wake when raised or tapped. Additionally, a new Wind Down feature assists you in establishing a bedtime routine with shortcuts that help you relax, such as opening a meditation app or dimming your Hue lights. It’ll even play a short lullaby when it is time for bed, and haptics when you want to wake up.