1. HarrisonHK's Avatar
    I installed watchOS 2 without updating to the iOS 9 beta. I did not think about how I would downgrade my watch. Is it possible to do this? Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I don't think watchOS 2 works with iOS 8.3.
    Last edited by HarrisonHK; 06-08-2015 at 08:22 PM.
    06-08-2015 08:07 PM
  2. baz1536's Avatar
    Any joy on this
    06-09-2015 01:47 AM
  3. JordanYork's Avatar
    I need to downgrade as well. iOS 9 didn't agree with my backups at all, so it just kept crashing and was unusable. I downgraded back to 8.3 but then realized it made my watch unusable, so I went back to 9 and set up as a new phone.

    Less buggy now, but I couldn't restore my backup, which drives me nuts. Would be awesome to be able to downgrade watch back to 1.0.1.
    06-09-2015 08:51 AM
  4. CodeMusic's Avatar
    I am sure there must be a way to downgrade the watch back to watchOS 1.0.1.
    I too maybe wanting to do this... at this point too many apps on iOS 9 crash. : (
    ... I mean, it is beta 1... the buggiest beta of them all : p
    06-09-2015 09:31 AM
  5. Scatabrain's Avatar
    In the watch app there is a profile for the beta release. Theorizing that maybe it would restore to latest non beta if the profile was deleted first? Last resort would be take it to apple store and have them restore it possibly if that goes wrong ? Totally guessing here.
    06-09-2015 10:24 AM
  6. hearmeoutx's Avatar
    I have been wondering as well. I might want to downgrade my phone but I cannot do that until I have a way to downgrade the watch. I was hoping Apple would post a solution to this when they posted the beta OS.

    [UPDATE]: So after further research, you are not able to downgrade to 1.0.1 officially, and nobody has yet to figure out a work around. If you want a useable watch, you are going to have to stay on iOS 9, which I am not thrilled about, but iOS 9 works well enough that I can live with it. I am sure the next beta for the watch and iOS 9 will be a lot better.


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    Last edited by hearmeoutx; 06-09-2015 at 11:09 AM.
    06-09-2015 10:32 AM
  7. Francesco Crema's Avatar
    In the watch app there is a profile for the beta release. Theorizing that maybe it would restore to latest non beta if the profile was deleted first? Last resort would be take it to apple store and have them restore it possibly if that goes wrong ? Totally guessing here.
    Removing the profile only does nothing, because the system is installed already; it might even prevent you from future beta updates, which is even worse.

    I'm still looking for a way to downgrade, but until we get a full watchOS 1 firmware, and a way to install it, I think that nothing can be done.
    My concern is not about iOS 9 or bugs, but battery life on the Watch with watchOS 2 beta seems worse than before; am I the only one facing this?
    06-09-2015 11:19 AM
  8. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Removing the profile only does nothing, because the system is installed already; it might even prevent you from future beta updates, which is even worse.

    I'm still looking for a way to downgrade, but until we get a full watchOS 1 firmware, and a way to install it, I think that nothing can be done.
    My concern is not about iOS 9 or bugs, but battery life on the Watch with watchOS 2 beta seems worse than before; am I the only one facing this?
    The guy at the store mentioned to me they could flash the demo watches. He also said there were no hardware differences to demo watches. The inly diff was the app they could install that ran on a loop.

    Perhaps they could flash back to 1.0.1.
    06-09-2015 11:29 AM
  9. Francesco Crema's Avatar
    Probably they use the hidden service port, but some say that opening that voids the waterproofing certification. I might be wrong

    However I can't try that, I'm in Italy and here the Watch isn't in stores yet. If you manage to ask at the Store, please let us know!
    06-09-2015 11:33 AM
  10. Charles Aubert's Avatar
    Facing the same battery issue...
    06-09-2015 11:34 AM
  11. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Probably they use the hidden service port, but some say that opening that voids the waterproofing certification. I might be wrong

    However I can't try that, I'm in Italy and here the Watch isn't in stores yet. If you manage to ask at the Store, please let us know!
    I have 2 phones. If I can I will try to swap to 8.3 without doing anything else.
    06-09-2015 11:36 AM
  12. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I made sure that when I installed iOS 9, I would leave the Watch OS alone, and thankfully, I did. I'm satisfied with the OS as-is and am not in a rush to upgrade to OS 2.0 just yet.
    06-09-2015 11:37 AM
  13. Francesco Crema's Avatar
    I have 2 phones. If I can I will try to swap to 8.3 without doing anything else.
    You mean trying to connect your Watch with watchOS 2 to a iOS 8.3 iPhone? It might not be recognized at all, but I couldn't try that myself.
    Maybe doing so and removing the certificate might do something.
    06-09-2015 11:40 AM
  14. John Yester's Avatar
    To early for me to update to 2.0
    06-09-2015 11:44 AM
  15. Scatabrain's Avatar
    You mean trying to connect your Watch with watchOS 2 to a iOS 8.3 iPhone? It might not be recognized at all, but I couldn't try that myself.
    Maybe doing so and removing the certificate might do something.
    Yeah. I am un-pairing from 9.0 phone.
    Will try to pair with 8.3 phone.
    Assuming un-pairing erases phone including cert.

    Will let you know.
    06-09-2015 11:47 AM
  16. Scatabrain's Avatar
    No go.

    How can I downgrade Watch OS 2 to 1.0.1?-imageuploadedbyimore-forums1433865046.944334.jpg
    06-09-2015 11:50 AM
  17. Francesco Crema's Avatar
    That's too bad! What about iOS 8.4?
    06-09-2015 12:03 PM
  18. Scatabrain's Avatar
    I doubt it. I can't test that. One phone stays non beta.
    06-09-2015 12:08 PM
  19. Francesco Crema's Avatar
    I doubt it. I can't test that. One phone stays non beta.
    Sure, but probably that wouldn't work too. And it's really unlikely that it would downgrade watchOS too.
    06-09-2015 12:10 PM
  20. anon(5718668)'s Avatar
    Stuck with this also. Admittedly should have just left it tbh. In town near an Apple Store tomorrow so may try and pull some strings and see what they may be able to do.
    06-09-2015 05:15 PM
  21. baz1536's Avatar
    Let me know and I will try the local store here
    06-09-2015 05:26 PM
  22. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Battery life is bad now. Eager for updates now.
    06-09-2015 05:49 PM
  23. ocrane's Avatar
    were you on 2.0 and then able to downgrade?
    06-09-2015 07:06 PM
  24. Jake Stopher's Avatar
    If you unpaired your iPhone from your Watch before updating, then it can be done, as a separate backup is saved every time the two devices are unpaired.

    On your Apple Watch, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings

    Wait for the watch to reset, then pair it as if it were brand new. Once paired, the app on your iPhone will ask you whether you want to set it up as new, or restore from a backup. Tap restore, and choose your watchOS 1.0.1 backup. This will downgrade the software.

    It took me a whole day to figure out, but it worked!

    This will only work if you unpaired your iPhone from your Apple Watch BEFORE updating to watchOS 2.0 and you must have iOS 9 installed.
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    06-10-2015 04:21 AM
  25. Francesco Crema's Avatar
    If you unpaired your iPhone from your Watch before updating, then it can be done, as a separate backup is saved every time the two devices are unpaired.

    On your Apple Watch, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings

    Wait for the watch to reset, then pair it as if it were brand new. Once paired, the app on your iPhone will ask you whether you want to set it up as new, or restore from a backup. Tap restore, and choose your watchOS 1.0.1 backup. This will downgrade the software.

    It took me a whole day to figure out, but it worked!

    This will only work if you unpaired your iPhone from your Apple Watch BEFORE updating to watchOS 2.0 and you must have iOS 9 installed.
    That's great!
    Now we'd need a way to share backups then
    06-10-2015 04:25 AM
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