Is my Apple Watch compatible with watchOS 11?

With watchOS 11, which was presented the day before yesterday during the WWDC24 keynote, some new functions and usage options are coming to the Apple Watch. A new vital signs app shows important data and sounds an alarm if anything unusual is detected, widgets are smartly added to the home screen, training to improve performance can be better documented and watch faces can be designed with your own photos, similar to iPhone lock screens. This raises the question: Is my Apple Watch compatible with watchOS 11? You will find an answer to this question in this guide.

Is my Apple Watch compatible with the upgrade to watchOS 11? And what do I need to consider when pairing it with an iPhone? I have summarized the answers to these questions here.
Is my Apple Watch compatible with the upgrade to watchOS 11? And what do I need to consider when pairing it with an iPhone? I have summarized the answers to these questions here.

These Apple Watch models are compatible with watchOS 11

In comparison to watchOS 10 compatibility list A few models will be lost this year. Because watchOS 11 can not on the Watch SE from 2020 and also not on the Watch Series 4 from 2018 or the Watch Series 5 from 2019. From the main Apple Watch series, at least one model from 2020 is required; in the SE series, one from 2022. Here is the full list of watches compatible with watchOS 11:

  • Apple Watch Series 6 (2020)
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (2021)
  • Apple Watch Series 8 (2022)
  • Apple Watch Series 9 (2023)
  • Apple Watch SE 2nd Gen (2022)
  • Apple Watch Series 2022 (XNUMX)
  • Apple Watch Series 2 (2023)

At least an iPhone XR / XS with iOS 18 is required

To pair with the iPhone and to fully use all features of the Apple Watch, a model with watchOS 11 requires a smartphone with at least iOS 18. The models of the main series from 18 (XR, XS and XS Max) as well as the iPhone SE from the 2018nd generation are compatible with iOS 2. Everything about iOS 18 compatibility and restrictions on devices that are older than one or two years, is in this article.

A comprehensive overview of watchOS 11

Everything about the new features, possible restrictions on certain models and how to use it with a compatible iPhone can be found here in the official preview of watchOS 11. You can also watch the presentation of all new Apple operating systems in the embedded player below:

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