Anyone having trouble installing watchOS 10.3 on your Apple Watch?

Apple Watch Ultra 2

Anyone having trouble installing watchOS 10.3 on you Apple Watch? I am.

watchOS ‌10.3 incorporates the new Unity Bloom watch face to celebrate Black History month. Apple says it also has “improvements and bug fixes.”

watchOS ‌10.3 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50% battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌.

At least that’s what usually works. However, whenever I meet all those requirements, my Apple Watch Ultra 2 won’t pair with iOS 17.3 on my iPhone 15 Pro Max. 

Despite repeated attempts, installation of watchOS 10.3 keeps passing and I get the message that the smartwatch must be on its charger and charged at least 50%. It is and it is.

The iPhone and Apple Watch are paired. I’ve restarted both devices, all to no avail. Anyone else seeing this issue? Have any solutions? Post comments below or, better yet, drop me an email at dennis.sellers@appleworld.today and I’ll share the info with all Apple World Today readers. 

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.


  • I have the same issue…
    it sticks at “preparing”…. Watch is full loaded and connected to charger. But it will not start the update.

    by the way, my geolocation at apple home automation isn’t working any more, too.

  • Same iissue, watchOS 10.3 will not update. Watch is full, connected to the charger and with both wifi and bluetooth on. Someone suggested turning off the watch. How do you do it?

  • same issue not able to update, full charge on watch now and sitting on charger, full charge on 12 and sitting on charger, restarted both watch and phone, saying ‘Estimating time to remaining’ – giving up now

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