watchOS 5.3 beta is now available for testers [features and changes]

Apple has released watchOS 5.3 beta for developers. The new beta is available as an over-the-air update for Apple Watch Series 1 and above.

watchOS 5.3 beta

Apple released watchOS 5.2.1 earlier this week and the only change in it was the expansion of ECG in Apple Watch Series 4 to 5 new countries. While we expected that this would be the last update before WWDC, which start on June 3, Apple has surprised everyone with a new beta. Apple has also released iOS 12.4, tvOS 12.4 and macOS 10.14.6 betas.

This will definitely be the last update before watchOS 6, which is expected to ship with a built-in App Store, new watch faces and complications, support for Animojis, new Books and calculator apps and much more.

watchOS 5.3 beta

The first beta was released on May 15 and the build number is 16U5526f. Apple has not shared any release notes for this update.

We will update this post as we find new changes.

Installing watchOS 5.3 beta

To install watchOS 5.3 beta, you must be a registered Apple Developer. The membership costs $99/year. This membership gives you access to the profile that you would need to download and install on your Apple Watch, via your iPhone.

Note the following before installing:

  • You cannot downgrade from a beta build to a non-beta build on Apple Watch.
  • If you Apple Watch is bricked somehow due to a bug in a beta watchOS build, you cannot restore your Apple Watch yourself. You will have to take it to an Apple Store.

Here are the installation steps:

  • To download and install the profile, open the Apple Developer Center website on your iPhone and go to downloads. Look for watchOS 5.3 and download its profile.
  • When your iPhone asks where you want to install the profile, select Apple Watch.
  • After installation, your Apple Watch will be eligible to receive beta updates, which you can install by going to Watch app > General > Software Update