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WatchOS 4.1 Beta 4 released, improvements, changes and more

watchOS 4.1 beta 4 has just been released along with the iOS 11.1 beta 4. The watchOS 4.1 brings support for streaming Apple Music content directly to the Apple Watch Series 3 over LTE and it introduces a new Radio app with access to Beats 1 and other Apple Music radio stations. Overall, the watchOS 4.1 beta 4 has been released a month after the company released its watchOS 4 operating system to the general public.

watchOS 4.1 is a significant refresh of the watchOS operating system introducing new watch faces, including a personalized Siri face, improvements to the Workout app, support for integration with gym equipment, an Apple News app, a vertical Dock, and a new Flashlight feature in the Control Center.

Support for Apple Music streaming appears to be the main feature in the new watchOS 4.1 update, but Apple is also introducing a range of new emoji characters that include vomiting face, head exploding, mermaid, zombie, hedgehog, fairy, broccoli, and more.

iOS 11.1 Emoji
iOS 11.1 Emoji

The Music app on the watch looks the same, offering up access to the Music Library, recently played songs, playlists, and Apple Music mixes, but now all Apple Music content can be streamed over an LTE connection and doesn’t need to be downloaded to the device. watchOS 4.1 also adds a new Wi-Fi toggle for turning off Wi-Fi to enable the Apple Watch Series 3 to use LTE and it displays the Wi-Fi SSID so users can see the Wi-Fi Network an Apple Watch is connected to.

If you’re wondering what the Music app looks like, it is mostly the same as it was before but with access to the Music Library, recently played songs, playlists and Apple Music Mixes. Other than this, the watchOS 4.1 beta 4 also includes the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements for a fluid user experience.

How to install watchOS 4.1 beta 4 on your Apple Watch

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4 beta  4 can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.

To install the watchOS 4 certificate follow the steps below:

  1. Log into on the iPhone paired with your Apple Watch.
  2. Go to the watchOS 4 download page.
  3. Tap on Download watchOS 4 beta Configuration Profile.
  4. Tap on Apple Watch from the Choose a Device popup.
  5. Tap on Install begin.
  6. Enter your Passcode
  7. Tap on Install to confirm.
  8. Tap on Restart to reboot your Apple Watch.

Once your Apple Watch has rebooted the installation process goes back to normal.

To install watchOS on your Apple Watch follow the steps below:

  1. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the Apple Watch app.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on General.
  4. Tap on Software Update.
  5. Tap on Download and Install.
  6. Enter your iPhone Passcode.
  7. Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  8. Make sure your Apple Watch is charged to at least 50% and connect it to the magnetic charger.
  9. Tap Install on your iPhone and/or your Apple Watch.

The Watch OS update will download and transfer to your Apple Watch and Apple Watch will reboot to apply the update. You can follow the progress on the Apple Watch screen, and once it’s done, you’ll be all set.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Share your views on the beta 4 of watchOS 4.1 in the comments.