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AppleWatch 3 update problem
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: April 04, 2021 08:24AM
Wife's watch 3 has problems doing updates. She gets a message that there is not enough room to do the update. She has virtually nothing on the watch She's removed photos, etc. No music at all. She shows 2.1 Gig of free space. Last time at an update she spoke with Apple and they had her unpair the watch and repair. Is this what she will have to do each time there's an update? Any solutions or do I have to buy her a newer version?

EDIT: Just looked again and it seems her watch is now at 7.03 and it shows that the update for 7.33 is ON THE WATCH. But it won't update. Should we delete the update and start again?



Asheville, NC Area



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/04/2021 08:31AM by MartyStickle.
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Re: AppleWatch 3 update problem
Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: April 04, 2021 08:50AM
I also have a 3 and this has been happening to me with every update - it's so irritating. I also have nothing stored on my watch but it seems to be unable to clear space. I tried repeatedly restarting my watch - some reported success with this - but it hasn't worked. The only way I've been able to fix it is to unpair and re-pair my watch. After that, the space is magically freed and I can update. It's a ridiculous workaround!
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Re: AppleWatch 3 update problem
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 04, 2021 09:03AM
I've seen this many times.

If you didn't get the version with GPS/Cellular then you have half the appropriate memory/storage on the device.

The OS update, itself will take ALL of the available space on the device, so you will have to delete all of the 3rd party apps, stop syncing photos, clear all of your watch faces, and reboot the watch to purge cache before you will have sufficient capacity for the update.



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Re: AppleWatch 3 update problem
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: April 04, 2021 09:32AM
Yes. That's the problem. Her watch is just GPS only. So the update takes up all the free space. She doesn't have really anything stored on her watch. What a pain.



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Sarcany
I've seen this many times.

If you didn't get the version with GPS/Cellular then you have half the appropriate memory/storage on the device.

The OS update, itself will take ALL of the available space on the device, so you will have to delete all of the 3rd party apps, stop syncing photos, clear all of your watch faces, and reboot the watch to purge cache before you will have sufficient capacity for the update.



Asheville, NC Area
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Re: AppleWatch 3 update problem
Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: April 04, 2021 11:08AM
While in theory purging everything and rebooting should clear cache, it has never worked for me. I don't store anything on my watch - no photos, no music, only 2 apps, and only 2 (small) watch faces, yet somehow the memory fills up every time and never is released. Only unpairing and re-pairing have worked.
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Re: AppleWatch 3 update problem
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: April 04, 2021 06:10PM
Same here...and my solution is probably going to be a trade in and upgrade to Series 6...



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Re: AppleWatch 3 update problem
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: April 05, 2021 11:46AM
I've encountered similar problems on my Apple Watch 3. After repeatedly wiping it clean to get it to update I eventually found that it had a second language installed for some reason. I removed that and it seemed to resolve the issue. I think it was actually on my phone, but the watch was set to mirror the phone.



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