Affiliate Disclosure
If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Read our ethics policy.

What Apple Watch you need to run watchOS 8

watchOS 8 runs on almost all Apple Watches available

Not all Apple Watches can run Apple's latest watchOS 8, find out which ones are compatible with the latest operating system release.

Apple has released a new Apple Watch every year since it was originally announced and only the first three generations have lost compatibility so far. The original Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 1, and Apple Watch Series 2 are the only ones that won't work.

The rest of the Apple Watch lineup are capable of running watchOS 8. This includes the Apple Watch Series 7, which Apple revealed in September and will be shipping later in the fall.

Apple Watch models compatible with watchOS 8

  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch SE

Apple does warn that not all features will be available on all models, with older Apple Watch units less likely to have more recent function additions.

For owners of the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has also warned that users should unpair and restore their device before proceeding with the watchOS update.