5 common watchOS 5.2.1 problems and how to fix them

Apple released watchOS 5.2.1 to all Apple Watch owners, but it still comes with a number of problems that may pull you off.

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watchOS 5 is the latest version of Apple’s wearable operating system. The software update removed support for the original Apple Watch in favor of later models. On the surface, watchOS 5 might not be a significant upgrade, but when we look inside, there are a slew of improvements and features like Apple’s Podcasts app, better Siri watch face, a new Walkie-Talkie app, and much more.

watchOS 5 has been through several major updates since its initial release. Apple just released watchOS 5.2.1 to all Apple Watch users following weeks of beta testing. This is the latest software update released for watchOS 5, which focuses on bug fixes and performance boost.

However, we have heard some of the issues Apple Watch users are facing with watchOS 5.2.1 software update, like issues with installation and connectivity, Walkie Talkie not working, and Podcasts not responding. If you are one of those who have been affected by the above issues, we are here to help.

Installation problems

A lot of Apple Watch owners have reported that they can not find the watchOS 5.2.1 update. In reality, this is a common problem as it pops up every time Apple releases a new software update.

If you are dealing with the issue, then we recommend you remove your beta profiles on both your iPhone and Apple Watch. To do this, launch the Settings on your iPhone, then select General and delete the beta profiles. If the problem still persists, try rebooting both devices and set up the whole thing from scratch.

Connection not working

Apple Watch works smoothly with Apple’s products out there, allowing you to transfer data between your devices. However, there are times when your wearable fails to speak to your iPhone. In this case, the best shot is to restart both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Once your both devices finish booting up, then try to connect your Apple Watch and iPhone again (make sure that Airplane mode is turned off while Bluetooth and Wifi are now enabled).

Walkie-Talkie not working

Walkie-Talkie is a fun watchOS 5 feature that lets you quickly connect to your friends and family with a simple push of a button. However, we have heard that Apple Watch owners cannot see the Walkie-Talkie app after updating to watchOS 5.2.1.

To fix this, open the App Store on your iPhone and then re-download the FaceTime app. Doing so will re-install the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch. If the problem is still there, then make sure you are now using your own Apple ID.

In reality, Walkie-Talkie only works if you have your unique Apple ID. If you share your Apple ID with your friends and family, then walkie-talkie won’t work with a sharing account.

Podcasts problems

watchOS 5 adds official Podcasts app support to Apple Watch, allowing you to sync your favorite iOS Podcasts across both your iPhone and smartwatch. The biggest problem I have with the podcasts app is that they fail to sync.

To fix this problem, make sure that your Apple Watch is now on a charger. Once your iPhone recognizes that your Apple Watch is now connected to power, it will transfer your podcasts and files.

If you don’t hear any sound, then make sure you pair your Bluetooth speaker or headphones to your Watch. Keep in mind that you cannot listen to podcasts without a connected exterior speaker.

Raise to Talk now working

Raise to Talk is a cool feature that allows you to raise your wrist and talk to Siri. This eliminates the need to utter “Hey Siri” or push the Digital Crown button. However, there are times when it fails to work. To be honest, this is super annoying as Siri becomes unresponsive every time I want to text a new message.

In this case, try disabling Raise to Speak and then turn it back on. To do this, launch the Settings app on your Apple Watch, then tap General > Siri and turn off the switch. After that, turn it back on to see if the problem is fixed. If the problem is still present, try rebooting your Apple Watch and turn on Raise to Speak for Siri.

Wrapping Up

Despite those problems, watchOS 5.2.1 is really worth an upgrade. To be honest, I noticed a huge performance boost after updating to the latest watchOS software. Apple will unveil the next generation watchOS at this year’s WWDC and we have heard a lot of new things coming to watchOS 6.

Let us know if you have got any questions.

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