Just a week after releasing watchOS 4 to the general public, Apple has released an update to version 4.0.1 which specifically, and exclusively, addresses the Wi-Fi, Cellular LTE connectivity issues that some early Watch Series 3 testers reported experiencing last month.
According to some early testers Apple’s LTE-capable Watch Series 3 had been automatically disconnecting from LTE networks — while at the same time, re-connecting to any Wi-Fi hotspots in an attempt to save battery.
Of course, since most open Wi-Fi networks require authentication via a separate page prior to granting web access, and since Watch users are incapable of seeing this webpage or confirming to its terms from their wrist ,they could neither use the Wi-Fi network, nor re-connect to LTE.
Sure enough, shortly after the issue was discovered, Apple acknowledged its existence and promised it would issue a fix. And now we have it.
“watchOS 4.0.1 fixes issues that in rare cases were causing Apple Watch to join unauthenticated (captive) Wi-Fi networks, such as those found in public places like coffee shops and hotels, which direct the user to a web page before the network can be accessed,” Apple said.
So if you’re currently rocking an Apple Watch Series 3 and want to get your device’s LTE drama squared away, you can head on over to the dedicated Apple Watch app on your iPhone by tapping General, and then Software Update. Before installing, be sure to verify that your Apple Watch Series 3 has at least 50% battery remaining, that it’s placed on the charger, and that it’s within range of your iPhone.