Latest in Gear

Image credit: Issei Kato / Reuters

Apple watchOS update addresses LTE connectivity issues

The Series 3 Watches were automatically switching from cellular to WiFi hotspots.
294 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Issei Kato / Reuters

Two weeks after Apple released watchOS 4.0, the company has pushed out an update that aims to fix a seriously annoying issue. It seems the brand-new Apple Watch Series 3 with the latest watchOS would tend to automatically switch from LTE to WiFi hotspots -- even unusable ones -- in efforts to save battery. The patch aims to prevent that specific model of watch from automatically connecting with those wireless providers.

The trouble sourced from the watch's automatic connection. Some WiFi hotspots the Series 3 models latched onto were the unauthenticated (aka captive) kind used by coffee shops or libraries that redirect users to a web page to confirm or further interact. Because the watchOS would link automatically without bringing up the prompted site, users were stuck in limbo, unconnected but locked to inoperative WiFi.

Device owners can download the 4.0.1 update from the Apple Watch app on their iPhones. Per the update's language, according to 9to5Mac:

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 webpage before the network can be accessed.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
294 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
US says digital assets are covered by money laundering and disclosure laws

US says digital assets are covered by money laundering and disclosure laws

View
San Francisco's proposed office would prevent 'reckless' tech rollouts

San Francisco's proposed office would prevent 'reckless' tech rollouts

View
Porsche's Macan EV will fully replace its gas counterpart in a few years

Porsche's Macan EV will fully replace its gas counterpart in a few years

View
Crowdfunded case will give your Windows PC that Mac Pro look

Crowdfunded case will give your Windows PC that Mac Pro look

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr