Updating an Apple Watch Series 3 is a nightmare in 2021

The Verge highlights the same problems I’ve had when updating my Apple Watch Series 3, a product they currently produce and sell. Despite not adding any apps or content to my watch, I don’t have enough space to install updates, thus requiring me to completely wipe the watch every time I need to update it.

One thing left out of the article was that the update process (downloading, preparing, verifying, installing) starts over from the beginning if anything goes wrong. This is what made the most recent update such a pain for me. After wiping my watch to clear space, the watch spent over an hour-and-a-half preparing the update. Once it got to the part where it started to verify the update, I got a message saying that my watch was not connected to wifi and the installation stopped. When I tried to install it again, it started back at the downloading step, but of course, I now didn’t have enough free space on my watch, which required yet another wipe of the watch.

iTunes MiniPlayer in Full Screen Mode

When using iTunes, I often like to have the app running in full screen mode so that it doesn’t clutter my desktop. When I do this, I also like to have the MiniPlayer open so that I can easily change songs without switching back to the main iTunes window.

Just switching to the MiniPlayer will hide the main window, but I would like to have open at the same time. I found some instructions on how to do this, but I am noting the steps below as I’ve had trouble accessing that page in the past.

  1. Exit out of full screen mode.
  2. Set iTunes to show on all desktops by right clicking (or control + click) on the iTunes icon in the dock and selecting “All Desktops” under the Options menu.
  3. Open the MiniPlayer from the Window menu at the top of the screen.
  4. Enter full screen mode by clicking the full screen button at the top right of the main iTunes window (also found under the View menu).