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Some Fossil Gen 5 owners are having major issues installing their long-awaited Wear OS update

Fossil Gen 5
Fossil Gen 5 (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Some Fossil Gen 5 owners are reporting that the H-MR2 update is failing on their watches.
  • Users experiencing the problem have been encouraged to perform a factory reset, to no avail.
  • It's not clear how widespread the problem is yet.

Fossil Gen 5 owners are experiencing issues with the latest Wear OS update. The rollout of H-MR2 recently resumed after a lengthy pause, but some users on Reddit are having issues completing the update. One video posted by a Reddit user shows the watch attempting to install the update, only to be met with an error message that can be seen below in a photo posted by another Reddit user:

Fossil Gen 5 Wear Os Hmr2 Update Error

Source: Reddit (Image credit: Source: Reddit)

Some users have contacted Fossil support in an attempt to fix the problem. They note that Fossil support recommends a factory reset on their device, but the problem persists. Some owners of the Emporio Armani smartwatch, which Fossil also builds, are also experiencing this issue.

As one of the best Wear OS watches on the market, the Fossil Gen 5 would benefit from the update thanks to improvements in battery life, the ability to add more tiles, and more improvements. Unfortunately, the update was put on hold in March due to undisclosed issues with the software. The rollout resumed only a few days ago, and many have been able to successfully install the update and security patch, including those that already had H-MR2 installed.

Android Central has reached out to Fossil regarding the problem but did not immediately receive a response. We will keep users updated on the problem once we learn any additional information.

In the meantime, let us know if you've run into this problem updating your Fossil Gen 5 and whether or not you've managed to get the update to install.

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

3 Comments
  • I already had H MR2 from the original deployment on my Fossil Gen 5, but I was able to update to the latest build PXE2.201012.032 without any issues.
  • I have the Skagen Falster 3 and it upgraded in the background without any issues. It did the update in two separate downloads.
  • I have the Armani Connected 3 and the update continues to fail, even after Fossil supposedly released a fix.