The Apple Watch is a fantastic wearable device, and it’s only going to get better when the company releases WatchOS 4 this fall. But what if you don’t have an iPhone? Luckily, you can still use your new Apple Watch with your Android smartphone or tablet, and here’s how to do it without using an iPhone!
Connecting your Apple Watch with your Android
The functionality and purpose of your Apple Watch do not change, but you do lose access to some of its more useful features. Because it is not possible for third-party apps (like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger) to add extra compatibility with non-iOS devices, you won’t be able to use those services on an Android-based phone if you want access to them from your watch.
Connect the watch with a cable
Make sure you have a cable with a Lightning connector at one end and a USB-C (for recent Samsung phones) or Micro-USB (for older Android phones) connector at the other. You’ll use it to connect your watch via its charging dock to your computer or charger. Note that if you plan on charging wirelessly, you’ll need yet another separate $40 adapter, called a MagSafe-style charger and available from Apple.
Connect via Bluetooth
Some phones don’t come with Bluetooth out of the box. If you want to be able to connect your watch via Bluetooth, you’ll need a new phone or a separate adapter. For example, if you have an android phone without Bluetooth and want to pair it with your watch, consider purchasing a Bluetooth adapter that can plug into a micro USB port on your phone.
Connect through wifi
If you’re willing to invest in a few additional accessories and use some third-party software, it is possible to pair your Apple Watch with an Android phone. With a little effort, you can avoid buying new phones or dropping big bucks on smartwatches that are currently incompatible with each other. Here’s how.
If you’re trying to use your new Apple Watch with a non-Apple smartphone, follow these simple instructions for pairing and activating it. Note that you will still need a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher and a heart rate monitor enabled. If you are running iOS 9.0 on any iDevice and have an active internet connection then proceed by following these steps
There are many reasons why you might want to connect your Apple Watch to an Android device instead of, or in addition to, your iPhone. If you have an Android phone and an iPhone, it can be frustrating to carry two phones at the same time, but if you have an Android phone and a contract-free iPhone, there’s no reason why you should settle for only one smartwatch when there are other options available that allow you to use the Apple Watch on any Android device you like. If you want to learn how to set up your Apple Watch with an Android device using Bluetooth, this article will show you how.
Apple Watch to an Android device
If you love your Apple Watch but you also use an Android phone, don’t fret! You can still enjoy all the features of your Apple Watch and have it connected to your Android phone with little hassle. In this article, we’ll go over exactly how to connect your Apple Watch to an Android device without using an iPhone. Sound too good to be true? Let’s get started!
Make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS and watchOS on both devices. On your iOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Then turn on iPad Cellular or Apple Watch Cellular (or whichever one applies) by tapping its toggle switch. On your phone, open up Settings > More connection settings > Bluetooth and enable it here too, if it isn’t already.
Pairing your watch with a non-Apple phone is easier than you might think. First, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on both devices and that they are within a few feet of each other. Second, make sure your watch has at least 50% battery life remaining (battery saver mode helps preserve battery power). To be safe, we suggest performing these steps in one of two places: 1) In a room or 2) Underneath an overpass or other sheltered area.
Open the app on your Android phone
The first thing you need to do is download Apple’s official app for its watch on your phone. Open Google Play and search for Apple Watch (or click here). Click on Install, then tap Accept when it asks for permissions. You should see a tiny version of a square watch face, but there’s no number counting down or anything like that—this is simply letting iOS and Android communicate with each other.
Add a new watch.
If you own both an Android phone and a watch, you’ll probably want to link up your devices. The process is not too complicated, but it will take a few minutes to get everything set up. Before getting started, make sure you have at least 50 percent battery life on both devices.
Enter in the code provided on the screen.
To set up Wi-Fi on your watch, you need to enter in a code. On new devices, it’s provided onscreen; if you bought yours used or plan on restoring from backup, check its manual for instructions. If you have trouble finding it, you can use iTunes or iCloud backups of another iOS device as long as it’s not an iPhone.
Complete syncing with the other apps.
The most common way of getting music onto your Apple Watch is through a process called syncing. You use iTunes or Music on your Mac or PC and sync up with iTunes on your phone to get music onto your watch. It’s a simple process, but it involves having both devices connected via USB cable and you can only transfer one song at a time.
If you use an Apple Watch, but you don’t want to use your iPhone all the time, it’s easy to get the watch working on your Android device. Here’s how to set it up!