“Pair and Use Your Apple Watch with an Android Phone: A Step-by-Step Guide”

Using Your Apple Watch with Android: A Guide

The Apple Watch is widely regarded as one of the best smartwatches available, with a seamless design that seamlessly integrates with Apple’s ecosystem. However, users who prefer Android devices aren’t left out in the cold; there is a way that they can use an Apple Watch with an Android phone with some compromises. Here’s what you need to know to make it happen.

Fair Warning: Your Apple Watch Will Lose Some Functionality

Although it is possible to pair an Apple Watch with an Android phone, it is important to note that the Watch is designed to sync with an iPhone. As such, certain apps may not work at all or may not work correctly when using the Watch with an Android device. SMS messages may not send correctly, but messaging apps like Telegram should work fine. While you can still use the Apple Watch’s health and fitness apps, they won’t sync with your Android device. As such, there is only one workaround if you want to use an Apple Watch with an Android device.

What Will I Need To Make My Apple Watch Work on Android?

Before proceeding, there are a few things you’ll need to make sure everything works. You’ll need an iPhone, preferably an iPhone 6 or newer, and a cellular Apple Watch. To make and receive phone calls and text messages independently from your iPhone, you’ll want the cellular model. During the initial setup, you’ll need to transfer your SIM card into an iPhone. If you have an older iPhone (older than an iPhone 13), you’ll need to use a SIM card tool to take out and transfer the physical SIM card into your new devices. It is important to ensure that your Android phone and iPhone use the same sized physical SIM card. While most modern devices use a nano SIM, some Android devices may use a micro SIM. If you plan to use an iPhone 14, you’ll need to use a virtual eSIM card that you can transfer to the iPhone. Check your device’s SIM card compatibility before proceeding.

How to Set Up an Apple Watch to Work with an Android Phone

If you have everything you need, follow these steps:

  • Pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone to download any apps and connect your phone number.
  • Make sure your SIM card is in the iPhone.
  • Turn on both devices and hold them near each other to start the pairing process. Alternatively, select “Pair New Watch” in the Watch app.
  • Select “Set Up for Myself.”
  • A swirling blue circle appears on the Apple Watch, while the Viewfinder camera opens on your iPhone. Center the phone over the device, so the Viewfinder captures the image, and the devices begin syncing.
  • Select “Get to Know Your Watch” to learn more about the Apple Watch and select your apps.
  • Turn off both devices.
  • Transfer your SIM card from the iPhone to the Android phone.
  • Turn on your Android device and let it connect to your cellular network before turning on the Apple Watch.

Your Apple Watch should be able to send and receive calls and messages independently of your old iPhone, although some users may run into issues. If this happens, you may need to re-pair the device with your iPhone and update it.

A Wear OS Smartwatch Will Serve You Better

If you’re dedicated to using an Apple Watch with an Android device, it is possible, but the setup process is tedious, and you’ll lose most of your device’s functionality. If you want the full smartwatch experience with your Android device, consider trying out the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 or the Google Pixel Watch, both of which offer robust features and functionality with Android devices. Finally, explore these WearOS tips and tricks to make the most out of your smartwatch experience.

Sources: Google Pixel Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5