The Apple Watch is an extremely helpful and popular tool that makes daily life a little easier. With Apple Watch, you don’t have to worry about constantly having your cell phone on you in order to stay up-to-date with texts, emails and phone calls. You can also easily track how many calories you are burning and even listen to music on your workout without worrying about bringing your phone along. You do need Bluetooth to be functioning correctly for most of the functions of the Apple Watch, including pairing headphones to the device. When you can’t get Bluetooth to pair properly, it can be extremely frustrating.
Apple watch Bluetooth pairing issues causes and solutions
- Different devices require different ranges in order to pair with Bluetooth. Some people have found better connectivity when they switch the device to the same side of their body as their Apple Watch. Another solution is to switch the wrist that you are wearing your Apple Watch on. Make sure your devices are in the correct range of one another to work. The standard range of Bluetooth devices is about 30 feet, but the iPhone and Apple Watch will typically connect via Bluetooth as long as they are within 300 feet of one another. If you are having issues connecting the Apple Watch to your iPhone or a Bluetooth device for the first time, ensure that you are holding the devices right next to each other in order to establish a good connection.
- If you are having problems getting your wireless headphones to connect to Bluetooth so that you can play music with your Apple Watch, sync your playlist of choice to the watch and then turn the Bluetooth on your iPhone off. This will allow the watch to pick up the Bluetooth and instead of the iPhone.
- Rebooting the Apple Watch is another possible fix to Bluetooth connectivity issues. Press and hold the side button of your Apple Watch until you see a slider, then drag that slider to “Power Off.” To turn it back on, hold down the side button again until you see the Apple logo.
- The final step and last resort if your Apple Watch simply won’t pair with Bluetooth is to erase all content and settings on the Apple Watch. To do this, open the “Settings” on the Apple Watch, tap General —> Reset —> Erase All Content and Settings. Once the reset is finished, you will have to pair the Apple Watch to your iPhone once more just as you did when you first got it.
- If after the factory reset, your Apple Watch is still not working, there could be a bigger issue at play, like a problem with the hardware of the watch. The antenna inside of your Apple Watch that connects to Bluetooth could possibly be broken if it refuses to pair no matter what you do to fix the problem. This can happen for a few reasons, but mainly if your Apple Watch has recently been dropped or under water. If nothing is working to troubleshoot the watch and reconnect it to Bluetooth, it’s best if you set up an appointment at the Apple Store or other certified Apple repair shop and take it in to be looked at.