Apple Watch’s WiFi connection (pun intended) solely depends on the iPhone, unless you are using Apple Watch Series 3 LTE model. The first two series cannot independently use Wi-fi network. But our concern is not the connection, but disconnection as many users have found that their Apple Watch doesn’t connect to WiFi.
The solutions to fix this Apple Watch Not connecting to WiFi can be applied to any series of Apple Watches. However, if you are using the latest model, you have an advantage of using an LTE if you cannot connect your Apple Watch Series 3 to any Wi-fi network. While you can always use Bluetooth in the absence of Wi-fi, it is Wi-fi connection that permits you to expand the range between your iPhone and Apple Watch.
Apple Watch Not Connecting to WiFi Network
Before you follow our tips, you can check some points:
- Apple Watch connects only with 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz.
- The watch doesn’t connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi.
- If you have Apple Watch Series 1 or 2, you cannot connect it to any public networks that need logins, subscriptions, or profiles.
- In case your watch is connected to a compatible Wi-fi network instead of your iPhone connection, you will notice a Wi-fi icon in the Control Center.
- When your watch is connected to Wi-fi and Bluetooth, you can enjoy all the features of your Apple Watch.
Step #1: Turn Off Apple Watch.
Press and hold side button until you see Power Off slider on watch face → Swipe on the slider from left to right and your watch will be powered off.
Step #2: Now forget the networks on your iPhone:
Settings → Wi-fi → Current Wi-fi Network → Tap (i)→ Forget This Network.
Step #3: Then you need to connect your iPhone to the 2.4GHz network and turn on Bluetooth.
Step #4: Finally, power on your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button.
To check the Wi-fi connection, you can walk out of Bluetooth range and see if your Apple Watch is connected to iPhone over Wi-fi or not. The red and green icon on your watch face confirms the status of Wi-fi connection; if you see a red mark, your watch is disconnected and if it is a green mark, it is connected.
Alternatively, you can swipe either right or left on your Apple Watch face; go to Settings→ Glance and then tap on iPhone. When your iPhone gives a ping sound, it is connected.
Step #1: Keep your iPhone in AirPlane mode. To do so, Go to settings on your Paired iPhone → Turn ON AirPlane mode switch.
Step #2: Check if your Apple Watch has successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network.
Step #3: Now, simply turn off AirPlane mode on your iPhone.
Step #1: Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone side by side.
Step #2: Connect your iPhone to Wifi network and turn on Bluetooth on phone.
Step #3: Now restart your iPhone and Apple Watch as you normally do.
Connect your Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular Network. This can be done only with your Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular).
Check our complete guide on you can Set Up and Use LTE and Cellular on Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular).
Still facing the issue? You should contact Apple Support for further help.
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