Several users have send emails asking the most obvious questions around Apple Watch and a jailbroken iPhone.
Does the Apple Watch work with a Jailbroken iPhone?
The short answer is Yes as long as you can put up with some minor annoyances.
Folks that have a jailbroken iPhone 6 and higher have noticed that the Apple Watch works flawlessly on their jailbroken phone.
Problems were seen when users with older devices tried to use it with the Apple Watch. Some of these users decided to take the moto 360 route, and that is unfortunate.
If you remember clearly, Apple only bundles the built-in Watch app in iOS 8.2 and later. Without the app installed on your iPhone, you cannot do anything with the Apple Watch.
Several users reported trouble in pairing their Apple Watch with the iPhone running iOS 8.3 that have Cydia installed. It will be less complicated when your Watch is running watchOS 1.1 and iPhone using iOS 8.4.
As a result, we high recommend updating to iOS 8.4 first and then jailbreak, this way it will provide a code to pair the two devices manually.
We also noticed the error message such as “Phone out of date.” If you are encountering these messages on your jailbroken iPhone, it is easy to fix since these are related to firmware version. Remember, if you update your watch to watchOS 2 or 3, you will need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 9 as well for the pairing to work.
Here’s a simple rule to keep in mind:
- iOS 8.4 goes with watchOS 1.1
iOS 9 or higher works with watchOS 2 / 3
There is no easy way to downgrade WatchOS on the Watch without taking it to the Apple Store, and we are not sure if they do that anymore.
It is particularly important to remember this when you are buying a used Apple Watch from eBay. Pay particular attention to the watch’s version.
If your jailbroken iPhone is still running iOS 8.4, make sure to get the watch that has not been updated to recent watchOS version (2.0 or higher); otherwise, you are asking for a lot of trouble!