Bluetooth has got to be one of the most important features on your Apple Watch. Besides Wi-Fi, this functionality allows you to enjoy every feature the watch has to offer.
The Apple Watch required being paired with an iPhone. It doesn’t happen automatically; you will need to turn on either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or even both.
Your Apple Watch will take advantage of the Bluetooth connection when two devices are nearby. As a result, this conserves power.
While Wi-Fi can be limited in certain areas, Bluetooth is accessible everywhere. You can still use your Apple Watch even when it’s not connected to an internet connection, as long as Bluetooth is one.
Several users recently found this feature to be broken on their watch. It looks like this issue appears to be in different shapes and forms. In a nutshell, the Bluetooth connection can be broken just by updating your iPhone to the latest firmware.
Someone also reported that during his running activity, the link between the two devices seems to go on and off. If the Bluetooth feature on your Apple Watch is not working as expected, please see one of the basic troubleshooting techniques below.
- Unpair the Apple Watch then re-pair it
- Turn Bluetooth off and back on on your iPhone should fix the issue as well
- Check if both devices are running the latest version (watchOS and iOS)
If you have tried those three simple steps and it doesn’t work, keep on reading…
Factory Reset Apple Watch Settings
We wrote an article on how to hard reset and factory reset your Apple Watch the other day. So far, I think putting the device back to its brand new settings seems very efficient as it worked multiple times for my watch.
- Turn on your Apple Watch
- Go to the Settings app > General > Reset
- Then tap Erase All Content and Settings
Deleting everything from the watch and setting it up as brand new will most likely to get the Bluetooth back on and running again.
Turn on AirPlane Mode
If you don’t want to remove all the data and settings from your Apple Watch, there is also another way to re-establish the Bluetooth connection. It’s through the AirPlane mode.
- First, you want to swipe up from your Apple Watch screen
- Swipe right until you see Control Center
- Tap on the AirPlane Mode icon to turn it on, then tap on it again to turn it off
This should reset the Bluetooth connection.
I’ve seen much positive feedback from users after trying those fixes; their Apple Watch no longer gets disconnected randomly.