Bluetooth has got to be one of the most important features of the Apple Watch beside Wi-Fi. This functionality allows you to pair the smartwatch with your iPhone and take advantage of all the features it has to offer.
When you purchase a brand new Apple Watch for the first time, it doesn’t automatically connect to your iPhone. You will need to turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or even both for data including applications from your iPhone to be synced with your Apple Watch.
The use of Bluetooth doesn’t stop there. You can also pair your Apple Watch to an accessory such as a wireless headphone or speaker. This way leaving your phone behind isn’t that bad anymore. While Apple recommends that these two features should be enabled, sometimes Wi-Fi isn’t always available. Therefore, Bluetooth is the only thing that keeps the connection between your iPhone and Apple Watch stable.
If Bluetooth Is Not Working on Your Apple Watch
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. Unfortunately, this feature doesn’t always work. Some people have reported poor connectivity problems, and the majority aims toward the Activity app.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to fix this issue so that you don’t lose connection with whatever device or accessory your Apple Watch is connected to.
Let’s first start with some basic troubleshooting tips:
- Unpair the Apple Watch then re-pair it
- Reset Bluetooth connection by turning it off and then back on
- Update your Apple Watch to the latest watchOS version
If you have tried those three simple solutions and it still doesn’t work, keep on reading…
Reset Apple Watch Settings
We wrote an article on how to hard reset and factory reset your Apple Watch. So far, I think putting the device back to its factory settings seems very helpful.
To do so on your Apple Watch:
- On your watch, open the Settings app
- Go to the General > Reset
- Then tap Erase All Content and Settings
Note: You should backup your device before resetting.
Turn on AirPlane Mode
Removing everything (data and settings) from an Apple Watch can be a hassle, especially for beginners. If you don’t want to do that, there is another way to reestablish the Bluetooth connection.
We’re going to turn on 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
In addition to turning off Bluetooth, Airplane mode also disables Wi-Fi and cellular data on your iPhone and Apple Watch. You should leave this feature on for a few minutes. After that, swipe up from the Control Center to turn it off.
Restart your Apple Watch
Last but not least, a quick restart can often fix a lot of minor problems on any smartphone or smartwatch.
To restart your Apple Watch:
- Press and hold the side button until you see the “Power Off” slider
- Tap and drag it to the right
- Once the screen is black, press and hold the side button until you see an Apple logo
This is something that not a lot of users are having trouble with. In most cases, a quick restart or unpairing will get the Bluetooth feature on your Apple Watch to connect again.
Let me know if you have any questions.