Subscriber Account active since. An Apple Watch that isn't paired to an iPhone is greatly diminished in its capacities. If your smartwatch is not pairing with your smartphone, you'll want to connect it as soon as possible. The good news is that — in most cases — Apple Watch pairing issues can be fixed in a matter of minutes. Here are the best ways to address the connectivity failure between your two devices, from the simplest to most complex methods. There's a chance your phone is simply too far away from your Apple Watch, or that it's in a bag or drawer that is blocking clear signal. Because the watch and phone pair via Bluetooth, proximity is key. So get them closer together and see if that alleviates the issue.
If you have your old iPhone
Move your phone closer to your watch
Ready to get a new iPhone? Learn how to transfer your Apple Watch from your old iPhone to your new one. If you don't have your old iPhone, you need to use different steps. Choose an option below.
Apple Watch User Guide
We walk you through the best way to get your new Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, plus how to unpair and erase your old smartwatch. We walk you through how to pair a new Apple Watch to your iPhone as well as unpair and erase your old one. The newest Apple Watch brings a number of refinements and new features to last year's Series 4. Before you can start using your new smartwatch, you'll have to set it up. If you already have an Apple Watch, you'll need to start by unpairing the Watch from your iPhone.
If you see a red iPhone icon on your Apple Watch, or you're trying to pair and can't find the "i" icon, try to connect your devices again. If you don't get notifications, messages, or calls on your Apple Watch, your Apple Watch and iPhone might not be connected. If your Apple Watch isn't connected or paired with your iPhone If you see a red iPhone icon on your Apple Watch, or you're trying to pair and can't find the "i" icon, try to connect your devices again. Check your Apple Watch connection If you don't get notifications, messages, or calls on your Apple Watch, your Apple Watch and iPhone might not be connected. If you need help, try the steps below. After each step, see if your devices can connect. Try to connect your Apple Watch and iPhone again Keep your Apple Watch and paired iPhone close together to make sure that they're in range. To check, open Control Center. Open Control Center, then turn off Airplane Mode. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, then tap your watch at the top of the screen.