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Apple Watch: Can I still use it without my iPhone

Does my Apple Watch really need to be paired to my iPhone for it to work? Not necessarily. Here’s some tips on what you can do with only your Apple Watch.

How to use your Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby

If you don’t have your iPhone with you, learn what you can still do with your Apple Watch.

If you have Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)

If your iPhone and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) are both connected to a cellular network, your watch can do everything that it normally does, even if your iPhone isn’t with you.1 When your watch connects to a cellular network, Green dots icon appears in the Control Center.

If your watch is connected to a cellular network, but your iPhone isn’t nearby, your watch can do the same things that it can when using Wi-Fi.

If you have a Wi-Fi connection

When your iPhone is off or out of range, your Apple Watch can use Wi-Fi networks that you’ve connected to previously on your iPhone. When you connect to one of these Wi-Fi networks, Wi-Fi icon appears in Control Center. You can still do these things.

  • Use Siri to get directions, send iMessages, and more.

  • Send and receive messages.

  • Make and receive phone calls.

  • Check the current weather.

  • Track your stocks.

  • Control your home.

  • Use apps that support Wi-Fi.

If you can’t connect to Wi-Fi, cellular, or your iPhone

When your Apple Watch is disconnected, you can still do these things. For example, you might be hiking in an area without Wi-Fi or cellular signal or your iPhone might be off.

  • Track your workouts with the Workout app.

  • Track your goals with the Activity app.

  • See the time and use the Alarm, Timer, and Stopwatch apps.

  • Play music from a synced playlist.

  • Display photos from synced photo albums.

  • Make purchases with Apple Pay.

  • Check your heart rate.

  • Relax and breathe mindfully.

  • Set and respond to reminders.

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