This is how you can pair your Apple Watch with an Android device

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The Apple Watch is one of the most sought-after smartwatches on the market so far, because according to Counterpoint data, this device has sold at least 100 million units worldwide, so it is not uncommon for users to ask if this watch made by Apple can work with Android, and the initial answer would be yes, although with some limitations.

It is possible to make this smart watch works partially with a non-Apple device; however, it must be said at the outset that it does require an iPhone to perform the initial configurations, so it will be essential to bring one of these cell phones to log in with an Apple account and add a series of data, it should be noted that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models will work onwards.

It is mandatory that the Apple Watch be a model with an Internet connection, so if it is a version that has only GPS, it will not work. Once this watch has been paired with an iPhone or iPod, it should be verified that the Apple Watch is capable of receiving and making calls, later You must turn off the iPhone, Apple Watch and the Android device with which you want to operate the device in question.

Once the cell phones have been turned off, you must remove the SIM card from the iPhone and place it in the Android phone, to later turn on the smartphone and finally the Apple Watch. From here, when you are connected to the network, it will be possible to receive and make calls on a cell phone with Android as the main device.

In the smart watch it will be possible to download and use applications, in addition to accessing health and sports functions, although there will be no possibility of synchronizing these data with the phone. People will be able to start exercises, monitor health, complete daily activity goals, listen to music, view maps, among other interesting functions such as using WhatsApp or updating the Apple Watch itself if it is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Within the framework of the limitations, it will be possible to send iMessage but there may be problems with SMS, and all the data collected within the device cannot be exported to any device other than Apple. Notifications will also be affected, as only those from apps that can be installed on the watch will be received.

Being a device designed to work with iOS, there are many restrictions that can be found in the operation of the smartwatch, so the brand itself does not recommend using these devices with phones other than iPhone, and due to the prices at which they are found in the market, it will always be more advisable to buy a smartwatch that does have 100% compatibility with your phone.

There is another alternative to make Apple Watch work with Android

As an alternative, Apple’s ‘Family’ configuration can be used to have a smart watch running without an iPhone, although in the same way, a series of requirements must be met to proceed.

In the first place, in this process you also need an iPhone to be able to configure and link the Apple Watch and then use it on Android, although with the same restrictions as before.

To make it work, after paired with an Apple device, just enter the ‘Watch’ application on the iPhone, click on ‘All watches’ and on’ Add watch ‘to finally touch the option’ configure for a member of the family ‘, after the synchronization is complete, the Apple Watch can be used as normal.

It should be noted that the function is originally intended for children and the elderly who do not have an iPhone and is available from the WatchOS 7 system.


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