How to Connect Apple Watch to Android: Can You Use Apple Watch With Android Phone or Without an iPhone?

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The Apple Watch is by far the most popular smartwatch on the market. But can you connect it to an Android device, or use it without an iPhone? These are the questions we'll be answering today. Hundreds of millions of non-iPhone smartphone users might want to get their hands on the impressive smartwatch. But if you are one of those people, would it be worth it? Or would you be spending your hard earned money on something you can't then use? Let's find out.

Can you use Apple Watch with an Android phone?

Rather than flirting with the answer, let's just get down to business: no, the Apple Watch cannot be used with an Android phone. In order to activate and set up an Apple Watch, you need an iPhone to pair it with. You'll also need an iPhone to exchange data, add apps and activate LTE connectivity.


If you have a cellular model of Apple Watch, then theoretically you can use it while using an Android phone. You'd still need to set it up via an iPhone, then swap the SIM from your iPhone into an Android device. The two devices will essentially be separate though, so it would be a fairly pointless exercise.

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Can you use Apple Watch without an iPhone?

The answer to this question is: sort of. Your watch will work, even if it isn't in range of the iPhone that was used to set it up. So you can use many of its functions, such as activity tracking, play music that's stored directly on the phone, or Apple Maps.

So the Watch doesn't need the iPhone to be adjacent at all times, which can be handy. Even more useful, the addition of the Family Setup feature means that someone close to you who doesn't have an iPhone, can still enjoy an Apple Watch. However, they would need to connect it your iPhone, as well as fulfilling some other criteria.


The bottom line is that Apple have designed their watches and the phones to work together. They don't want you to use their watch without having an iPhone to go with it. And while Family Setup allows a parent to give their child a smartwatch without an extra phone, for example, they still need an iPhone in the household. Without it, your Apple Watch will not work.

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