Several users that recently upgraded their Apple Watch to the latest watchOS have noticed that their Apple Watch has trouble connecting to Wi-Fi. Even when the unit does manage to connect to the Wi-Fi, it has hard time maintaining the connection for extended periods of time.
If you are having Wi-Fi issues with your Apple Watch, here are some simple tips that may help you resolve the issue.
Tip – #1 First make sure that you have not configured your iPhone and Apple Watch to mirror the enabling of Airplane Mode:
- On your iPhone, in the Watch app, go to: My Watch (tab) > General > Airplane Mode – turn off Mirror iPhone.
Tip- #2 Make sure you are using a compatible Wi-Fi Network. According to Apple,
Compatible Wi-Fi for Apple Watch
Your Apple Watch can connect to a Wi-Fi network:
- If your iPhone, while connected to your watch with Bluetooth, has connected to the network before.
- If the Wi-Fi network is 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz.
For example, your Apple Watch won’t connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi or public networks that require logins, subscriptions, or profiles.
Its important to keep the above in mind and make sure you are trying to connect to a compatible Wi-Fi Network.
Before proceeding with the steps below, make sure that you note down the following and keep it handy.
- Your Wi-Fi network name
- The type of encryption that it uses
- Your Wi-Fi password
- Make sure that your Watch is charged
Steps to Fix Wi-Fi Issues on Apple Watch
Make sure that your iPhone is connected to the Wi-Fi network and you have connected your Apple Watch to the iPhone by Bluetooth. Proceed with the steps below:
Step – 1 On your iPhone, Tap on Settings > Wi-Fi
Step – 2 Tap on the “i” icon at the right hand side of your current Wi-Fi connection’s entry;
Step – 3 On the next screen, tap on Forget This Network
Wait for a minute.
Step – 4 Tap on Settings > Wi-Fi. Disable and Enable the Wi-Fi on your iPhone by toggling the setting.
Step – 5 Reconnect your iPhone to your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. Enter your Wi-Fi Credentials when prompted.
Step – 6 After the iPhone has reconnected, allow a short time for the information to be shared to the watch.
Step – 7 Test the watch’s ability to connect to the network by placing your iPhone into Airplane Mode (via the Control Center or via Settings > Airplane Mode).
Step – 8 On the watch, swipe up on the watch face to open Control Centre.
- This should say Connected and show a green Cloud icon to indicate that it is connected to Wi-Fi
- Swipe down again to return to the watch face
Step – 9 Take the iPhone out of Airplane Mode when finished.
The sequence of steps above are handy when you experience issues with your Apple Watch not connecting to your Wi-Fi.
The other solution that has worked at times is to reset the network settings on your iPhone and then try connecting your Apple Watch to the Wi-Fi.
Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or if you would like to share additional tips that worked for you.
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