Despite the fact that Apple has discontinued its iPod lineup, there’s a new wave of devices that are now available to take its place. Of course, you can always go and pick up an old iPod from eBay or FaceBook Marketplace, but if you have an Apple Watch, you don’t need to. The Apple Watch on your wrist could be the best iPod ever made. And it even allows you to listen to music on Apple Watch without iPhone. Unfortunately, quite a few of you Apple Watch owners cannot seem to figure out how to play music on your Apple Watch. So I’m going to show you how easy it is!
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Let me say it again; the Apple Watch is probably the best and certainly most convenient iPod Apple ever made. But it does take a little bit of extra equipment to get your music playing with an Apple Watch. The main thing you need is Bluetooth headphones. Better yet, Apple’s AirPods are great because they automatically connect to your Watch when you begin using it for audio without you having to do anything. But any wireless Bluetooth headphones will work.
Can You Listen to Music on Apple Watch Without Headphones?
Unfortunately, no, Music cannot be played from your Apple Watch’s own speaker. At least not at this time.
Pair Bluetooth Headphones with Apple Watch
- Put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode.
- Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Locate and select your Bluetooth headphones from the list of available devices.
- If necessary, enter a passkey or PIN.
Music on Your Apple Watch: The Requirements
Your Apple Watch playlist is limited to 1 GB by default, but you can change that setting through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Update your music up to 2 GB or choose a lower setting of 500 MB or 100 MB. If this method doesn’t make sense, you can also limit the number of songs in your playlist to 15, 50, 125, or 250 songs.
We suggest creating a watch dedicated playlist in your iPhone’s Music app and name it Apple Watch or My Watch (or something similar.) Add all the music you want to play on your watch to this playlist. For those of you that are Apple Music subscribers, consider adding an Apple generated For You Playlist. These are nice in that they update the music selections weekly.
- Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone.
- Tap Library in the toolbar at the bottom.
- Tap Playlists.
- At the top of the page, tap the New Playlist… button.
- Enter a name and description for the playlist.
- Toggle Show on My Profile and in Search to the On or Off position.
- Tap the + Add Music button.
- Search for tracks and artists that you want to include on the playlist.
- When you find something you like tap the + button.
- Repeat the steps until you’ve finished adding the songs and artists.
- Once complete, tap the Done button in the top right corner.
Sync Playlist with Apple Watch
Being able to have your favorite playlists available wherever you are with your Apple Watch is extremely convenient. This, along with pairing your AirPods with your Watch makes for an unstoppable combination for those times when you want to leave your iPhone behind and go for a run. Or, if you need to leave it in your locker at the gym, you can still listen to everything you want without hesitation.
In true Apple fashion, there are multiple ways for those who trying to figure out how to download songs to your Apple Watch. The first of which is definitely easier, not only for being able to use the larger screen, but you’ll need to grab your iPhone to get started:
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap the My Watch tab in the bottom toolbar of the app.
- Scroll down and tap Music from the list of apps.
- Under Playlists & Albums, tap Add Music…
- Go through and select the playlist or album that you want to download to your Apple Watch.
Play Music on Your Apple Watch
To listen to your synced Music, make sure your Bluetooth headphones are connected. Once you’ve done that:
- Open the Music App on Apple Watch
- Locate and select the playlist that you want to listen to.
- Select the song that you want to start playing.
Want to Play Your Subscription-Based Apple Music Offline?
Yes, you can! Listen offline on your Apple Watch, even when you don’t have your paired iPhone around. This is especially welcome news for runners, joggers, walkers, and anyone who enjoys listening to music without the tethers of their iPhones. So yes, leave your iPhone in the house or at the office and still enjoy some great music, courtesy of Apple Music.
- Open the Music app on your Apple Watch.
- Locate and select the playlist or song that you want to listen to offline.
- Once the music playback controls appear, tap the three horizontal dots (…) in the bottom right corner.
- Tap the Add to Library button.
- Once you have received the confirmation message that the song has been added to your library, tap the three horizontal dots (…) in the bottom right corner again.
- Tap the Download button.
Control Music Directly from your iPhone
If you’d like to forego the syncing and have your iPhone nearby, use your Apple Watch as a controller for the music being played from your phone. To do this, open the Music app, scroll up, and select your iPhone as the source. Once done, scroll down and select any of the options to search through and select Music to play on your iPhone.