WiFi Not Working on Apple Watch? Here is How to Fix It

Apple Watch is connected to your iPhone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. When the Bluetooth connection is lost (you disconnect your watch or you go 30 feet away you’re your iPhone), your Apple Watch is still connected to your iPhone via Wi-fi. But many users have faced Wi-fi issues on their Apple Watch, and therefore, they are not able to check some notifications on watch.

If your Apple Watch not connecting to Wi-Fi, here is how to fix the problem. This tutorial also discusses some basic facts you should consider while fixing Apple Watch Wi-fi disconnection problems.

Apple Watch Not Connecting to WiFi: How to Get Rid of This Issue

With watchOS 5, Apple introduced a feature that allows you to connect your Apple Watch manually to a Wi-fi network. The idea behind this option is to let you use your watch to communicate with your contacts without using the iPhone.

Suppose, your iPhone shows low battery and you cannot use Wi-fi or LTE on your device. In this situation, you can use default as well as third-party apps to interact with your friends and colleagues.

This post deals with an issue where your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network and your watch fails to connect with that Wi-Fi network. To find out the right solution of the issue, let’s first go through some key points which will clear away many clouds.

Solution #1: Apple Watch Can only Support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Network

Though you can connect your Apple Watch to 5GHz Wi-fi network, the compatible network is a 2.4GHz Wi-fi. So make sure the Wi-fi network you are connecting your watch to is 2.4GHz Wi-fi.

Solution #2: Turn Off Mirror iPhone Feature

Step #1. Launch Watch app on your iPhone.

Launch Watch app on iPhone

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on General.

Tap on General in Watch app on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Airplane mode.

Tap on Airplane mode Under General in Watch app

If this is toggled on, simply turn it off.

Turn Off Mirror iPhone in Watch App

When Mirror iPhone is enabled and both devices (iPhone and Apple Watch) are in Bluetooth range, enabling Airplane Mode on Apple Watch will also enable it on your iPhone and the other way round.

Solution #3. Turn Wi-Fi OFF/ON on Apple Watch

This may sound silly, but in some cases, toggling the Wi-Fi On/Off does the job.

Turn ON and Off WiFi on Apple Watch

Solution #4. Change the Wi-Fi Network on Apple Watch

In case your current Wi-fi network is not strong enough, you should check other public networks to fix Wi-fi issue on your Apple Watch.

Step #1. Tap on Digital Crown of your Apple Watch. From the cluster of apps, tap on Settings.

Go to Apple Watch Settings

Step #2. Next, tap on Wi-Fi.

Tap on WiFi in Apple Watch Settings

If your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, your Apple Watch will show that network here.

Step #3. Next, Swipe up the watch screen and you can see other Wi-Fi networks.

Swipe up watch screen to see other WiFi networks

Step #4. Tap on any reliable network; enter the password and then tap on Join.

Tap on any reliable network to connect Wifi on Apple Watch

Now your Apple Watch is connected to a public Wi-Fi network. And your iPhone and watch are on different networks.

Apple Watch is connected to a public Wi-Fi network
iPhone (Left) and Apple watch (Right) are on different Wi-Fi networks

First off, you need to check if your Apple Watch can connect to any Wi-Fi network. For this purpose, take two quick steps on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Enable Airplane mode on your iPhone: Swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen to bring up Control Center and tap the Airplane Mode icon.

Enable Airplane mode on iPhone

On your Apple Watch, launch Control Center by swiping up on the watch face. Make sure you are on the home screen of your watch. You will see the Wi-Fi icona blue Wi-Fi icon on the Control Center of your Apple Watch.

Check WiFi Connected on Apple Watch

If your watch is not connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can follow another method to get rid of Wi-fi issue on Apple Watch.

Solution #5. Forget Wi-Fi Network on iPhone

Check that your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected via Bluetooth and your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Step #1. On your iPhone, open Settings.

Open Settings on iPhone which paired with Apple Watch

Step #2. Now tap on Wi-Fi.

Tap on WiFi in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Tap on (i) icon next to the current Wi-Fi network.

Tap on i icon next to connected WiFi on iPhone

Step #4. Next, tap on Forget This Network. Tap on Forget again to confirm.

Forget WiFi Network on iPhone

Note that your watch is still connected to your iPhone via Bluetooth.

Step #5. Reconnect your iPhone to the Wi-Fi network.

Reconnect your iPhone to the WiFi network

Don’t forget that your iPhone is connected to a 2.4GHz network.

Wait for a few moments as your iPhone communicates with your Apple Watch to establish a Wi-Fi connection.

Next, enable Airplane Mode on your iPhone.

Check that Wi-Fi icon on your Apple Watch by swiping up on the Watch screen to bring Control Center. If that the Wi-Fi iconWi-Fi icon is blue, your watch is successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network.

Enable Airplane Mode on iPhone and check Apple Watch is connected to a WiFi network

Now you can disable Airplane Mode on your iPhone.

Disable Airplane Mode on iPhone

Contact Apple Support

If nothing works, you should contact Apple Support for further help. For consumers, who are in the United States, they can contact Apple Watch Service Answer Center – Apple Support. For users not in the US, they can contact Apple Support.

Signing off…

In case you are using an Apple Watch with Cellular support, you are always connected to the Internet. However, on watches with cellular support, you can face Wi-Fi issues. You have to fix the wi-fi problems as you might face low cellular coverage on your watch.

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