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With the use of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, Apple Watch connects with iPhone for a number of significant functionalities such as, installation of apps. When both the devices are near, the Watch uses Bluetooth as the preferred option to save power. If the iPhone is out of Bluetooth range -30 feet, Apple Watch uses Wi-Fi to communicate with iPhone.

Recently, many Apple Watch users have reported that their device doesn't connect to Wi-Fi when the paired iPhone is out of Bluetooth range. What could be the reason behind this issue? To find out the right solution of this issue, let’s first go through some key points which will clear away many clouds.

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Apple Watch Doesn't Connect to WiFi

  • The Watch can connect to 2.4GHz WI-Fi network. It isn’t equipped to connect to 5GHz WI-Fi network.
  • The Watch can connect only to the network which is set up on your iPhone.
  • It can’t connect to public networks that require logins or subscription. In other words, it can’t configure network on its own.
  • To use all the features of Apple Watch, you need to turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone.

How to Fix Apple Watch Doesn't Connect to Wi-Fi Issue

Trick One

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Step #1. Power off your Apple Watch.

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Step #2. Forget the 2.4GHZ and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks on your iPhone. Go to Settings app on iPhone → Wi-Fi → the current Wi-Fi network → Forget This Network.

Steps #3. Next up, you have to turn off Bluetooth on your iPhone. Go to Settings app on your iPhone → Bluetooth and turn it off.

Step #4. Up next, connect to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network and then turn on Bluetooth.

Step #5. Turn on the Apple Watch by pressing and holding on the side button.

Now, go out of Bluetooth range to check out whether your Apple Watch is connected to iPhone over Wi-Fi or not. If there is a red disconnected icon on the watch face, then your device is not connected. On the other hand, if there is green connected icon on the watch face, then it is connected.


You can swipe all the way to the right or left on the watch face to go to Settings Glance and tap on the iPhone. Your iPhone will make a ping sound, if it’s connected.

Trick Two

If the first trick hasn’t worked out for you, don’t worry. There is another smart trick to help you resolve this issue.

Step #1. Put both your Apple Watch and iPhone close to each other.

Step #2. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone.

Step #3. Restart your iPhone and Apple Watch as usual.

No Solution As Yet?

If you still have not been able to fix this issue, you need to unpair your Apple Watch with iPhone and then pair it again. It will require some lengthy steps to be taken but it can, most likely, resolve it.

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Share your experience to us, if you are able to find solution with these tricks.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.

  • Luis

    Great article, It helped me solve my problem. Just a quick note: when connected, the watch displays no permanent status indicator on the watch face; it does show the red disconnected status. To see the type of connection once the watch is connected (i.e., no red indicator on the face anymore) you have to swipe up on the watch face to reveal the glances, then swipe right or left to find the settings glance (the one where airplane and disturb modes are toggled). It will show “connected” in green letters on the top line on the left. On the top right, it will show one of two icons: a small rectangle (resembling an iphone) or a cloud, also in green. The rectangle means the watch is connecting to the iphone via bluetooth. The cloud means it is on wifi.