How to play music on Apple Watch

How to Play Music on Apple Watch

 Things to know before playing music on Apple Watch:

  • Apple Watch’s built-in speaker doesn’t play music.
  • Your Apple Watch must be connected to a Bluetooth earphone or speaker.
  • You must have an active Apple Music subscription and Apple Music Voice Plan to play music via Music app and Siri, respectively.

Apple Watch is not just a normal time-telling wearable; it’s a gadget that comes with a plethora of features that enrich your life. Among its various functions is the ability to play and control tracks directly from your wrist. Interesting, right? Without further ado, let us find out how you can play music on Apple Watch.

There are various ways to play songs on Apple Watch. However, you need to have your paired iPhone nearby to listen to and control music.

How to play songs from Apple Watch

  1. Open the Music app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Select Listen Now and utilize the Digital Crown to navigate through the available music options.
  3. Choose your preferred track and tap play to initiate playback.

    Listen to Music on Your Apple Watch

Use Siri to play music on Apple Watch

  1. Wake up your Apple Watch by tapping on the screen or raising your wrist.
  2. Invoke Siri by either pressing and holding the Digital Crown or saying, “Hey Siri.”
  3. Once Siri is activated, you can command Siri something like:
    • “Play <song> by <artist>.”
    • “Play more songs from this album.”
    • “Play my workout playlist.”
    • “Play Apple Music Country.”
    • “Play cool jazz.”
    • “Play more like this.”

The song you requested will immediately begin playing on your connected device.

Note: You must have an active Apple Music membership in order to use Siri to play music on your Apple Watch.

How to control music on iPhone from Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Music app on your Apple Watch.
  2. From the main menu, select On iPhone.

    Open Music App and Tap On iPhone on Apple Watch
  3. Choose one from the options provided:
    • Playlists
    • Artists
    • Albums
    • Songs
  4. Tap on a song to play it.

    Tap on Songs and Play the Songs from Apple Watch

Note: Your iPhone’s speakers will be used to play the song, but you can control the playback from Apple Watch.

How to play music on Apple Watch without iPhone

  1. Launch the Music app on your Apple Watch.
  2. On the main menu, scroll down and tap Library.

    Open Music App and Tap Library on Apple Watch
  3. Choose one from the options provided below:
    • Playlists
    • Artists
    • Albums
    • Songs
    • Made For You
  4. Tap on the song name to start playing the music.

    Tap Albums and Play the song from Apple Watch

Third-party apps to play music on Apple Watch

Aside from the previously indicated methods, you can also adopt an alternative approach, such as utilizing a third-party music app with your Apple Watch. These apps are designed to enhance your overall music experience and provide a diverse range of features and functionalities. 


How can I improve the battery life of my Apple Watch while playing music?

There are several options you can consider to enhance the battery life of your Apple Watch when listening to music. You can decrease the volume or check our article on how to improve your Apple Watch battery life.

How much storage space does my Apple Watch have for music?

The storage space available on your Apple Watch for music varies depending on the model you have. However, the most recent Apple Watch Ultra has a 32 GB storage capacity.

Can I use my Apple Watch to listen to podcasts?

Yes, you can use your Apple Watch to listen to podcasts. Additionally, you can use the Podcasts app to search for and play your favorite podcasts.

That’s it!

Whether you’re into fitness or someone who wants to enjoy songs without having to constantly pick up your iPhone, you can rely on your Apple Watch. So, grab your headphones and be ready to listen to your favorite music. Also, in the comments, let me know which Bluetooth headset and music players you are using with your wearable.

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