The Apple Watch requires an iPhone

What the Apple Watch can do on its own

If you've forgotten your iPhone, if its battery is empty or if you just feel it is unnecessary ballast while exercising, the Apple Watch is on its own. At home she can possibly use the WLAN, but without a mobile internet connection and GPS chip you have to do without many functions when you are out and about. In addition, numerous apps only show the content of their partner apps on the iPhone. What remains of the Apple Watch when you are out and about without an iPhone?

Alone in the WLAN

When you talk about what the Apple Watch can do without an iPhone, you actually mean “without internet and GPS” in many cases. At home, the Apple Watch can very well go into WLAN itself. It takes over the access data for the local WLAN from the iPhone. Therefore, the iPhone can be one room further and output a message on the watch without a Bluetooth connection. If you switch off the iPhone, the watch can use basic functions via WLAN. This includes Siri, Messages, Digital Touch or even browsing through the mailbox. The Apple Watch supports WLAN 802.11b / g (only 2.4 GHz).

Clock with extras

If the Apple Watch cannot find the iPhone, it shows a red crossed-out rectangle at the top of the screen. The time display remains active, including the world clock in the current configuration. It is still possible to change the dials. Without comparison with the iPhone, the watch loses its accuracy over time, but that doesn't matter even on longer tours.

Other classic clock functions are stopwatch, timer and alarm clock, only setting via Siri is not necessary without the Internet.

Data set frozen

Calendar, reminders, messages and some other data remain available as far as they have already been downloaded from the iPhone. The Apple Watch continues to remind you of appointments, and you can also create new ones. There is simply no more updating of the existing data with the iPhone or iCloud.

Complications that get their data from the iPhone are frozen in the last state or - like the temperature display - no longer show any data with a short delay. If you are often on the go without an iPhone, create a special watch face with suitable complications. To do this, scroll all the way to the right when changing the clock face until the plus button appears. This creates an additional version of your preferred display for which you only select offline complications such as stopwatch, alarm clock, activity or battery level. So you can change quickly in the future.

listen to music

If you start playing music on the Apple Watch, the iPhone will start playing. However, you can save music, audio books and podcasts on the watch and play them from there. You can specify which music you want to save on the Apple Watch in the associated iPhone app. There you open the settings for “Music” under “My watch”. Then tap on “Sync list” to select a list of music collections for synchronization with the clock. The copying process starts when the watch is charging and the iPhone is within range. You can set the storage space for music between 100 MB and 2 GB or 15 and 250 tracks.

Next, open the Music app on the Apple Watch. After a strong pressure on the screen, you can select the Apple Watch as the source. The watch asks you to connect a Bluetooth headset to listen to music, if you have not already done so. The Apple Watch's music player then accesses the local tracks.

To register headphones, prepare them for pairing, open "Settings> Bluetooth" on the watch. Then select the device as soon as it appears. The Apple Watch can also be used via Bluetooth, for example, as a smart key for locks or to control LED lights.