Can You Use Apple Watch With Android Phone?

Can you use Apple watch with Android phone? Read on to find out! Apple Watches have become very popular over the last several years and many people want them. Even those who have Android phones want to be able to get in on the fun.

If you’re interested in an Apple Watch but you don’t want to switch to an iPhone, can you use it with your Android phone? You definitely can, but you’re going to want to know how to go about things.

The following short guide will show you how to use your new Apple Watch with an Android phone. This process isn’t incredibly complicated, but you’ll be glad that you took the time to get some info. You’ll be enjoying your Apple Watch in no time and it’ll be a great experience. You can use your Apple Watch while still enjoying being an Android phone user.

How To Connect Apple Watch To Android Phones

Of course, it is worth noting that the official Apple stance is that Apple Watches are only compatible with iPhone devices. They’re also only supposed to be compatible with certain iPhone devices on the market. However, this isn’t completely accurate and there are ways to get an Apple Watch to work with other phones. Just know that these methods are not endorsed by Apple and are unofficial.

The Devices Don’t Pair in a Normal Way

It’s also important to acknowledge that the devices do not pair in a normal way. You can’t just sync your Apple Watch with your Samsung Galaxy phone through Bluetooth. If it was that simple, then you wouldn’t really need this guide to get things to work. Understand that the compatibility between an Android phone and an Apple Watch is going to be limited and that it’s only possible to get the phone and the Apple watch to work in semi-tandem.

LTE Bluetooth Connectivity

Some Apple Watches have the ability to communicate through Bluetooth in a different way than normal. This is called LTE connectivity and it’s going to be useful to you. The more expensive high-end Apple Watches that are offered have the ability to remain connected so that they can receive calls and get your messages even when your Bluetooth connection is interrupted. It’s a handy feature that is meant to keep your Apple Watch working perfectly with your iPhone.

The feature mentioned above is going to act as a sort of loophole that will allow you to use the Apple Watch with an Android phone. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the features while using the Apple Watch with your Android phone if it has the LTE Bluetooth connectivity feature. Make sure that the Apple Watch in question has this capability before moving forward. It’s the only way to get this to work at all.

The Type of Connectivity You Will Get

You’re probably curious about what is going to work and what isn’t going to work with this method. Basically, an Apple Watch is capable of keeping itself updated through your cellular connection and this keeps the installed apps working. Some iPhone specific apps might not work like you would expect them to. Your iMessage app may seem to work just fine, but sending a normal SMS text will typically fail.

This is going to be a bit of a conundrum, being that Android devices make use of SMS texting almost exclusively. You also won’t be able to keep your software up to date due to not having an iPhone to update things. This does limit the usefulness of an Apple Watch quite a bit. You’ll also need access to an iPhone to install a new app, so having a friend or family member with an iPhone is likely going to be the best way to get this to work for you.

What Does This Require?

To get this done, you’re going to need to have access to several things. Firstly, you’re going to need an Apple Watch with LTE as well as an unlocked Android phone. This will require an iPhone 6 or a later model than that. You’ll also need a SIM card removal tool to finish things up, as well as a cellular network that supports the usage of the Apple Watch.

Getting Things Set Up Properly

Getting things set up properly will require you to configure the Apple Watch with the iPhone device. You have to start with the iPhone to get this process to work so that it will be connected to the LTE network. When the Apple Watch is ready, you will then need to turn off the iPhone, the Apple Watch, and your Android phone. Take your SIM card removal tool and remove the SIM card from the iPhone.

The iPhone SIM card needs to be placed in your Android phone now. Turn the Android phone on and then power on the Apple Watch. You should see that your Apple Watch is now connected to the phone through the LTE network. It is now possible to start receiving calls on the Apple Watch while using your Android phone like normal.

Your Android phone isn’t really working with your Apple Watch at all, but it’s still going to function how you want it to. The Apple Watch is communicating with the LTE network and this is what allows it to work. It’s a very basic way to set things up and it isn’t entirely perfect. This is the best option that you have if you want to use an Apple Watch with an Android phone, however.

Whether or not it is worth going to the trouble to do this is completely up to you. It’s not going to be practical for many people due to it requiring an iPhone to work. Of course, finding an iPhone 6 that is unlocked for cheap isn’t that difficult in the modern market. Think about what you want and then consider whether you want to go through with using this method.

It does make it so that you can use an Apple Watch and enjoy the conveniences of having one. It would, however, be better to just use an Apple Watch with an iPhone like normal. If you really like the Apple Watch, then you might want to consider crossing sides in the phone wars.

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