Tutorial: How to get your Apple Watch work on Wi-fi without connecting to iPhone

There has been a number of reports and discussion on what an Apple Watch can do without connecting with the iPhone. Certainly that includes on-board music and photos synced from your iPhone, Time and alarm, etc that can work without an iPhone nearby. Here I want to show you how you can get your Apple Watch work on a trusted/known Wifi network independently, how you can use it for. I made a short video to show you how and what you can do from there.

How to setup known Wifi network on your Apple Watch
The pre-requisite is that you need to make sure the MAC address of your Apple Watch (i.e. Wifi Address  in Apple Watch Settings -> General -> About) has been registered on your router . Below are the steps that I have discovered that works:

  1. Disconnect your Apple Watch from your iPhone
  2. Forget the known Wifi (e.g. home network) on your iPhone
  3. Reconnect the Wifi network with credentials
  4. Reconnect the Apple Watch by turning on iPhone Bluetooth
  5. Once successfully paired, turn off iPhone Bluetooth
  6. Invoke Siri on Apple Watch and it should be able to work

Once you are all set, you can play around with it. The video below also showcases a few functions you can do with Siri with Apple Watch connected to Wifi, including using Siri for creating Events, Reminders, play music, and also the ability to receive iMessage.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Eddie says:

    hey man , how u doing? i tried it and it doesn’t work , Iam wondering if its because I updated to os2


  2. John says:

    I think it only works on 2.4GHz networks, not on 5GHz. Cheers, John


  3. Tywan Brooks says:

    If you updated to apple watch os2, then it still works but the sign of success is different that what is in the video. You will know that you have successful connected your apple watch to wifi when you go to the status screen of your apple watch and at the top it read connected with a symbol of a cloud of to the right side of the words.


  4. Great! Works perfect👍👍👍😊

    Liked by 1 person

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