Apple Watch Not Pairing With iPhone? Top 8 Ways To Fix it ASAP!

Apple Watch Not Pairing With iPhone? Top 8 Ways To Fix it ASAP!

Apple has produced some of the most amazing smartwatches available to consumers today. Just a few months ago, they unveiled their newest smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 4. In fact, the Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch right now. But even with all the hype, the Apple Watch is still not perfect, and some users have experienced some problems. One of the most common problems that users face is their Apple Watch not pairing with their iPhone.

First of all, there could be a few reasons for an Apple Watch not pairing with an iPhone. It could be that your Apple Watch has a software or hardware issue. At other times, your iPhone might have the problem. Anyway, we won’t talk too much about that in this post. For now, let’s just focus on getting your Apple Watch paired with your iPhone properly. With that being said, here are 8 ways to fix an Apple Watch not pairing with an iPhone!

  1. Make sure both devices are compatible and are working alright

Before anything else, take a quick look at your Apple Watch and iPhone. If you just bought your Apple Watch and cannot pair it with your iPhone, first make sure that your current iPhone is compatible with the Apple Watch that you have. This may sound obvious, but some people might have overlooked this. Apple Watches are only compatible with certain iPhone models. The following information comes from Apple:

  • Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) or later is compatible with iPhone 6 or later
  • Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) or earlier is compatible with iPhone 5s or later

Once you’ve made sure that both of your devices are compatible with each other, do a little more inspection. Is there anything wrong with either device visually? Are both devices running properly? Are both devices charged and ready to go?

  1. Check if Bluetooth is enabled on both devices, and your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi

Your Apple Watch needs Bluetooth for it to be paired with your iPhone. With that being said, Bluetooth needs to be enabled on both your Apple Watch as well as your iPhone for them to pair properly.

Doing this is easy enough. Simply access the Control Center on both of your devices and check whether the Bluetooth icon is highlighted or not. If it is in fact highlighted, that means that it is enabled and is working well.

In addition to that, make sure that your iPhone is also connected to a Wi-Fi or at least a cellular network.

  1. Play around with Airplane Mode

Turning on Airplane Mode on any device automatically disconnects all connections that it currently has. This includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which are both needed in order to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone. Although turning on Airplane Mode saves a significant amount of battery life, it basically prevents your Apple Watch from pairing with your iPhone in any way. This also obviously limits the functionality of your Apple Watch.

To check if Airplane Mode is enabled on your device, access the Control Center and see look for the airplane icon. Click on this icon to turn Airplane Mode on or off, a highlighted icon indicates that it is enabled.

Switching Airplane Mode on and off can fix the not pairing problem, as the device will automatically re-establish any connections lost when Airplane Mode was switched on. So you could play around with this and see if this solves the problem.

  1. Restart your devices

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

I bet you’ve heard those words before. It might sound funny, but you’d be surprised how many tech issues are solved simply by turning a device off and then on again.

Restarting devices could work as it could terminate any glitches that are preventing your devices from pairing with each other. All you need to do is find out which device has a problem.

Restart your Apple Watch by pressing the side button for a few seconds until the Power Off slider appears on the screen. Then slide the Power Off slider to the right to turn off your Apple Watch. Turn it on again by pressing the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. This will hopefully terminate any problems that your Apple Watch had and allow it to pair with your iPhone without any problem.

If that doesn’t work, then maybe the problem is with your iPhone. The same thing applies here. Restart your iPhone by pressing the sleep/wake button until the Power Off slider appears on the screen, and then slide it to turn your iPhone off. Turn it on again by pressing the same button until the Apple logo becomes visible on the screen. The buttons may be found on different parts of the iPhone depending on what model you have.

  1. Check and reset the Network Settings on your iPhone

If you suspect that this problem is caused by any network issues, it might be a good idea to reset the network settings on your iPhone. Doing this will restore default network settings and erase all connection history on your iPhone including any network and Wi-Fi.

To reset network settings on your iPhone, navigate to the settings, and then General. From there, click Reset, and Reset Network Settings. You will then be asked to input your iPhone’s passcode. After doing that, click on Reset Network Settings.


  1. Make sure that your iOS and WatchOS is up to date

Check and see whether you have the latest software updates for both your Apple Watch and your iPhone. If not, it is a good idea to update both devices as this may resolve any software issues that could be preventing both devices from pairing.

Once you have received the notification that your device is updated, try pairing and see if that solves the problem.


  1. Un-pair then re-pair your devices

If the problem still persists, you can try un-pairing and then re-pairing the devices. Follow the instructions below provided by Apple.

  1. On your Apple Watch, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  2. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, then tap your watch at the top of the screen. Tap info icon next to the watch that you want to un-pair, then tap Unpair Apple Watch. Tap again to confirm.
  3. Pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again.


  1. Ask for help from Apple Support

If none of the solutions here worked for you, then your last bet would be to contact Apple Support. You can get in touch with an Apple representative by phone, chat, email as well as other ways. Contact Apple Support here.

You could also try visiting an Apple store near you and ask for help there. Or if you purchased your Apple Watch from stores like Walmart, you could also try asking for help there.

The Apple Watch is a great device, but it still has its share of problems. The Apple Watch not pairing with an iPhone is one of the most common problems that users have. Hopefully the solutions listed within this post helped you out with this. Let me know if it has by leaving a comment.

Raymund Labtic

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