Can you use the Apple Watch with an Android device?
The Apple Watch is one of the most popular smartwatches on the market, offering a variety of features that are attractive to both athletes and business people. But can you use the Apple Watch with an Android device? In this article, we will answer that question and show you how to get the most out of your Apple Watch, even if you own an Android smartphone.
Before we begin, it's important to note that the Apple Watch was primarily designed for use with an iPhone. Therefore, some features may not be available or may be limited when using the watch with an Android device.
Apple Watch and Android: Is it possible?
The short answer is: Yes, but with restrictions. While Apple does not officially support using the Apple Watch with Android devices, there is a workaround that allows Android users to use an Apple Watch. This workaround is called Family Setup.
Family Setup: What is it?
Family Setup is an official Apple feature that allows a family member without their own iPhone to make phone calls, send messages, and share their location with an Apple Watch. We can use this feature to use an Apple Watch with an Android device.
What Apple Watch do I need?
In order to use the Apple Watch as an Android user, you will need an Apple Watch starting from the fourth generation (or SE) with cellular capability. You can recognize if an Apple Watch has cellular capability by the red ring or circle on the Digital Crown.
How do I set up the Apple Watch with an Android device?
In order to use the Apple Watch with an Android device, you will either need your own old iPhone or you need to know someone who you trust that can set up the Apple Watch on their iPhone for you. Once the Apple Watch is configured with the iPhone, you can use it with your Android device.
What features can I use?
With the Apple Watch in Family Setup, you can enjoy a variety of features, including:
- All watch faces
- Installing apps from the App Store
- Tracking fitness rings
- Standard apps like weather, calendar, compass, memos, calculator, etc.
- Streaming Apple Music via Family Sharing (if subscribed)
- Making and receiving phone and FaceTime audio calls
- Sending and receiving messages and emails
- Contacting other Apple Watch wearers via Walkie-Talkie
- Creating and customizing Memoji
What features can I not use?
There are some features that you cannot use when using the Apple Watch with an Android device. These include:
- Apple Pay with a credit, debit, or transit card in the Wallet app
- Mirroring WhatsApp messages
- Home app on the Apple Watch
- Irregular heart rhythm notifications
- Menstrual cycle tracking
- Blood oxygen
- Home and shortcuts
Although the Apple Watch was primarily designed for use with an iPhone, there are ways to use it with an Android device. However, some features are restricted and it may incur additional costs to use the cellular capability of the Apple Watch. Therefore, you should carefully consider whether the benefits of the Apple Watch justify the additional costs and limitations.