To listen to audio from your Apple Watch, you'll have to pair it with a Bluetooth headset.

That's because, while the Apple Watch has a speaker, it's only meant for tones, calls, and other short and simple sound. If you want to hear music, audio books, or podcasts — and especially if you want to listen to music store locally on your Apple Watch, you'll need to pair. Any Bluetooth headset will do, and the process is super simple.

Note: If you try to listen to local music before you pair with a Bluetooth headset, you'll be prompted to pair during the playback process. Simply skip to step 4, below.

How to pair your Apple Watch with a Bluetooth headset

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to your Apple Watch's Home screen. (If you aren't there already.)
  2. Tap the Settings app.
  3. Tap Bluetooth.
  4. Tap the name of the device you want to pair with.

The device status will switch from "pairing" to "paired" once the connection is established.