Accessing a 5.25-inch disk from your Apple Watch is pointless, but amazing to watch

5.25 Inch Floppy Disk
5.25 Inch Floppy Disk (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • If you've ever needed to get data off a floppy disk using your watch, you can.
  • But it isn't something anyone's going to do.
  • Except, someone did.

Connecting an Apple Watch to a 5.25-inch floppy disk isn't something most people think of doing, but thankfully this world is full of all kinds of people. And someone did indeed think of doing just that. And then they uploaded it to YouTube.

I've shown you some of Niles Mitchell's YouTube videos before and they all involve connecting new devices to older ones. But how do you read a floppy disk from something that doesn't have any ports for connecting things to? You use a 30-plus-year-old DaynaFile and an old Macintosh. Because of course you do.

I won't spoil the fun by telling you what the video entails, but I will say it involves FTP which instantly makes it even geekier than it already was. And you can even view everything on your watch, too.


Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.