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How to transfer music to your Apple Watch

Whether you're heading out for a run, hitting the gym, doing rounds, or doing housework, your Apple Watch can hold up to 2 GB of music all on its own. It doesn't offer the sheer number of options your iPhone does, but it does offer a lot of convenience. All you have to do is sync a playlist over from your iPhone. The transfer is wireless and best of all, it's easy to do.

How to sync music playlists from your iPhone to your Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Music.
  3. Tap on Synced Playlist.
  4. Tap on the Playlist you want to sync.

Once the playlist syncs over, it'll be available for you to play on your Apple Watch.

How to play local music on your Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Music app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Force Press to bring up the options.
  3. Tap on Source.
  4. Tap on Apple Watch.
  5. Pair your Apple Watch with a Bluetooth headset, if you haven't already. (Here's how)
  6. Choose the song you want to play, and enjoy!

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

2 Comments
  • The ability to do this is the one reason I might buy a first gen apple watch. Leaving my i6 in my locker in favor of a watch would be more comfortable and reduce the distraction to check email etc while exercising. Sent from the iMore App
  • Ok, so I've synced my gym playlist which is great, no longer need to carry my iPhone round the gym, but the playlist order has changed to artist name, can I change it to song name etc?