Apple Watch wi-fi

When your iPhone isn't nearby, you can still connect to a Wi-Fi network on your Apple Watch. To get started, you'll need watchOS 5 or later installed on your wearable device.

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network on Apple Watch

Note: When your iPhone is near, your Apple Watch will automatically connect to the same Wi-Fi or cellular network, when applicable. These directions are used when the Apple Watch isn't in the same location as iPhone.

  1. Tap on the Digital Crown on Apple Watch.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.

    Apple Watch wi-fi

  4. Tap the name of the network that you want to join from the list of available networks. Your Apple Watch can only connect to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks.
  5. If necessary, enter the network password using Scribble.
  6. Tap Join.

    Apple Watch wi-fi add password

You can use Scribble in these languages: English (Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States), French (France and Canada), German, and Italian.

Forgetting a Wi-Fi network on Apple Watch

Like on iPhone, you can have your device forget a Wi-Fi network on your wearable device.

  1. Tap on the Digital Crown on Apple Watch.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.

    Apple Watch wi-fi

  4. Select the name of the network you're connected to.
  5. Tap Forget This Network.

    Apple Watch forget network

Are you connected?

To see if you're connected to a Wi-Fi network on your Apple Watch:

  1. Tap your Apple Watch or press one of its buttons to wake it up.
  2. On your Apple Watch's watch face, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center.

The Wi-Fi icon is at the top right. When it's green, you're connected to a Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, you are not.

Apple Watch wi-fi connection

Try some new bands

Looking for a new Apple Watch band? Check out two of our favorites:

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro band and case ($18 at Amazon)

Supcase makes wonderfully protective cases for phones and the Apple Watch alike, and this case and band combo is made of sturdy silicone and hard plastic, protecting your Apple Watch from the elements, as well as bumps and scratches.

Woven nylon band with buckle ($22 at Amazon)

This comfortable woven nylon band features the durable and long-lasting NATO (G10) strap design, which has a buckle and is built for all-day wear. The connectors are black steel so that they blend in seamlessly.

Any other questions about Apple Watch and Wi-Fi?

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Updated July 2019: Updated for latest watchOS version.

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