We tell you what to consider when connecting a smart watch to a phone and what difficulties may arise with smart watches and smartphones on Android and iPhone
Smart devices have long conquered the world. Instead of a watch that simply shows the time, an advanced person would prefer to have a gadget that can tell the weather, remind you of the dollar exchange rate and the need to wish a business partner a happy birthday. This device can be used with a SIM card and receive SMS messages on it, make calls with it, use the Internet. But in order to take advantage of all the functions of the gadget, you need to know how to connect a smart watch to your phone for their full operation. Of course, with modern devices, pairing problems should not arise. However, in this article we will tell you what you should pay attention to and why the smartwatch does not connect to an Android smartphone or iPhone.
So, you bought a smart watch, opened the box with the purchase and intend to use it for the first time. The first thing to do is to read the instructions that came with the gadget, and then charge the equipment. If the watch works with a SIM card, you should first check its performance on the phone and only then install it in a new gadget. Before you connect your smart device to your phone, check if it works. Press the power button, set the correct time, date and location. After that, turn off the gadget again and press the power button after turning on the bluetooth on the phone. This will avoid connecting other devices to the watch and knocking down the settings. Also, when preparing to connect the watch to the phone, make sure that you find the pin code in the instructions and know the name of your new technique.
Step by step instructions for iPhone
Without any effort, owners of “apple” devices will be able to make friends with their gadgets. Pairing your Apple Watch and iPhone is pretty easy.
Step 1. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices.
Step 2 Put the watch on your hand and turn it on while holding the button. When the brand logo appears on the display, release it.
Step 3 Bring your smartwatch close to your smartphone. Information about the settings of the smart gadget will appear on the screen. Click the “continue” button. If the message doesn’t appear, open the Apple Watch app and select Pair.
Step 4 Point your smartphone camera at the watch face. Wait for a successful connection signal. Enter the device ID under which it will be registered.
Step 5 If this is your first time using your watch, click Set Up Apple Watch. You will need to enter your Apple ID. If the request was not reflected immediately, then open it through the program by selecting the “Basic” item.
Step 6 If the watch does not have the latest software, then a prompt will appear on the screen to update it. Check the charge level before agreeing.
Step 7 Create a password that will come in handy, for example for Apple Pay. This step can be skipped. Make device settings.
In automatic mode on Apple Watch, functions such as smartphone search, GPS, Internet access are available. Additionally, you can connect Siri, even if it was not enabled on the phone. Keep in mind that synchronizing devices may take some time, especially if a lot of data is already saved on the smartphone. A slight pulsation will signal the end of the process.
If “activation lock” is displayed on the Apple Watch screen, you need to enter your email address and password. The problem may arise if the watch had a different owner. Then he must remove the activation lock.
Step by step instructions for Android
In order to connect your smartwatch to your Android smartphone, you have to follow a few more steps. The fact is that just turning on Bluetooth is not enough, you need to install a special application — your own for different manufacturers. For most models, the Wear OS program is suitable — it supports the Google Assistant and adds a number of functions to the watch. It can also be Huawei Wear, Mi Fit, Galaxy Wearable — for the respective brands.
Step 1. Install the appropriate app on your smartphone. Most often, the instructions say which one to prefer and even has a QR code for downloading. You can also find the application on GooglePlay by entering the model of your phone or smart device.
Step 2. Turn on the watch, open the application on your smartphone. Turn on Bluetooth on both devices. Move the watch closer to the phone.
Step 3 In the application, select the item “Add a new device” or “Settings”, specify the model of the gadget you are looking for and wait for it to be detected.
Step 4 Enter your PIN if the app asks for it. The treasured numbers can be found in the instructions for the device. Click: Connect.
Step 5 The app will display “Connected”. Then you can set up the gadget through your phone.
How to connect a children’s watch to the phone
Now smartwatches are worn not only by adults, but also by children. With their help, parents can monitor in real time where their child is now and even send him voice messages. There are a lot of models of such devices, but the general principle of setting is the same. As a rule, “fool protection” is built into them to prevent the child from knocking down the parameters from the watch itself. That is why their connection and configuration is a little more complicated than in the case of “adult” counterparts. We figure out how to connect a children’s watch to a smartphone.
Step 1. Insert the battery, a working SIM card (must be without a password and Internet access) and fully charge the watch. Turn them on.
Step 2 Download a special application to your phone (if you don’t want the child to be able to set up the device himself). A link to it is indicated on the watch box or on the gadget screen. Register in it — you will need to enter the identification number of the watch.
Step 3 Make sure that there is an icon on the watch screen that signals the correct operation of the Internet — as a rule, these are several green sticks. If they are crossed out or red, check again if the SIM card inside the watch can work with the Internet.
Step 4 Find a special QR code in the watch to connect the device to the application on your smartphone. Usually it is left in the most visible place — scroll through a few screens and you will definitely find it. Scan it in the app on your smartphone to pair your watch and phone. Step 5 Finish setting the clock from your smartphone. You will need to indicate the child’s data, several SOS numbers (they will receive a signal if the child gets into trouble or the clock turns off abruptly) and fill in the rest of the items. Everything here is very intuitive.
Notifications not showing on watch display
Notifications in smartwatches are one of the most important features, and their absence negates all the usefulness of the device. We understand why notifications may not appear on the watch display. Let’s divide them into several general steps — from simple to the most radical. Follow them if the clock is not working properly.
Step 1. Let’s start with the simplest, be sure to check if alerts are enabled on the smartphone that is connected to the watch.
Step 2 Check if notifications are allowed on the watch itself. Some models have a “Theatre” or “Do Not Disturb” mode. It must be turned off.
Step 3 Be sure to check that your smartphone has a good internet connection. Try to visit any site. If it loads slowly, then the problem is network access.
Step 4 If this does not help, go ahead — make sure that the clock is synchronized with the phone (try to perform the procedure again). Step 5 Completely reset the clock in the options menu Yes, this will destroy the data, but you can enter all the parameters you need from scratch. If notifications do not come even after this, then you will need to contact the service center.
Can’t set up Apple Watch or displays an error message
In general, Apple devices are famous for the fact that even a child can set them up correctly. However, each case has its own exceptions — we explain step by step what to do if you can’t set up your Apple Watch or an error message is displayed.
Step 1. Make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone are charged and ready to go. Apple Watch cannot be connected to a smartphone older than the iPhone 6S. Your phone must also have Bluetooth turned on and the latest version of iOS installed. Step 2 Try restarting your smartphone and smartwatch.
The application does not see the connected smartwatch
Most likely, such a problem occurs due to the fact that the connection between the watch and the phone has disappeared. How can this be fixed.
Make sure your phone and watch can “see” each other. To do this, turn on Bluetooth on your smartphone and try to find the name of the watch in the list of devices nearby. If this does not happen, in the watch settings, make them visible for detection.
If you are trying to connect a watch that works with a SIM card, check that the device can transfer data over the Internet. There must be enough funds on the subscriber’s account, the tariff itself must include work with the Internet.