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Is the Apple Watch worth it even without an iPhone?

The Apple Watch and the iPhone simply belong together – or do they? atechbook explains whether buying the smartwatch is also worthwhile for users who own an Android smartphone instead of an iPhone.

The Apple Watch is one of the most popular smartwatches on the market. Hardly any other smart watch is bought as often as the one from the iPhone manufacturer. With it, Apple has created the ideal companion for athletes and business people. Because the Apple Watch not only offers classic functions such as telephony via the watch and checking appointments and messages, it also has numerous sensors and functions that help with training and health monitoring. This arouses the interest not only of iPhone users, but also of owners of Android devices. But is that even possible – running an Apple Watch together with an Android smartphone? atechbook explains whether buying Apple’s flagship watch is worth it even without a matching Apple smartphone.

Can the Apple Watch be used with Android?

There is a large selection of different smartwatches for Android smartphones. However, if it is to be the Apple Watch, the question arises whether you can pair the Apple Watch with an Android phone at all and thus receive notifications on the wrist. The short answer is: no! It already fails when setting up the Apple Watch via an Android smartphone. This is because users without an iPhone cannot access the Apple Watch app that is necessary for pairing.

Moreover, both devices have Bluetooth and should therefore be able to communicate with each other. However, the Apple Watch was programmed by Apple to only communicate with iPhones and not with Android. Even rudimentary functions like notifications or calls are not possible without the iPhone and the Apple Watch app – not even when users choose the more independent version with eSIM.

If resourceful users do manage to establish a connection between the Apple Watch and an Android device via detours, many apps will not work properly on the watch. The advantages that the Apple Watch has over other smartwatches and fitness watches are thus null and void.

Apple Watch completely without smartphone?

WLAN, GPS, Bluetooth – there is almost a complete smartphone in an Apple Watch. Athletes can leave their iPhone at home and use only the Apple Watch for the duration of the workout. Do you still need a paired cell phone with the Apple Watch, or is it possible to do it completely without one?

Although the Apple Watch is more autonomous from the iPhone than ever before, it is not possible to go completely without a cell phone. The watch relies largely on the iPhone for notifications and outsourcing data and computing processes.

If the iPhone is turned off or users don’t have it with them, the Apple Watch can still record exercise performance while exercising, play music previously synced via the iPhone, and take over functions of a classic watch – like stopping the time or setting a timer.

How does a smartwatch measure movement and body functions? Find out more in the video:

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Which Apple Watch supports eSIM?

Since the Apple Watch Series 3, the smartwatch has also been available as an eSIM version. It is even more independent than the pure Wi-Fi models. The watch independently transmits via UMTS or LTE via the electronic SIM card. This allows Apple Watch owners to use mobile Internet and telephony even when there is no connection between the smartwatch and the iPhone. However, the same applies to these models: If users want to use the watch’s full range of functions, a connection to the iPhone is indispensable. The built-in cellular module is only intended to bridge short periods without the iPhone. If the watch was constantly sent online via the built-in wireless module, the battery would be empty after just a few hours.

And the Apple Watch remains closely interwoven with iPhone apps like “Health” and passes on health data to these apps. So even though you might initially think that a built-in eSIM means independence from the iPhone, it actually just allows the wearer to leave the iPhone behind for short periods of time and still be able to use features like Apple Music – while exercising, for example.


No, an Apple Watch without an iPhone is out of the question. So, if you are thinking about buying one and do not have an iPhone yet, you should rather put the Apple smartphone directly on the shopping list. Tinkerers have already managed to get an Apple Watch running with an Android smartphone. However, its range of functions is then severely limited.

Owners of an Android smartphone should therefore rather look at the compatible alternatives to the Apple Watch. Samsung, Huawei, but also Fossil, Garmin and Fitbit have quite recommendable and very different models on offer.


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