Apple and Android have been part of our communication ecosystem for a long time now, but the question of the compatibility required to use an Apple Watch with an Android phone is one that comes up often, especially as new operating systems and hardware is released.
Sadly, as it stands the broad answer is, no. Although some limited compatibility can be achieved using a somewhat awkward and difficult to achieve method. The fact of this situation is that straight from the initial purchase of your Apple Watch, you will need access to an iPhone in order to get the most out of it.
Why Are They Not Compatible?
Firstly and likely the biggest reason is competition. Apple and android makers have been in competition since the dawn of smartphones, if Apple were to enable cross-compatibility, then there could be millions of people that leave the Apple ecosystem, something which could overall affect the performance of its core business.
Even setting up an Apple Watch requires the use of the inbuilt Apple Watch App on the iPhone (which can’t be downloaded by Android devices). The app will allow you to set the Watch up with Apple pay, iCloud and other apps. An iPhone will also enable a mobile network signal, but only on Apple products with inbuilt LTE capability.
Once the Apple Watch is initially set up, the situation does not improve. It is not possible currently to pair an android mobile phone to an Apple Watch. Although both devices have Bluetooth capability, the Apple Watch systems are designed only to work with an iPhone.
Can I ever use Apple Watch With an Android Phone?
Though impractical in the real world, there is some limited capability available through a cumbersome workaround. You will still require access to an iPhone and the Nano sim for your mobile network.
First, with the iPhone, carry out the setup of the Apple Watch and enable it for cellular use. This is accomplished by using the dedicated app on the iPhone.
Once paired together, remove the Nano sim from the iPhone and install it on your Android phone.
In this configuration, calls to your Android phone will simultaneously ring on your Apple Watch. In some cases, it may be possible to read text messages, though all of this far from guaranteed and complicated.
If you can get past the set-up, the data the Apple Watch collects, like temperature, or fitness statistics, won’t be available on your Android phone. The Android phone and Apple Watch are sharing the same mobile phone account, but they are not paired, so data transfer is not possible.
Using Your Apple Watch without a iPhone
Alternatively, if your partner or family members have an iPhone and your Apple Watch runs WatchOS7 or higher, you can use Family Setup to enable the iWatch to be used independently. This allows your Apple Watches activity will be visible to other family members.
These solutions to the connectivity issues between Apple Watches and Android phones fall way short of the mark in providing practical solutions.
The situation may improve in the future, not so much as the two devices being pairable but more in the heading of autonomy that the Apple Watch is taking. The Apple Watch would need to be able to be configured and set up as an autonomous device, with no need for an iPhone, if this is something that becomes available from Apple, the situation may change.
So, Is Apple Watch Compatible with Android?
Although people are keen for them to work together as yet, the answer to Apple Watches being compatible with Android phones remains, no.