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Apple watches have become more popular over time. They are a great way to monitor your health, keep up with your fitness goals, and staying on top of notifications and texts. But what if you don't have an iPhone? Can you still use the Apple Watch?

This article will give answers to your question. Keep reading to find out.

Can you use the Apple Watch without my iPhone?

Yes, you can use an Apple watch without an iPhone. However, you need an Apple Watch cellular that works with an eSIM to connect to the internet without needing your iPhone. If your Apple Watch is not the cellular model (GPS-only model), its functions will be limited when you use it without your iPhone or any means to connect to the internet like wifi.

Why do I need my iPhone to set up my Apple Watch?

You need your iPhone to set up an Apple Watch because the Watch app on your phone has more features that allow you to administer the watch more than you can do on the watch itself.

Usually, the Apple Watch has to be paired with an iPhone on the same Apple ID. An iPad or iPod can't complete this process, so it has to be an iPhone.

Your Apple Watch will be more of a normal smartwatch without an iPhone. Apple Watch, in essence, complements the iPhone. This method has made Apple sell both devices simultaneously and increase its market share.

What is the red and green dot on the Apple Watch?
These indicators on your Apple Watch make it much easier to tell if there’s an unread notification on your iPhone, especially when you are not close to your phone.

Which features can I use on my Apple Watch without an iPhone?

After using an iPhone to set up your Apple Watch (GPS-only model), you can use it as a stand-alone device. However, using it without the iPhone means you cannot access some features. Here are the features you can access on your Apple Watch (GPS-only) without an iPhone:

Track your Activity or workouts

You most likely won't take your phone with you when going for a run or walk. Your Apple Watch can help track that Activity or workouts even if you decide to leave your iPhone behind.

You can track movement throughout the day through the activity app on your Apple Watch. This app also encourages you to meet your daily physical goal once it is set.

The Activity app will track everything you do, from how often and how long you stand, how often you move, the pace you move in, how long you exercise every day, and lots more. You can also set a daily workout routine, and your Apple Watch will serve as your virtual workout instructor.

Record and play voice memos

If you love to record every event around you daily, you will find this feature fascinating. With your Apple Watch, you can record voice memos. To do this,

  • Unlock your Apple watch, and go to the Voice Memo app.
  • Click on the big red dot shown at the center of your watch face to start recording.
  • Once you are done recording, next click on the red box surrounded by a black circle to end the recording.

If you want to listen to the memo you recorded:

  • Go to the Voice Memos app on your Apple Watch.
  • Select any recording on your watch screen and click on the play icon to listen to it.
  • You can edit the name of the recording for easier recognition by clicking on the more icon and tapping on the edit name. Click on Delete in that same section to delete the recording.

An amazing thing when you use your Apple Watch to record memos is that it automatically saves to any of your IOS devices that are signed in with the same Apple ID.

Clock, Alarm, Timer, and Stopwatch

Your Apple watch can also serve as a traditional watch where the time is displayed on the watch's face. If you click on time, it will take you to a menu where you can access other time features like Alarm, Timer, and Stopwatch.

Check your Health data

The Apple Watch is configured with different features that can be used as your health watchdog. From the Health app, you can check your heart rate and blood pressure, track your sleep, measure your blood oxygen level, relax and breathe well, track your menstrual cycle, and lots more. The Apple Watch can help you monitor several health indicators if you are too busy to see a doctor.

Note: Ensure you don't rely on only the Health features on your Apple watch. Visit your doctor from time to time to check up on your health.

Which Apple Watch models have an EKG?
The Apple Watch Series 4 and later models have the EKG (or ECG) app and an electrical heart rate sensor that allows you to take an EKG reading. In essence, you won’t get access to the EKG if you use earlier models of the Apple Watch before Apple Watch Series 4.

Frequently Asked Questions on using the Apple Watch without an iPhone

Q. Can you use an Apple Watch with an Android phone?

A. No, you can't use an Apple watch with an Android phone. You need to use the Watch app to set it up, and this app is not accessible to Android users, so it won't be possible.

Q. Should I buy an Apple Watch?

A. Apple Watch is one of the best and most popular smartwatches in the market with loads of features, so buying it is a nice idea. However, you shouldn't purchase the Apple watch if you don't have an iPhone. This is because you need an iPhone to set up the watch. If not, the Apple watch will be more of an expensive bracelet you put on your wrist.

Q. Can I connect my Apple Watch to wifi without an iPhone?

A. Yes, you can connect an Apple Watch to a wifi network without an iPhone. Go to the wifi settings, click on the network you wish to connect to, and input the password.

Q. Can I set up an Apple Watch without an iPhone?

A. No, you can't set up an Apple Watch without an iPhone. Apple designed the Apple Watch to be set up by an iPhone through the Watch App, which is only available on iPhones.

Wrap Up

Overall, you can use an Apple watch without an iPhone, but there will be some limitations. If you don't mind not having access to certain features and apps, then using an Apple watch without an iPhone is perfectly fine.

If you have questions regarding this article, kindly leave them in the comment section below. Thanks for reading.

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