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You don't have to be in the same place as your phone for you to enjoy your Airpods. But for the Apple Airpods to work through a Bluetooth connection, they must be within a certain distance of the phone.

This distance varies based on the device being used. This distance is usually about thirty feet (10 meters). So, you may need to take your phone and Airpods with you everywhere you go if you plan to move beyond this range. However, there are ways you can use your Airpods without your phone.

How to use an Airpod without a phone

One of the ways to use the Airpods without a phone is to use it with Apple Watch Cellular or Wi-Fi connection. For example, to use your Airpods while running without your iPhone, you need to use it with your favorite music app on your Apple Watch Series 3 or later.

You can also play music on older Apple Watches if you download your favorite songs from iTunes. You can stream music using your Apple Watch with Apple Music without the iPhone.

What can you do with an Apple Watch without cellular?
Your Apple Watch can perform the below-mentioned actions without a cellular connection:Listen to music,Listen to podcasts,Use Apple Pay to buy things,Track your Fitness,Measure your health,Receive notifications via Wi-Fi,Fall detection,Noise detection,Timers.

Though it is recommended that your iPhone should always be linked to your Apple Watch and Airpods. Once you connect your Airpods to your account, it helps it sync with your other Apple devices.

The following process would help you achieve this:

  • Press the digital crown and go to Settings on your Apple Watch.
  • Tap on Bluetooth after you scroll down.
  • The Airpods should be amongst the items on the list.
  • When you try to play music from your Watch, an AirPlay menu will show up with a list of all connected devices.
  • Choose Airpods from the list.
  • Go back to the Apps screen, find the Music app, and then tap on it.

If you are subscribed to Apple Music, you can access your iCloud music library as well as the entire Apple Music and podcast catalog. You can move through your library of songs and podcasts using the Digital Crown or swiping and tapping the screen.

On the other hand, if you intend to play a song or podcast that isn't in your library, you have to use Siri. On the small screen, you can't type. You can ask Siri to play any music from a specific artist, album, or genre. For example, Say, "Hey Siri, play Daft Punk's "One More Time."

Apple Watch doesn't have a radio antenna. Instead, it uses the internet to listen to the radio.

You can listen to your favorite radio stations if you tap Radio in the Music app. You can also use Siri to listen to your favorite podcasts. In all this, you must activate the cellular connection on your Apple Watch if you want to enjoy music and radio.

If you have Airpods or any other Bluetooth earbuds, you'd have to use the Spotify app on your Apple Watch to stream music or podcasts from your iPhone or another device. But in 2020, an update to Spotify's app made it possible to stream right from an Apple Watch with an active internet connection via cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

Can Airpods be used with an Apple Watch even if you don't have an iPhone?

If you plan to use your Airpods with your Apple Watch, you don't need to have your iPhone nearby. You'll need a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to listen to music, so make sure you have one. You can use the free Wi-Fi in a gym to stream music, but this probably won't work when you're running outside.

Then, you need to connect your Airpods with the Apple Watch to use it to listen to music on sources available.

An iPhone connected with Airpods

Understanding how to enjoy music on the Apple Watch with Airpods

It would help if you had an Apple Music subscription to listen to music on your Apple Watch. Thanks to Apple Watch and Apple Music, you can listen to your favorite playlists on your Airpods while running. This is one of the main reasons why you should pay for this service.

In the past few years, things have become even easier to do. Since there is a cellular version of the Apple Watch, you can run while streaming music via cellular data if you don't want to download it.

Spotify is also supported, so there are different ways to listen to your favorite music, podcasts, and more on the Apple Watch.

Spotify has a much wider range of songs and content than Apple Music, but Apple Music's lossless music library makes it stand out from Spotify.

One more thing to remember is that this isn't just about the Airpods. If my music is synced to the Apple Watch, you can play the music on any Bluetooth-enabled device. This can also work with other Bluetooth earphones or speakers.

When you run, do your Airpods fall out?

Yes, there have been reports from users that this happens. It's essential to have good wireless headphones that won't fall out and get lost when you're running. You can check out this article on how to mitigate this.

Despite what Apple says, the first three models of the Airpods are a "one size fits all." Hence, getting an accurate fitting for different people will be difficult. This is in addition to vibration and forces acting on the body when you run that causes loosely fitting accessories to fall off.

Airpods, which are light, small, and easy to carry around, can make regular morning runs much more fun. If you're training to run a marathon or want to get faster, you might want to check out the fitting of your Airpods to ensure they are adequate for the task.

Frequently Asked Questions about carrying Airpods with your phone

How far away from the case can the Airpods be?

Charged and paired Airpods can be anywhere from the case as long as the device they are connected to is within Bluetooth range (generally accepted to be about 30 feet). The Airpods only need to be in their case when they are to be charged or when they are to be paired with a new device.

How far away can you track Airpods with your phone?

Airpods can be easily tracked up to 40 feet away, but once they leave that range, they can't be easily found again. Also, the person who stole them can easily connect them to their own iPhone, which makes it harder for your device to track them. You can check out this article for a detailed explanation about Airpods tracking.

Can Only iPhones use Airpods?

Apple's Airpods were made for the iPhone, but they also work with Android phones and tablets. Though, some features of the Airpods will be restricted when you pair them with an Android device.

Can you use Airpods by themselves?

No, Airpods are not built to work as independent devices. They are designed as output devices to produce sound when paired with other devices.

Should Apple Watch be worn while sleeping?
It is safe to wear the Apple Watch to bed because it is made to be as comfortable as possible, and it measures your health and sleep parameters.

Wrap Up

In this article, we have provided information explaining why you may need to carry your phone alongside your Airpods, especially if you intend to move beyond the Bluetooth range.

If you have any questions, kindly ask them in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

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