How to Fix Apple Watch Bluetooth Not Working

Bluetooth is a crucial feature of the Apple Watch, as it allows you to connect the device to your iPhone and access all its features.

However, there may be instances when the Apple Watch Bluetooth connectivity fails, causing issues with syncing data and accessing applications.

In this post, we’ll go over some simple steps to fix Bluetooth problems on your Apple Watch.

Fix #1: Basic Troubleshooting

The first step in fixing Bluetooth connectivity issues on your Apple Watch is to try some basic troubleshooting tips.

This includes:

  • Unpairing and re-pairing your Apple Watch.
  • Resetting the Bluetooth connection by turning it off and on from the Settings app.
  • Update your Apple Watch to the latest watchOS version.

If those steps don’t work, there are other solutions you can try below.

Fix #2: Reset Apple Watch Settings

If your Apple Watch Bluetooth is not working, you can try to reset the device.

This process can be done by going to the Settings app, selecting General, and then selecting Reset.

From there, tap “Erase All Content and Settings.”

Note: You should back up your device before resetting.

Fix #3: Enable Airplane Mode

Resetting the Apple Watch can be a hassle, especially for beginners. If you don’t want to do that, then use the Airplane mode method.

We won’t be using Airplane mode for long. This solution aims to re-establish the Bluetooth connection between your Apple Watch and iPhone.

Start by turning on Airplane mode on your Apple Watch:

  1. Swipe up from your Apple Watch screen.
  2. Swipe right until you see Control Center.
  3. Tap on the Airplane mode icon to turn it on.
  4. Let the watch sit for a few minutes, then tap on Airplane mode again to turn it off.

Fix #4: Restart your Apple Watch

Lastly, you can try restarting your Apple Watch.

To do this, press and hold the side button until you see the “Power Off” slider. Tap and drag it to the right, and once the screen is black, press and hold the side button until you see an Apple logo.

Overall, these are simple solutions that can help fix Bluetooth connectivity issues on your Apple Watch. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

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  1. I had a problem with iPhone and watch in my BMW on at the same time won’t work! And messes it up was wondering if the new series fixed that

  2. I was in Target today and noticed that my AW was not getting Phone or Text notifications, but my iPhone was. Any idea why this could have happened? My husband said that sometimes the Bluetooth connection might be weak if the wireless of the store is not strong. Any one experience something like this?

  3. Does your watch drain your phone battery when connected to Bluetooth? And do you need to connect it to Bluetooth all day?

  4. Anyone else have problem of when enter their car watch disconnect from phone and only way to get it to reconnect is to turn off bluetooth on phone then turn back on… I have this issue no matter if get into my Audi or NY wifes Jeep

    • Hello,
      Yes I have been having this problem since I got the Apple Watch, which has now been two days.
      I called Apple Support and he guided me through one step and was suppose to call back and never did, so I am still having the problem.

  5. I want to get the Apple Watch series 2 but want to use it for swimming with some Bluetooth headphones. Without spending a tiny fortune can anyone recommend any?

  6. my watch never seems to be connected to wifi..followed the steps I googled and when I turned OFF bluetooth it connected wifi but since i never turn it off wifi it seems like a useless feature to me when I’m home ..does anyone use the wifi and is it only when bluetooth is off

    • The WiFi feature works when the watch and phone are separated. In normal use you have both with you so you are within Bluetooth range and that is the preferred connection method. However, say you leave your phone downstairs and go upstairs out of Bluetooth range and get a call. The watch will use the WiFi to connect to the phone and you can take the call as normal on your watch.

  7. I am not able to connect my I Watch 3 with 6s it’s showing couldn’t maintain wireless connection and it start unpairing the Watch after tht if I try again it shows make sure ur your I phone is connected to wifi or mobile data and ur Bluetooth is on

    Please help me out

  8. I have a series 3 I am trying to connect a micro bluetooth speaker but when I tap bluetooth, it states that it is searching for device and never stops searching. iWatch connect to iphone 6 just fine. Speaker connects to iphone 6 just fine. But iwatch cannot connect to speaker. I have turned on and off Aiprplane mode. I have powered off and on the iWatch. Any other suggestions to get iWatch to connect to bluetooth device?

  9. Am having the same problem with my Apple watch and iPhone 8+. Bluetooth keeps searching. Took it over to the “Genius Bar” today at Apple and they could not find the problem. Was there 1.5 hours. They wanted to send it back somewhere for overhaul, but I know that if it cannot be fixed at the store by Apple staff, it’s probably can’t be fixed. I’ll just do without the activity app sending data to my iPhone. I can input the data manually to my computer.


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