How to Connect a Galaxy Watch to an iPhone

What Works and What Doesn’t Work When Using a Samsung Watch with an iPhone

What there is to know

  • Download the Samsung Galaxy Watch (Gear S) app from the App Store.
  • Turn on the watch and open the Galaxy Watch app: tap OKAY > START THE JOURNEY > Galaxy watchand wait for it to pair.
  • If the watch does not connect, make sure it is compatible with the iPhone. Some Samsung watches, such as the Galaxy Watch 4, do not work with iPhone.

This article explains how to connect a Galaxy Watch to an iPhone.

Can I pair a Samsung watch with an iPhone?

You can pair most Samsung watches with an iPhone by downloading the Samsung Galaxy Watch (Gear S) app from the iOS App Store.

Some Samsung watches, like the Galaxy Watch 4, only work with Android phones, and some features are only available if you’re using an Android phone. Samsung watches work best with Samsung Galaxy phones, but basic functionality is available with iPhones.

Here’s how to pair a Samsung watch with an iPhone:

Search for “Samsung Galaxy Watch (Gear S)” in the App Store, then tap TO HAVE.

Open the Samsung Galaxy Watch (Gear S) app on your iPhone.

Faucet OKAY when prompted to allow the use of Bluetooth.

Faucet START THE JOURNEY.

Tap on the Galaxy Watch that matches yours i.e. Galaxy Watch 3.

Wait for the watch to be paired.

If your Galaxy Watch has LTE service, follow the on-screen prompts to set it up at this time.

START THE JOURNEY highlighted in iPhone Galaxy Watch app, Galaxy Watch 3 highlighted in watch selection, and A Galaxy Watch paired to iPhone.

Your Samsung Watch is now ready to use with your iPhone.

Why won’t my Galaxy Watch connect to my iPhone?

The Galaxy Wearables iOS app does not support the Galaxy Watch 4, so you cannot connect a Galaxy Watch 4 to your iPhone. The app will recognize your watch and attempt to connect, but it will fail and you will see an error message.

If you are having trouble connecting another Galaxy Watch to your iPhone, make sure you have enabled Bluetooth on the iPhone. If so, try restarting the phone and your watch. If you have a lot of other Bluetooth devices nearby, try turning them off or moving them away to reduce the risk of connectivity issues.

The Galaxy Watch 4 can be paired with an iPhone, but it is not compatible with the Galaxy Wearable app.

What can you do with a Galaxy Watch on an iPhone?

Although you can use your Samsung Watch with an iPhone, some features are not available. If your watch has a built-in camera, you won’t be able to enjoy it through the iPhone. You also cannot send text messages through your iPhone using a Samsung watch, although you can receive text message notifications on the watch. Email notifications are also available, but you cannot send new emails or reply to emails through the watch.

Samsung Bixby Assistant works when your watch is connected to an iPhone, but you cannot use Siri through the watch. If you try, you’ll get a prompt to continue the action on your iPhone.

Some of the Samsung Watch features that work as expected when used with an iPhone include:

  • Phone calls: You can receive and make calls using the watch.
  • Notice: You will receive alerts from iPhone apps and third-party apps.
  • heart rate monitor: If your watch has a heart rate monitor, it will work with your iPhone like it works on Samsung and other Android phones. The effort calculator, based on the heart rate monitor, also works.
  • Fitness and sleep tracking: Using the Samsung Health app on your iPhone, you can track fitness and sleep data from your watch. You can also track workouts using multiple presets.
  • Music and Media Playback: Your watch’s music manager lets you control music and other media playback on your iPhone.

FAQs

  • How to connect a Samsung Galaxy Watch to a new phone?

    To connect a Samsung Galaxy Watch to a new phone, swipe up on the main watch face and tap Settings > General > Connect to new phone > Back up data (optional) > Continue, and the watch will reset. Launch the Galaxy Wearable (Android) or Galaxy Watch (iOS) app, tap To start up (or Start the journey on iOS), tap Pairand follow the prompts.

  • How to reset a Galaxy Watch?

    To reset a Samsung Galaxy Watch, press the Able/Residence and Back keys until you see Restart on the watch screen. press the Residence key to bring up the restart mode menu and select Recovery. Press and hold the Able/Residence key to begin the recovery process. (If you have a Galaxy Watch 4, you will also need to select Erase data/return to factory settings.)

  • How to turn on a Samsung Galaxy Watch?

    To turn on a Samsung Galaxy Watch, long press the Able/Residence key. If the device does not turn on, check the charging dock, try charging the device, or contact the Samsung support center.


More information about How to Connect a Galaxy Watch to an iPhone

What works and what doesn’t when using a Samsung watch with an iPhone

What to Know
Download the Samsung Galaxy Watch (Gear S) app from the App store. 
Turn on the watch and open the Galaxy Watch app: Tap OK > START THE JOURNEY > Galaxy Watch, and wait for it to pair.
If the watch doesn’t connect, make sure it’s compatible with iPhone. Some Samsung watches, like Galaxy Watch 4, don’t work with iPhone.

This article explains how to connect a Galaxy Watch to an iPhone.

Can I Pair a Samsung Watch With an iPhone?

You can pair most Samsung watches with an iPhone by downloading the Samsung Galaxy Watch (Gear S) app from the iOS App Store.

Some Samsung watches, like Galaxy Watch 4, only work with Android phones, and some functionality isn’t available unless you use an Android phone. Samsung watches work best with Samsung Galaxy phones, but the basic functionality is available with iPhones.

Here’s how to pair a Samsung watch with an iPhone:

Search for “Samsung Galaxy Watch (Gear S)” in the App Store, and tap GET.

Open the Samsung Galaxy Watch (Gear S) app on your iPhone.

Tap OK when prompted to allow Bluetooth use.

Tap START THE JOURNEY.

Tap the Galaxy Watch that matches yours, i.e. Galaxy Watch 3.

Wait for the watch to pair.

If your Galaxy Watch has LTE service, follow the on-screen prompts to set that up at this time.

Your Samsung watch is now ready to use with your iPhone.

Why Won’t My Galaxy Watch Connect to My iPhone?

The iOS Galaxy Wearables app doesn’t support Galaxy Watch 4, so you can’t connect a Galaxy Watch 4 to your iPhone. The app will recognize your watch and attempt to connect, but it will fail, and you will see an error message.

If you’re having trouble connecting any other Galaxy Watch to your iPhone, make sure you’ve turned on Bluetooth on the iPhone. If it is, then try restarting both the phone and your watch. If you have a lot of other Bluetooth devices nearby, try switching those devices off or moving them away to reduce the likelihood of connectivity problems.

Galaxy Watch 4 can pair with an iPhone, but it isn’t compatible with the Galaxy Wearable app.
What Can You Do With a Galaxy Watch on an iPhone?

While you can use your Samsung watch with an iPhone, some features aren’t available. If your watch has a built-in camera, you won’t be able to take advantage of it through the iPhone. You also can’t send text messages through your iPhone using a Samsung watch, although you can receive text message notifications on the watch. Email notifications are also available, but you can’t send new emails or reply to emails through the watch.

The Samsung Bixby assistant works when your watch is connected to an iPhone, but you can’t use Siri through the watch. If you try, you’ll receive a prompt to continue the action on your iPhone.

Some of the Samsung Watch features that do work as expected when used with an iPhone include:

Phone calls: You can receive and place calls using the watch.
Notifications: You’ll receive alerts from iPhone apps and third-party apps.
Heart rate monitor: If your watch has a heart rate monitor, it will work with your iPhone as it works on Samsung and other Android phones. The stress calculator, based on the heart rate monitor, also functions.
Fitness and sleep tracking: Using the Samsung Health app on your iPhone, you can track fitness and sleep data from your watch. You can also track workouts using several presets.
Music and media playback: The music manager on your watch allows you to control music and other media playback on your iPhone.
FAQ

How do I connect a Samsung Galaxy Watch to a new phone?
To connect a Samsung Galaxy Watch to a new phone, swipe up on the main watch face and tap Settings > General > Connect to New Phone > Back up Data (optional) > Continue, and the Watch will reset. Launch the Galaxy Wearable (Android) or Galaxy Watch (iOS) app, tap Start (or Start the Journey on iOS), tap Pair, and follow the prompts.

How do I reset a Galaxy Watch?
To reset a Samsung Galaxy Watch, press the Power/Home and Back keys until you see Rebooting on the Watch screen. Press the Home key to bring up the Reboot Mode menu and select Recovery. Press and hold the Power/Home key to begin the recovery process. (If you have a Galaxy Watch 4, you’ll also need to select Wipe data/factory reset.)

How do I turn on a Samsung Galaxy Watch?
To turn on a Samsung Galaxy Watch, press and hold the Power/Home key. If the device doesn’t turn on, check the charging dock, try charging the device, or contact the Samsung Support Center.

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