Listen to music and podcasts on your Apple Watch

Stream Apple Music or Apple Podcasts. Or sync content to your watch.

You need bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to music or other audio on your Apple Watch. Learn how to pair bluetooth devices with your watch.

If you're connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data on your Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you can stream Apple Music and Apple Podcasts even when you're away from your iPhone. You can also sync music and podcasts from your iPhone to your watch. Then you can play the content on your watch without your iPhone being nearby, even if your watch isn't connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.

Find out more about how your watch uses Wi-Fi and mobile data.

Listen to Apple Music

If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can play any song in the Apple Music catalogue. If you're not an Apple Music subscriber, you can play your songs, albums and playlists. Find out more about how to use the Music app.

To stream music, open the Music app and tap the music that you want. Or if you want to listen to radio, open the Radio app.

How to sync music to your Apple Watch

  1. Set your Apple Watch on its charger. Make sure that it's charging and that your iPhone is within range of your watch.
  2. On your iPhone, open the Settings app, then tap Bluetooth. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap the My Watch tab.
  4. Scroll to Music and tap it. 
  5. Tap Add Music, then find the song or album that you want to sync.
  6. Tap the Add button  next to the music that you want to sync. If you can't add specific albums or playlists, try downloading them to your iPhone before you sync with your watch.

 

The Apple Watch app on iPhone shows playlists and albums that you can add.

How to remove music from your Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Scroll to Music and tap it, then tap Edit in the top right-hand corner. If you don’t see Edit, no music is synced to your watch.
  3. Under Playlists & Albums, tap the delete button  next to any music that you want to remove, then tap Delete. You can also turn off any automatically added playlists that you don't want on your watch.

How to sync podcasts to your Apple Watch

When you charge your Apple Watch, podcasts that you're following will automatically sync to your Apple Watch. But you can also sync podcasts to your Apple Watch manually.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app, then tap Podcasts. Make sure that Sync Library is turned on. 
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Go to the My Watch tab, scroll to Podcasts, then tap it.
  3. Under Add Episodes From, tap Custom.
  4. Tap the slider for the show that you want. If you can't see the show that you want, open the Podcasts app on your iPhone, find the show, then tap the Add button .

Episodes are automatically removed from your Apple Watch after you listen to them.

Learn more about how to use the Podcasts app.

 

The Apple Watch app on iPhone shows podcast shows and stations.

Do more with music and podcasts on your Apple Watch

You can start a specific playlist every time you begin a workout. Open Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch. Tap Workout, then tap Workout Playlist.* 

*Workout playlists are available on Apple Watch Series 1 or later.

Apple Music and Apple Podcasts availability may vary by country or region. Find out what's available in your country or region.

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