Connect your Apple Watch to Wi-Fi

When your iPhone isn't nearby, your Apple Watch can connect to Wi-Fi. To choose which Wi-Fi network your Apple Watch connects to, you need watchOS 5 or later.

Wi-Fi settings screen

Choose a Wi-Fi network

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi. Your device automatically searches for networks.
  3. Tap the name of the network that you want to join. If you have Apple Watch Series 6, you can connect to 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks. Apple Watch Series 5 and earlier and Apple Watch SE, can only connect to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks.
  4. If asked, enter the password using Scribble or the Apple Watch keyboard.
  5. Tap Join.

You can use Scribble in these languages: English (Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States), French (France and Canada), German, and Italian.

Option to Forget This Network on Apple Watch

Forget a Wi-Fi network

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi, then tap the name of the network you’re connected to.
  3. Tap Forget This Network.

Find compatible Wi-Fi networks

Your Apple Watch can connect to a Wi-Fi network: 

  • If your iPhone, while connected to your watch with Bluetooth, has connected to the network before.
  • If the Wi-Fi network is 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz (or 5 GHz if you have Apple Watch Series 6).

Your Apple Watch won't connect to public networks that require logins, subscriptions or profiles. These networks, called captive networks, can include free and paid networks in places such as businesses, schools, student accommodation, flats, hotels and shops. When your Apple Watch connects to a compatible Wi-Fi network instead of your iPhone connection, the Wi-Fi icon the Wi-Fi icon will appear in the Control Centre.

Adjust auto hotspot settings

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll down and tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Scroll to Auto Hotspot Settings, then tap/choose an option.

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