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. Your Apple Watch can only connect to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks.
  4. If asked, enter the password with Scribble. To change a scribbled character, turn the Digital Crown to see more options like uppercase or lowercase.
  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 2.4GHz.

Your Apple Watch won't connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi or public networks that require logins, subscriptions, or profiles. These networks, called captive networks, can include free and pay networks in places like businesses, schools, dorms, apartments, hotels, and stores. When your Apple Watch connects to a compatible Wi-Fi network instead of your iPhone connection, the Wi-Fi icon the Wi-Fi icon appears in the Control Center.

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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