When you first acquire an Apple Watch, the initial step is to pair it with an iPhone. However, you may have questions about what your Apple Watch can or cannot do when you’re separated from your iPhone. Today, we’ll explore the capabilities of the Apple Watch in such scenarios.
For users who haven’t opted for the cellular version of the Apple Watch, which allows you to insert a SIM card, it’s natural to wonder about the watch’s functionality when the iPhone is not present. We’ve compiled a list of ten things your Apple Watch can accomplish without the need for an iPhone, even if your Apple Watch lacks a SIM card.
Your Apple Watch can continue to track various health metrics, depending on the model you own. These may include heart rate monitoring with notifications for high or low heart rates, the ability to perform an electrocardiogram, blood oxygen measurement, body temperature monitoring, sleep tracking, recording menstrual periods, and medication intake records.
Music, Podcasts, and Audiobooks
You can still enjoy your favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks on your Apple Watch, even without your iPhone nearby. Simply visit the respective applications, such as Apple Music or Spotify for music, Apple Podcasts for podcasts, and Scribl or Audible for audiobooks. Download the content you want to listen to, and it will be accessible on your Apple Watch, even without an internet connection.
Your Apple Watch can track your workouts, even when your iPhone is out of reach. It will record all your exercise data, and when your iPhone is nearby again with an internet connection, the data will synchronize between the Apple Watch and iPhone in the Fitness or Activity app.
Once you’ve set up Apple Pay on your Apple Watch, you can make payments without your iPhone. Simply double-press the side button on your Apple Watch to activate the payment function, and you can make contactless payments effortlessly, even when your iPhone is not with you. This feature can be a lifesaver when you’ve left your phone and physical cards behind.
These features ensure that your Apple Watch remains a valuable companion, even when you’re on the go without your iPhone. Whether you’re focused on health, entertainment, fitness, or convenience, your Apple Watch has you covered.