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Can you use an Apple Watch with an Android smartphone?

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Despite its late arrival to the smartwatch market, the Apple Watch is currently the best-selling smartwatch in the world. What’s even better is that Apple could even become the top watch manufacturer in the world according to Tim Cook, CEO of the company. It’s not unusual for many Android users to be interested in this product. But can you use an Apple Watch with an Android smartphone? The answer is in our article.

Does the Apple Watch work with an Android smartphone?

In theory, no. Apple didn’t plan for any official compatibility between their smartwatch and an Android smartphone. To use the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + 4G), you need an iPhone 6 or a more recent model with the latest version of iOS. To use the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) or the older models of the Apple Watch, you need an iPhone 5s or a more recent model, with the latest version of iOS.

Apple didn’t plan for any official compatibility between their smartwatch and an Android smartphone

Why isn’t this possible?

No official Watch application is available on the Google Play Store for Android users. It’s not possible to synchronize your Android phone with the Apple Watch. To reinforce the incompatibility, Apple encrypts information shared between the iPhone and the Apple Watch, which can be achieved through a simple Bluetooth connection.

Why doesn’t the latest Apple Watch Series 3 with 4G LTE work with an Android smartphone?

Unfortunately, the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3 with a GSM modem/4G LTE still hasn’t resolved the compatibility issue between the Apple smartwatch and Android phones. Apple doesn’t offer a nano-SIM slot on the new smartwatch. It’s up to the operators to offer services allowing the watch’s integrated SIM to link to your smartphone.

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So, of course, there’s a possibility that you could sync your Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular with an Android smartphone but this solution is reserved for tinkerers. Be aware that you must have an iPhone (or that someone you know must have one) to insert your SIM card to set up the Apple Watch and then connect it to your Android smartphone. The compatibility isn’t perfect and seriously harms the battery of the connected watch. If you’re determined, you can follow the tutorial by iMore.

Will there always be incompatibility between the Apple Watch and Android smartphones?

The race of the connected watches is in full swing. While Apple is in the lead, it won’t be long until the Cupertino firm faces competition from Samsung, Garmin, Fitbit or even Fossil. One of the reasons for this is, in fact, the inability to correctly use an Android smartphone with an Apple Watch. Apple would have everything to gain by offering compatibility with Android in order to gain more users. However, nothing is to be won when the brand is only focused on encouraging more users to buy an iPhone and an Apple Watch.

What are the alternatives?

Finally, if you’re really interested in buying a smartwatch, know that there are other smartwatches available from brands other than Apple. There is a vast range available nowadays. I advise you to take a look at our list of the best Android smartwatches.

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Pierre Vitré

Pierre Vitré
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Pierre has a strong passion for new technologies and mobile since its first StarTac. Android user since 2011, Pierre became totally hooked. He never leaves his smartphone and smartwatch and still believes in the success of Google Glass. That's why he joined to be the head of content.

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  • 1
    Google User May 27, 2018 Link to comment

    One important consideration for women is the size of the watch face. The 38mm Apple watch is perfect for petite wrists. As an Android user, there are not many options that are not ridiculously huge in my wrist

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    Rodrigo Carvalho Jan 2, 2018 Link to comment

    Xiaomi is a world best seller smartwatch, Amazfit pace and Bip sales 50 million units.

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    ljhaye Oct 14, 2017 Link to comment

    I'd prefer Google made a pixel watch that echoed the best design and features of the Apple watch. Without Samsung Android wear is dead in the water unless Google can foster a true hardware vision. The new watches from garmin , fitbit, samsung and apple all run independent OS's but are technologically superior to the watches from Fossil (duh). Google will become irrelevant in this space in the next 8-12 months if it doesn't create a direct competitor these 4 smartwatch OS's.

  • Mark G. 28
    Mark G. Oct 14, 2017 Link to comment

    This continued advertising of Apple products (which I presume you are being paid considerably more for) is becoming very annoying.

    We don't care that Apple products can or cannot do anything, if I wanted to become a 🐑 I would go to Apple sites.

    This is ANDROIDpit - I can excuse limited news on Apple but really getting put off using Androidpit.

    Peace 🖖

    • Brittany McGhee 21
      Brittany McGhee Oct 16, 2017 Link to comment

      This isn't an advertisement and we're not being paid to write it. If you're seeing more Apple coverage than usual, it's because of the recent major product announcements. I hope you'll stick with us.

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    Al38 Oct 14, 2017 Link to comment

    I've had the original Huawei smart watch for almost two years now, and wear it every day. It looks great, just like a proper 'fashion' watch, and many people have commented how much they like it, without realising that it is 'smart', and are amazed when I demonstrate what it can do. In comparison the Apple watch, imho, looks almost like a child's watch, in spite of its impressive features. The Huawei version 2 has most of the Apple features, but I prefer the classic look of the original.

    • Brittany McGhee 21
      Brittany McGhee Oct 16, 2017 Link to comment

      I also prefer a more classic watch style, and I think the Huawei Watches are the best looking on the market.

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    itprolonden Oct 13, 2017 Link to comment

    Apple is scared. It doesn't want its fans to try something different

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