AirPods and Apple Watch

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by CoriG, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. CoriG macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    Can anyone please explain how the the Apple Watch works with the AirPods? How can I use the watch to control the AirPods? I just got the watch and want to figure out the best way to use its with my AirPods.

  2. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    I put music on my watch and listen with the AirPods, phone free...
  3. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    I have tried syncing a few playlists onto my watch... but I keep getting a sync pending message and it does not work.
  4. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    It has to be on the charger for the music sync to happen...
  5. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    They were made for eachother. I posted in another thread that I feel like a "bionic man" with both of them on... it's entirely effortless to listen to music, see and reply to texts, take phone calls, etc.

    When you are listening to music on your iPhone through your AirPods bring up the "Now Playing" app on your Watch (should be in the Dock on your Watch... if it's not, you can add it from the Apple Watch App on your phone). That will let you control the music and use the digital crown to control the volume of your AirPods.

    If you receive a call while your AirPods are in your ears and connected to your phone the Watch will show a little green "AirPod" icon instead of the normal "answer call" button. Pressing it will answer the call on your AirPods.

    If you have Apple Music you can load one playlist worth of music directly on the Watch. I won't go through how to do that here... there are millions of tutorials online. However: as previously mentioned, the Watch does need to be docked to sync the music... AND be prepared to wait. It takes a REALLY long time. I recommend doing it before going to bed.

    Once you have music on your Watch you can listen to it without your phone around. Swipe up on your Watch face to bring up the Control Panel... scroll to the bottom to find the "Airplay" button (looks like a wifi symbol with a triangle in it). Touch it and it will show you where the Watch can send music... your AirPods should be listed. Select them.

    Then go to the Music app on your Watch. Scroll UP to see the "music source" selection. Make sure your Watch is selected... now you should be able to play music from the playlist you synced.
  6. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    Thank you. But I have had my watch on the charger for the past hour and it still says sync pending
    --- Post Merged, Dec 24, 2016 ---
    Thank you!
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Also, the Airpods battery life are displayed independently on the Watch as well for reference.
  8. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    simply love this combo

    it's why the lack of volume controls doesn't bother me at all.
  9. rockyromero macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2015
    I'll be doing this.

    I understand the limit on songs is about 250.

    Good enough for what I want.

  10. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Good point! I forgot that one.

    Swipe up in the Watch face to get to the control panel. Touch the "battery remaining" button.

    Along with showing the battery left on your Watch it will also show the battery left in each of your AirPods.
  11. Rorosbutt macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    You can change limit from "songs" to "storage." Songs maxes out at 250 songs but storage maxed out at 2GB.

    iPhone > watch app > music
  12. CharlesShaw macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2015
    If AirPods are the only BT speaker paired with your Apple Watch, it automatically plays to them (takes a couple seconds) when you select Apple Watch as the music source and click Play, regardless of which other device might have been connected to them (Mac, Apple TV, etc).

    This is so much better than my other BT headphones.
  13. Sandy Santra macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    Can anyone knowledgeable about this stuff explain why my AppleWatch hardly ever shows the AirPods' battery level? I am getting sick of having to reboot my Apple Watch just to get this to work.
  14. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    Yup this is what it looks like on my watch with the AirPods

  15. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
    I wouldn't have the AirPods without the Apple Watch to control them. Siri? No way.
  16. igrover, Dec 25, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2016

    igrover macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2007
    So I just tried this with the AirPods and my Apple Watch -

    1. Placed iPhone in airplane mode.
    2. Started playing a music playlist from the Apple Watch through the AirPods: Success :)
    3. While the music is playing hold the watch up to my watch and say "Siri lower the volume".
    4. Watch the words from the Siri request appear on the screen.
    5. After a few seconds the music volume does indeed lower.
    6. Notice the screen has not returned to the music player and the Siri graphic is visible along the bottom horizontal portion of the screen.
    7. Screen is now locked with the Siri graphic visible on the bottom horizon.
    8. I am able to double press the crown to return to the music player.
    9. Notice that when I do return to the music player the volume returns to its previous higher level.

    So it is possible to issue Siri commands on the Apple Watch when it is not connected to the iPhone. However the watch still has some issues transitioning between apps when using Siri. Although I randomly have this problem with the watch where I can sometimes use Siri for one command and then it does not work when I try a second command shortly afterwards.


    OR - just realized that I did this test inside my home and maybe the watch was connected to my WiFI network even though it was not connected to the iPhone and this is what allowed Siri to work. :(
  17. CharlesShaw macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2015
    I've noticed it too, but I don't think it's worth rebooting the Watch for. However, they did come back whenever I'm using the Watch as the music source. Too soon to know if that's going to continue.
  18. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    How do you find that?
  19. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
  20. PilotWoo macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006

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