Anyone have 2 watches paired to 1 phone?

G.McGilli

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If you do, have you had any problems?

It seems easy enough - with 2 or more watches paired - to use the wrist detection to have the phone app auto-switch to activate the current watch on the wrist but wondering if anyone has actually tried this?
 

Nimbus134

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I use it and it works pretty good. Seems when I switch I get notifications again sometimes. Like messages.
 
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Johnboy7701

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I have three, just got a 5 after having two series 2’s for quite a few years. No issues when it switches. Sometimes a pain to update though since I’m usually always wearing one of them.
 
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Itinj24

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S5 and S4 paired to one iPhone 11 Pro Max. I’ve had constant issues with auto switching. It got so annoying that I just manually switch them.
 
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throAU

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yes. have a S2 and S4.

Just works - apart from when you need to update the watches OS. You need to turn off auto-switch and leave the "active" watch on the charger so the phone can update it.

other than that... nothing to report.

But yes, sometimes when you change watches the one you switch to will take a little while to "catch up" with email syncs, etc.
 
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Abazigal

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If you do, have you had any problems?

It seems easy enough - with 2 or more watches paired - to use the wrist detection to have the phone app auto-switch to activate the current watch on the wrist but wondering if anyone has actually tried this?
Tried it when I upgraded from my series 2 to a series 5 last year, but found that data syncing was extremely slow and reliable.

The idea was to keep my series 2 watch for runs and workouts, while using my series 5 for normal everyday wear. However, what happened is that when I put on my series 2, syncing takes a very long time and basically renders my watch unusable during this time. Or sometimes I wear my series 5 but my phone remains paired to my series 2 (or the other way around), or my health tracking data is either slow to transfer over or just didn’t sync at all.

It was just a very frustrating experience overall, and I eventually just switched off my series 2 and am using my series 5 full time.

That’s just my experience at least. Maybe it’s better with the newer and faster models?
 
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staggerlee41

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Yes I use 2. I haven't experienced any problems and have it set to auto switch. When you switch, data is sometimes slow to sync but it gets there. If you need them to connect immediately, just open the watch app.
 
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ecstaticax

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Two watches, w2 and w5. W5 for sports and daytime activities, w2 for sleep and home if w5 battery is low. Auto-change, when I wear one the other one is charging. Perfect combo.
 
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iamasmith

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Yes a S3 and a S5 but they S3 I just keep as a backup now.

I wake the S3 up from time to time and charge it and then update it but it seems to switch over quite happily.
 
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PaladinGuy

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I was having issues with this and realized it was because I had the series 5 raise to wake turned off. Raise to wake is how iOS 13 knows which watch to pair with at that time. It started working again automatically as soon as I turned raise to wake back on.
 
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TiggrToo

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Series 1 and Series 3 both paired.

The last issues I had were fixed with WatchOs 6 which now allows you to update the OS passively rather than requiring you to use your phone to update the active watch.

Any autoswitch issues are invariably fixed with a reboot of the phone, the watch or sometimes, both.

That aside, it works an absolute treat.
 
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HengenJL

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I’ve got both a Nike Series 2 and Nike Series 4 paired to my iPhone 7 Plus. Series 2 for sleep tracking and Series 4 for daytime & workouts. I have auto switch enabled, though I find that once a month I have to restart all 3 devices to keep them working correctly.
 
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sjinsjca

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I got a S5 after loving my S0 since shortly after launch. There's nothing wrong with the S0 besides a battery that has trouble making it through full days. So I'll either wear my S5 to sleep, swap it for the S0, and charge the '5 for an hour or so in the morning while I face my day, or I'll wear the S0 to bed and have my S5 fully charged on awakening. Either way, no problems. Auto-switch works great. I turn it off occasionally when I don't want it to switch, such as during updates.

I would love for Apple to allow >1 Watch to be connected to the iPhone at a time. But, the way they've implemented switching makes it not a big deal.
 
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Mike Boreham

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If you do, have you had any problems?

It seems easy enough - with 2 or more watches paired - to use the wrist detection to have the phone app auto-switch to activate the current watch on the wrist but wondering if anyone has actually tried this?
I tried it when my wife first got an Apple watch a few years ago. At the time we were both using the same Apple ID for everything. No problem having the two watches paired but all our activity data was merged of course, so she quickly got her own Apple ID.
 
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TimothyL

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Had a series 4 and a series 5 connected for a while the other day and it worked fine
 
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swandy

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Works perfectly (a Series 4 and Series 5). Updating sometimes takes a while - depends on the app. Only "issue" is I keep four music playlists on the two watches for when I exercise - more important for the Series 5 which is not cellular - but as soon as I put the watch on the charger to charge and do the updates for the music lists, the Auto Switch automatically switches to the other watch even if it is not on my wrist (which I find strange). So as was previously mentioned, if you want/need to do an update, you need to switch to Manual Switching.
 
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