Apple watch Wifi connection

chiefs1968

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There are many places that have free wifi but because you have to agree to terms before you can connect unfortunately Apple watch cannot do this so you cannot connect. If there is an open WiFi that requires a password and you have the password then you are in. So I think apple should find a way for us to be able to log into an open WiFi hotspot and enable us to agree to the log in terms and give us more flexibility to leave our phones at home knowing there is WiFi everywhere.
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DeepIn2U

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See if you agree with me on this...
There are many places that have free wifi but because you have to agree to terms before you can connect unfortunately Apple watch cannot do this so you cannot connect. If there is an open WiFi that requires a password and you have the password then you are in. So I think apple should find a way for us to be able to log into an open WiFi hotspot and enable us to agree to the log in terms and give us more flexibility to leave our phones at home knowing there is WiFi everywhere.
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great idea. I’m not so certain if Apple Watch cannot connect time an open Wi-Fi hotspot that requires end user agreement acceptance. Many of those apps require entry of your email address on that acceptance screen as well, so unless default email address and aliases registered to your iCloud account can be selected is not a good idea.

maybe WatchOS 7 will give us this on non LTE versions.
 

sjinsjca

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I'd love to see this-- even for LTE versions, as cell plans don't roam internationally on the Watch. So anything that would facilitate WiFi usage when traveling would be great.

I'd love it even more if those sign-on and agree-to-terms screens would just go out of style, but that isn't going to happen.

The tiny screen is indeed an impediment to this. But, your Watch usually has its companion iPhone nearby. Wouldn't it be nice if, when you sign on and agree to terms or whatnot on your iPhone, it would automagically register your Watch too?
 

ian87w

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There are many places that have free wifi but because you have to agree to terms before you can connect unfortunately Apple watch cannot do this so you cannot connect. If there is an open WiFi that requires a password and you have the password then you are in. So I think apple should find a way for us to be able to log into an open WiFi hotspot and enable us to agree to the log in terms and give us more flexibility to leave our phones at home knowing there is WiFi everywhere.
Tells us what you think.

Thanks
The problem is, most of these free wifi will require a browser to open to display the agreement page (usually with ads). I doubt this will be doable on the Apple watch unless the wifi hotspot owner adjust its own landing page. Plus, this means Apple has to put Safari on the Apple watch, and when there's a browser, other issues can appear (including security, etc).

In short, it's not that simple. It it was that easy, others would've done it as well.
 

anticipate

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You kind of can.

If you text yourself this address: http://captive.apple.com/hotspot-detect.html after you connect with the wifi network manually on the watch, you can enter what they want on the landing page in a little browser in messages.

You may have to connect to the wifi, click on it and de-select "auto join" first.

This is all on the watch (in settings, at first).

I did it at Planet Fitness today. It seemed to work and stay connected. However, since the watch could reach my phone most of the time (even though it was locked away in the locker room), I'm not sure how much it helped.

But it did seem to work.
 
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chiefs1968

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Pardon me if I am a little slow trying to figure this out....Ok so I am at a MacDonald's and I am trying to connect with my watch and I deliberately left my phone at home and as I try to connect I get this message " apple watch cannot connect blah blah blah"...
So what steps again do I need to follow?? Text myself "http://captive.apple.com/hotspot-detect.html" and then I will see "success" and then what?
 
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