AW3 will not let go of Bluetooth

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by lankox, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. lankox macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    I leave my phone in my study when I get home from work. As I walk around the house I get to certain areas where Siri will no longer work as the bluetooth connection is weak. I check the connection status and I'm still connected to the iPhone. Why doesn't the watch use Wifi or LTE when the Bluetooth connection is so weak that Siri will not work?
  2. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    what happens when you turn off bluetooth on your phone?

    another thought...
    do you have your 2.4 & 5g networks with different names?
    does your phone know the 2.4 password? the watch doesn't have a 5g radio.
  3. lankox thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    When I turn Bluetooth off then the watch uses my 2.4g wifi and works great. I guess there is no way to manually disconnect from bluetooth on the watch to force a connection to wifi or LTE? I just don't understand why apple doesn't handoff to wifi or LTE when the bluetooth connection is so weak that siri no longer works (or sending text messages).
  4. Nhott macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2014
    I’ve noticed this as well when my phone is on one side of the house and I’m on the other. It’s like the watch is desperately holding on to the weak Bluetooth rather than switch to WiFi. I can’t use my watch from my daughters room if my phone is charging on my nightstand. If I go outside of the house and out of Bluetooth range then the watch switches to WiFi rather quickly. Farther away it switches to LTE quickly as well.
  5. hrefman, Nov 10, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017

    hrefman macrumors newbie


    Jan 1, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Bought the AW3 LTE for my birthday last month, just added the AirPods too. After some very frustrating days of connectivity and stumbling upon this post I too can confirm it's Bluetooth refusing to connect with WiFi when heading out of range.:(

    I'm also using a Ubiquiti Access Point in my apartment due to the crazy load bearing walls (not even Thor's Hammer could penetrate) so the when I'm roaming around the AW and AirPods take about 10-15secs to handoff to the next access point. My iPhone appears to have zero handoff which I'm guessing is down to the strength of the WiFi antenna.

    I sure hope Apple can resolve this, it will be a shame if it's nature of the handoff between device and WiFi/Bluetooth.

    Edit: My only option at home will be to turn off Bluetooth - at the expense of battery life though :|
  6. LCPepper macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I’m also having this issue with my AW3 LTE, and was going to post a thread about it before I saw this.

    A lot of the time my AW is useless because if this issue... :/

    What’s the point if you have to be so close to the iPhone?
  7. lankox thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    I'm dumbfounded that Apple hasn't gotten this right. I have resorted to carrying my iPhone with me around the house.

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