Can someone explain the green cloud?

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  1. jannette macrumors 6502

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    When I look at the glance that shows airplane mode, sleep and the sound bell plus ping, sometimes I see a green cloud! What does this mean?
     
  2. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    I think disconnected from phone but connected to wifi.
     
  3. naasrd macrumors 6502

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    When you've lost connection to Bluetooth it hooks up to wifi.
     
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    Confirmed. The green cloud indicates that the watch is out of Bluetooth rage from the phone but connected via WiFi. The watch is not clear about whether it is accessing the phone via WiFi or just the public Internet.
     
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    This makes sense as my phone is in my car and I am indoors and so the watch is must be connected to my WiFi network
     
  7. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a

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    I personally think that it is in place for future implementation of wifi calling without your phone being nearby.

    I've left my phone in the car before (connected to 3G) and gone into a building where my watch has connected with this 'cloud' - to me that would make sense it meant the watch was connected to the phone over the Internet but when I try making calls this is not the case.

    The cloud seems to appear when the watch is connected to wifi regardless of whether the phone is nearby or not.
     
  8. testcard macrumors 68030

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    Strange choice of icon. Why not the conventional wifi icon?
     
  9. jannette thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I have the green cloud showing at the moment but I cannot make a call.
     
  10. ZEEN0j macrumors 6502a

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    You can't make a call as you are not connected to your phone, just the Internet. You can still send iMessages and connect to the web through native apps.
     
  11. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    WiFi calling on the watch without a phone is working now.
    First, you need to be on a carrier that supports WiFi calling. T-Mobile, Sprint, and recently AT&T work. Then, go into your phone's settings, and under Phone, turn on "Calls on Other Devices." Then make sure that inside that option it is enabled to make calls when the phone is not nearby. By default, it will turn on calls only when the phone is nearby.

    After that, you are set. When the watch is on WiFi, you can make and receive calls. The phone can be off.
     
  12. jannette thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for this. I am in the UK and my carrier does not support WiFi calling. My "calls on other devices" on the Phone only lists my Mac, iPad and MacBook. All clear to me now!
     
  13. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Bad Mexican lunch?
     
  14. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    It does not explicitly list the watch. When I first switched it on, it was set to just do calls when the phone was nearby. But, it had a button to enable the full WiFi calling capability.

    Here's a screen shot from the Phone settings that shows when the watch is fully enabled to make WiFi calls. Notice the text below the "Allow Calls on Other Devices" is slightly different after the pure WiFi calling is enabled.
    Watch WiFi Calling Enabled.png
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  15. jannette thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info'. Are you in the US or UK? I don't think that WiFi calling is available in the UK. At least not with my provider
     
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  17. techguy69 macrumors regular

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    If I'm correct, EE is the only carrier with Wi-Fi calling support in the UK.
     
  18. shandyman Suspended

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    Yea, just EE in the UK so far. I'm Three and they have a Wifi Calling app, no idea why they don't just use the native iOS Wifi Calling though!!!
     
  19. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Remember that in 2.0 there is FaceTime audio. I use this all the time without my phone being nearby but still connected to wifi (green cloud).
     

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