Can you pair multiple Apple Watches to one iPhone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by metrowarrior79, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. metrowarrior79 macrumors newbie

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    Searched and couldn't find an answer to this. I'm asking because I was considering getting an Apple Watch Sport for wearing while at work and then having a SS Apple Watch for nights and weekends. Is it possible to be able to pair 2 watches to one phone? Thanks for your help.
     
  2. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    My guess would be yes, but not at the same time.
     
  3. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    I'm guessing there should be a way to disable the ones you don't use. But my question is the other way around, can you pair the watch to multiple iPhones?
     
  4. Julien macrumors G3

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    This looks to be the correct answer.

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  5. OllyW Moderator

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    Yes, this article on aBlogtoWatch confirms you can only pair one watch at a time.

    http://www.ablogtowatch.com/apple-trained-you-forget-watches-apple-teach-love-apple-watch/
     
  6. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Apple has confirmed that only one watch may be paired at a single time in the developer forums as well.

    Edit: and the pairing and unpairing is a setup process, not a simple add or remove like other BT devices.
     
  7. Julien macrumors G3

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    The article makes it sound like a handicap. The picture of the Companion App I posted makes it look like a 10 seconds, 4 or 5 screen taps to pair anther :apple:Watch. Having all your :apple:Watches ready to pair in the Companion App and just select seems like the way it should be and looks super easy.

    Can't see any advantages to having more than 1 paired at a time. I would likely cause problems (like conflicting Health/Fitness info).
     
  8. metrowarrior79 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your replies. I'm not looking to have both paired at the same time, just would like to be able to swap when needed. Hopefully it won't be a lengthy set up process each time you switch. I'm hoping it will be similar to bluetooth devices after the initial pairing and not a lengthy setup each time I want to switch.
     
  9. wethackrey, May 27, 2015
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    Sort of...

    My second Apple watch landed today so I spent some time figuring out the answer to this. Can you use two Watches with a single iPhone? Yes. But it isn't very seamless and takes far more time than it should. Here's the deal:
    1) The system architecture is definitely 1 Watch <-> 1 iPhone. An iPhone will pair to a single Watch and vice versa.

    2) To use a second Watch, you must first unpair the first Watch using the iPhone Watch app. All is not lost. The iPhone will make of backup of MOST settings and data.

    3) Pair the second Watch using the Watch app. You'll be asked if you want to configure as a new Watch or restore from backup.

    4) If you restore the second Watch from the backup of the first, you get all apps and data transferred, with the exception of security information. You'll need to re-enter the following information in the second Watch:
    a) passcode
    b) password for the associated Apple ID (It "remembers" the ID itself)
    c) whether you want to unlock the Watch with your iPhone
    d) whether to enable location services

    5) The restore takes some time. I went through three swaps from one Watch to the other. It took 12-15 minutes to enter the new security information and restore the Watch from the backup image via bluetooth.
    6) The iPhone Watch app saves at least two backup images. You'll need to select the image to restore from. Usually that would be the latest.

    Clearly this is a lot more hassle than simply changing which Watch you want to wear at the moment. If you want to leave your dress Watch on the charger and wear your Sport Watch while you work out, you'll need to allocate fifteen minutes to make the change. And another fifteen to change back. I thought it was a hassle swapping watches in my watch winder. This is a whole different thing.

    It sure seems like Apple, uncharacteristically, didn't think this through. I'd submit that most early adopters of the Apple Watch are "watch people"... that is, people who are used to wearing watches and probably own more than one. Their mindset (and the mindset Apple seems to promoting with this product, is the Watch as a fashion statement... They have a ton of designs and colors.

    The software, at this point anyway, does not support the notion of a wearable device you might buy several versions of to use in a variety of settings.

    The Watch OS (wOS?) 1.01 update is out now. My next step is to do the update on the connected Watch, then swap them again to make certain that you can restore a 1.0 Watch from a 1.01 backup image. Wish me luck.
     
  10. flur macrumors 68000

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    If you use Apple Pay, you will also have to re-add your cards every time you re-pair as they are removed when you un-pair.

    FWIW, the one time I unpaired my watch, it crashed in the process, so that risk is out there too. As it only takes me a handful of seconds to change my band, that's the route I'm going.
     
  11. wethackrey macrumors 6502

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    Yes... I discovered that special feature this morning when none of my cards were in the Watch. That's a deal breaker. It adds another half hour or more to the process of switching watches. I had to rescan five of the six cards I have on my Watch. For some reason, the Watch app can't retrieve the card information from PassBook on the iPhone. To make matters worse, one of my banks requires a call to customer service with the associated hoop hopping/transaction verification in order to activate their card on the Watch. Which would have been hassle enough, but it took two calls to make it actually happen.

    So my answer to the OP's question needs to be revised from "Sort of" to "Not really". You can do it but it is a GIANT pain in the butt. I'm going to take your advise and order a sports band for my stainless Watch,
     
  12. r0k macrumors 68040

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    My SG watch with BSB arrived yesterday. I tried to pair it and it didn't pair so I went to manual pairing. It appeared to pair but when I opened the AW app on my iPhone and picked MyWatch, it showed Pair a New Apple Watch so I picked it and it immediately, without asking for confirmation, proceeded to unpair my watch and offer me a chance to pair it again. Not. Fun. At. All. Considering that pairing takes about half an hour not including the hassle of dealing with my bank to pair credit cards again, I think Apple will be tweaking the AW app on iOS to make it less easy to fall into the pair all over again tar pit. After 2 pairing rituals on my first day of ownership, I decided I don't need no stinking AW software update yet. Maybe I'll do it tomorrow...
     
  13. rhsmd1 macrumors member

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    yep.
    and remember that is you were to restore your iphone for some reason, your apple pay cards on the phone would wipe out as well.
     
  14. xthine macrumors regular

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    I used to have the Sport watch along with my SS. I thought I could swap watches easily but it's a very tedious process. The whole pair unpair then have to manually add a card then verify in Apple Pay. Sold my Sport and now just using my SS. It's easier to swap bands than AWs.
     
  15. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    You are spot on here, and I bet you by version 2 Apple will support pairing multiple watches -- that is after all going to be a big selling point in maximizing their sales. Many people only wear gold, or only silver. Some wear both and need a watch to coordinate with each outfit. Then there's the Sport Watch. While changing bands is not a big deal, it's much easier to just throw on the watch sitting in the charger with the band you want to wear. And it's not just color, having a 38mm for formal affairs looks dressier than a 42mm, regardless of your wrist size.

    This update might come as early as December when Apple is expected to release new case materials and watch bands. This should fuel a number of new sales to existing customers, as holiday gifts can be made of an additional watch for dedicated purposes. And it might fuel new customers to buy two watches at once. I'm expecting a $1-2K gold clad option in particular. Titanium would be nice, as well as an anodized gold Sport.
     
  16. Jerry Raia macrumors regular

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  17. jtrue28 macrumors 6502

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    It sounds like you're going to have to set it up, each and every time. Which by your statement is completely not what you are expecting.

    They sell individual bands where you can swap them in and out.
     
  18. Jerry Raia macrumors regular

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    I think eventually the ability to easily switch will come. Remember the first iPhone didn't have cut & paste :)
     

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