Can You Use Partially Use Apple Watch Without Owning an Iphone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by GordonGekko999, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. GordonGekko999 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    If you don't own an Iphone could the wifi portion of the Apple Watch be utilized without the pairing of an Iphone? Could one add apps through wifi or through their Macbook?

    If an Iphone is absolutely necessary to get the Apple Watch off the ground, once this happens, could one use wifi only with the Apple Watch to control an Amazon echo in the same way that a traditional smartphone can control an echo?
  2. Tovenaar macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    I don't know about Amazon echo, but you can't set up an Apple Watch without an iPhone.

    Once it's set-up you can use it in theory without an iPhone. Obviously the use will be very limited and many of the functions won't work because it needs to pull data from the phone. Also, even functions that do work without the phone, like fitness tracking, need to synchronize every once in a while to move the data to the phone.

    If you're getting it without an iPhone there might be other, better, options out there than an Apple Watch.
  3. Relentless Power, Dec 24, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2016

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I can't speak for the Echo portion. But you need an iPhone for initialization. After that, you can use it, but it will be severely limited.
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Be nice if Apple brought out its own "echo" device.

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