Cellular query?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by yui4, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. yui4 macrumors 6502a

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    considering getting the cellular series 4 this time around, never had cellular before.

    As most of my messages are via WhatsApp, if I leave my phone at home, will Whatsapp messages come through to the watch as well?
     
  2. KrisLord macrumors 65832

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    There is no WhatsApp app for Apple Watch.

    Therefore you’ll get notifications of messages as they arrive and can reply to that message, but you can’t do much more than that.

    You can’t see old messages or message anyone other than as a reply, so you can’t even start a conversation!
     
  3. niji Contributor

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    this is the reason why Series 5 will have eSim capability.*
    so that a Watch is fully provision-able with carriers by itself.

    *as long as apple will allow people to be replace pocketable tech (iPhone) with wearable tech (Watch).
     
  4. dave006 Contributor

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    I think you might be confused. The Apple watch Series 3 Cellular LTE and Series 4 Cellular LTE units already have an eSIM. Both Series 3 & 4 require an iPhone to be paired and I fully expect that Apple will continue to require an iPhone to be paired with the next Series ( 5 or some other name) and for several years into the future.

    Dave
     
  5. rmw49 macrumors newbie

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    Yes there is. It's called WatchChat and it works a treat.
     
  6. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    It does but won’t work without your phone
     
  7. KrisLord macrumors 65832

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    That’s a 3rd party app though, it’s not developed by WhatsApp.

    I’d be very wary of any app not developed by WhatsApp as it means giving some random developer access to your data.
     
  8. GC251114 macrumors 6502

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    To the OP

    I believe this is how it works with WhatsApp.

    If you leave your phone at home , you’ll still receive WhatsApp messages & reply the normal way. For this the phone needs to be switched on.

    If you leave your phone at home & switch your phone off , you will not receive WhatsApp messages at all on your watch. Once the phone is switched on they come through , prob on phone though before your watch.

    As others have said , there’s no native WhatsApp watch app & prob never likely to be the rate WhatsApp updates things.

    WatchChat is good , but like a lot of 3rd party apps , it has its limitations. Worth a punt though.

    Cheers.
     
  9. dave006 Contributor

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    Hey @GC251114 you are right on target. All third-party (non Apple) app notifications require the paired iPhone to be on and connected to the internet via a Wi-Fi or Cellular connection to receive / generate the initial notification(s) and forward the notification to the paired Apple watch to generate a watch "Notification".

    Dave
     
  10. GC251114 macrumors 6502

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    Cheers for clarifying bud.
     

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