Disabling Cellular Activity on Gen 3?

geesus

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Hi, maybe a bit of a niche question but still. I want a stainless steel Apple Watch so am basically forced into buying a cellular flavour, so my question is, can you switch off the cellular ability of this watch and save being nagged about it or having it drain the battery unnecessarily?

Thanks.
 

matrix07

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Hi, maybe a bit of a niche question but still. I want a stainless steel Apple Watch so am basically forced into buying a cellular flavour, so my question is, can you switch off the cellular ability of this watch and save being nagged about it or having it drain the battery unnecessarily?

Thanks.

Just buy it & use it. You don’t have cellular plan, cellular won’t work anyway.
 
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Ansath

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I was in the same situation a few months back. Cellular is automatically off, you don't get nagged at all to have a data plan. It just acts like the non-cellular version.

Some screenshots attached showing the watch and iPhone screens when you're not on a network that supports the watch. There seems to be no negative impact on the battery.

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The Game 161

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Hi, maybe a bit of a niche question but still. I want a stainless steel Apple Watch so am basically forced into buying a cellular flavour, so my question is, can you switch off the cellular ability of this watch and save being nagged about it or having it drain the battery unnecessarily?

Thanks.
As said it won’t matter if you don’t have a data plan
 

Gonky

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If you have no data plan can you still call emergency services without your phone?
 

geesus

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In a stunning twist I decided stumping up £5 a month was worth it for full functionality, considering the fortune I spend on my phone a month anyway.
 

dave006

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Since you have not setup cellular services with your carrier, emergency services will not have an E911 Address registered for your number which may delay services.

Dave
 

nburwell

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I was in the same situation a few months back. Cellular is automatically off, you don't get nagged at all to have a data plan. It just acts like the non-cellular version.

Some screenshots attached showing the watch and iPhone screens when you're not on a network that supports the watch. There seems to be no negative impact on the battery.

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I honestly had no idea you could activate cellular right through the Watch app on my iPhone. Pretty great to know in the event I want to activate the feature on my S3 down the road.
 
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