Discovered a bug with bluetooth at the gym today

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by jabij1, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. jabij1, Apr 27, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015

    jabij1 macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2012
    I have bluetooth headphones connected to the watch and music playing locally from it. My phone is in the locker, though when I move around the gym the watch disconnects and reconnects if I get farther and closer. I don't mind this, as I'd like to be able to keep my phone in the locker and move closer to it every time I want to check for new texts and such.

    The problem is whenever this reconnect (of the watch to the phone) happens, the bluetooth headphones automatically disconnect from the watch and I have to repair the two. Not sure why this happens, the connection from the headphones to the watch should be independent of the connection from the watch to the phone (and no the headphones are not pairing to the phone, I checked - they are simply disconnecting from the watch). Hopefully an OS update (or even better, jailbreak) comes out soon.
  2. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Do you think it's related to the headphones? I move in and out of the range of my Mac and phone constantly, and it always "holds" onto the device it's already connected to.
  3. lchlch macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2015
    Does your gyms have a wifi connection?

    Try turning off Bluetooth on your phone before placing it in the locker.
  4. biosci macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2010
    Chicagoland, IL
    Does it only happen as you get close to your phone?
  5. jabij1 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2012
    I wish it did. I ended up turning off bluetooth on the phone and went without the texts and notifications.


    Yep, only when the watch reconnects to the phone.
  6. biosci macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2010
    Chicagoland, IL

    Is the gym wifi open? Maybe connect the watch to the gyms open SSID if there is one for iMessage and email? Wish I had my watch to play with...
  7. taedouni macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    Are the headphones used with the iPhone too? I'm getting my Apple Watch tomorrow but it sounds like it defaults to the iPhone when it gets in range.
  8. macgeek01 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2013
    If there is no WIFi and you turn off BlueTooth off your phone then there is no way for the watch to reconnect unless I'm not understanding you correctly.
  9. parsnips macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2015
    I had the same issue, until I noticed I wasn't actually playing music from the watch and I was playing music from the iPhone. But if it's that, you can easily force tap and choose the source as the watch
  10. jabij1 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2012
    Nope, source was definitely the watch. I made sure of that.


    I only turned off bluetooth on the phone when the problem kept persisting, so that I wouldn't have the headphones keep disconnecting from the watch whenever the watch would try connecting to the phone.


    No they weren't, and bluetooth headphones don't work like that, you have to press a button on them to disconnect them, then reconnect to something else. (At least that's how it is on mine, have the solo2 wireless).
  11. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2015
    I made a thread about this a few days ago. I had the exact same issues; only when my phone was in the locker and I was listening to music on the watch and tracking my workout. Didn't happen if I wasn't tracking my workout at the same time.

    I just started carrying the phone again and listening to the music on that, at least for the meantime. Using an exercise belt to carry it is still more comfortable than short pockets lol
  12. jabij1 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2012
    Interesting, I had finished my workout session in the workout app before the issue started happening.
  13. digduggler, Apr 28, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015

    digduggler macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Holy crap this is what happened to me yesterday. I was wondering if I should unpair the headphones from the phone to fix it.

    Happened regardless of the source. It did seem to only happen as I went into/out of bluetooth range. Any workaround?

    I chose the watch as the source with the headphones. Everything was hunky dory. I noticed I could still select music from the iPHone so I played around with that. After awhile the bt cut out. I went strictly watch source after that and it still happened a few times as I moved around the gym. Definitely a quirk.

    I'll try turning off BT on the phone today and see if that fixes it.

    Edit: turning bluetooth off on the phone seems to fix it.

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