Do you need location services turned on, on your iPhone for series 2 watch to use GPS?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ExcitedFutureWatchOwner, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. ExcitedFutureWatchOwner macrumors newbie

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    I always have location turned off on my iPhone.

    If I leave my phone at home, and go for a run with my watch (series 2) will it track the run via GPS even though the setting is off in my iPhone ?
     
  2. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    No. You have to turn it on on iPhone. When you turn on:
    • Without iPhone : GPS on the watch
    • With iPhone : GPS on the phone
     
  3. ExcitedFutureWatchOwner thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So if I turn it off on the phone than the watch won't use GPS when I run without the phone ?
    That is so stupid, should be seperate settings
     
  4. matrix07, Sep 16, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016

    matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    it's set like this for automatic switching. If you set it on the watch, in case there's a setting - and there may be, you don't have iPhone to fall back to when watch battery running low.
    If you run without a phone, what's a difference to set it on on "the phone" which is sit still at your home?
     
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