Force cellular connection on the watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by hojoon0724, May 28, 2018.

  1. hojoon0724 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA

    I would like to see if I can force a cellular connection on my watch while the iPhone goes on airplane mode and stays connected to my Osmo 2 via bluetooth.

    The way that it's set up right now is that when the phone goes to airplane mode and with the bluetooth on, both the gimbal and watch stay connected to the phone and the watch can't receive any data. As soon as I turn off the bluetooth on my phone, the watch goes onto finding a cellular connection but this also disables the gimbal's buttons to be used as camera shutters. Ideally, I would like to have the watch its own cellular connection while having the phone's bluetooth on to stay connected to the gimbal.

    I can't find any way of doing this from what I googled.
    Does anyone have any experience with this?

  2. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    Maybe works if you haven't tried already, in this sequence:
    1. Turn on airplane mode on your phone
    2. Turn airplane mode off on your watch (if you have the setting to synch both devices enabled)
    3. Turn bluetooth only back on on your phone.
    Anyway, why are you enabling airplane mode if it causes problems for you...? Just don't enable airplane mode when you need to use your gimbal and problem = solved? :D

    Also in case you forgot/didn't know, camera app on your watch lets you take pictures with your iphone (requires bluetooth to be enabled on both devices, obvs...), in case you can't get your gimbal thing to work.
  3. hojoon0724 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm wanting to do this to create an artificial constraint while I'm on holiday, and so I want to make my only connection to the outside world to be just the watch (text and calls only) but still have the phone be active to interact with other bluetooth devices while not receiving any other data.

    I don't know if this makes any sense.
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I get what you're trying to do and why. Lenny's suggestion is the only one I can think of. The AW will connect to the iPhone but won't be able to use the iPhone to connect to the internet. So I would HOPE it would then default to its own cellular connection... but I actually don't think it will. I think if it sees the phone on BT, it will keep (futilely) trying to use the phone as its internet access point. Hope I'm wrong.
  5. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    Do you have an iPad to interact with your other BT devices, so you could leave the iPhone at home / switched off during your holidays?
  6. hojoon0724 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yeah, I thought about this but I look incredibly silly taking pictures with a 13" iPad Pro.
    Also, the iPhone X has a better camera, zoom, and the gimbal doesn't fit an iPad.
    --- Post Merged, May 29, 2018 ---
    Yeah, this is exactly the problem I'm having. I need the phone's Bluetooth on for other devices but only disconnect the watch so the watch looks for an actual connection but nope.

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