Force cellular connection on the watch?

hojoon0724

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Original poster
Jun 26, 2007
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Los Angeles, CA
Hi,

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?

Thanks.
 

Lennyvalentin

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Apr 25, 2011
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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.
 

hojoon0724

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Original poster
Jun 26, 2007
186
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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.
 

QCassidy352

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Mar 20, 2003
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I don't know if this makes any sense.
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.
 

Neodym

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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?
 

hojoon0724

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 26, 2007
186
11
Los Angeles, CA
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?
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.
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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.
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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