How far can watch be from phone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Glene, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Glene macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2014
    Ft Lauderdale
    Any new protocols ? I assume 40-50 feet? So if you were in a typical 3 br 1800 sq ft home, as long as phone is there, watch would work ok?
  2. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    There was talk about the connection falling back to wireless if out of Bluetooth range but I'm not sure where that stands as far as fact or myth goes.
  3. JuryDuty macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2014
    ...and in the spirit of this question, could you, for instance, go running with just the watch then "sync up" your run when you return to your phone...or are you essentially tethered to it?
  4. pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    Well bluetooth is 30ft so I'm assuming that's the minimum.

  5. jaymc macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2012
    Port Orchard, WA
    If you are home, thought the watch can also connect with your wifi.
  6. pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    I know the iwatch uses the phones gps. I'm not sure if the fit app requires gps or not. You might be able to track steps but not your map. It's not very clear tho.


    No it cannot connect to your home wifi with the apple watch. That's a 100% fact. I'm not going to link the article again you'll have to look it up.

  7. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2008
    Yes, health data will sync when you reconnect to the phone.

    It will use a direct wifi connection to your phone, not through your home network.
  8. betabeta macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2013
    First, I am very interested in this.

    From my research, Bluetooth "can" reach up to 300 feet under the right condition, so I feel 100 feet could be pretty good.

    Now, from my little understanding:D watching the event...

    Kevin Lynch: Apple watch communicates with your iPhone over wifi as well as bluetooth. So when you’re home, you don’t have to be within bluetooth range of your phone, you can be anywhere in your house and still get all your messages and take your phone calls.

    This to me means it will use your home wifi to communicate with watch.
  9. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    True and false. The Apple Watch will not connect to your home's wifi - but it WILL connect to your phone via your phone's wifi hot spot.

    So, the phone <-> watch range is about 300 feet.
  10. Starfox macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2011
    Apple Watch uses BTLE and an AWDL/WiFi to communicate with the phone. If however both the watch and the phone are on the same network AND the network support Bonjour / ZeroConf, then the watch can be out of BT range and only use WiFi to communicate with the phone just fine.
  11. ksuyen macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2012
    Correct, and it doesn't have to be at your home only either. If your local gym or office has wifi, you can use also utilize this. You can keep your phone inside a locker or bag, and your watch essentially will connect to your phone WiFi instead of Bluetooth, which extends your distance by a lot, as long as you are still under the range of Wifi (what is the max range of wifi, anybody knows?)
  12. pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    Can you provide your source?

  13. Starfox macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2011

    No - it uses AWDL.
  14. DreamPod macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2008
    Do you have a source for this? To my knowledge Apple has never mentioned AWDL nor anything related to peer to peer when discussing the Apple Watch. And it doesn't make sense since broadcasting such a powerful signal to reach the entire house with internal antennae would suck the watch battery dry, rather than just broadcasting the power needed to talk to a wifi hotspot with large external antennae.
  15. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    This topic will be fun when we got a thorough review. :)
  16. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    My iPhone can connect to my car via BT when I'm upstairs at the opposite end of the house and my car gets started in the garage. I've lost phone contact with it switching automatically to car BT from iPhone.

    My house is just under 5K sq ft. Use that distance estimate however you like. BT is quite powerful.
  17. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    They spelled this out onstage at the March Keynote.

    The Apple Watch and iPhone can talk to each other using the home Wifi network, giving you a greater connection range while at home.
  18. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    This was not spelled out during the event nor has Apple said anything about the Watch directly connecting to a WiFi. Lynch gave an example of being home and your iPhone ringing but did not state it would use your home WiFi to connect. Only that it would use WiFi if out of BT range.

    Here is what Apple's press release says.

  19. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    and if your gym doesn't have wi-fi it won't connect to the phone out of bluetooth range?
    most gyms don't have free wi-fi
  20. Starfox macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2011
    Re-read what I said - in the house, on a WiFi network with Bonjour / ZeroConf, that's what the watch will use. When outside, the watch will use AWDL with the phone to transfer large-ish assets like images, etc. Makes sense?
  21. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    Maybe you should re-read his post as well; he asked you for your source for the above information.
  22. Apollonian macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2010

    My question is do you guys think they will both work on free wifi that requires you to accept or click before using the Internet. I often work in these environments and I kind of think the watch will have trouble connecting in these situations.
  23. damant macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2010
    1/ it connects to ur iphone via bluetooth or wifi ( i assume the phone wifi:hotspot)
    2/ but if the phone is totally outof range :
    "Apple Watch Can Use Known Wi-Fi Networks for Limited Functions Even When iPhone Is Off"

    But im sure there will be lots more stuffs/features that we'll find out on 4/24 !which cant come soon enough;-)
  24. Vanilla Face macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2013
    Do you not have your phone within 30 feet of you at work?

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