How to use 2 Apple Watches

earthdog

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So I have a Stainless currently and love it. I have a Black Stainless on order. My intention is to switch watches daily. Since it appears I can only pair one watch at a time, will it be a simple as unpairing watch one and repair watch two daily? If so will my settings follow or will I have to separate screens settings and app profiles?


TIA,
Jeff
 

MartyCan

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So I have a Stainless currently and love it. I have a Black Stainless on order. My intention is to switch watches daily. Since it appears I can only pair one watch at a time, will it be a simple as unpairing watch one and repair watch two daily? If so will my settings follow or will I have to separate screens settings and app profiles?


TIA,
Jeff
You won't want to do that for long.

Every switch will involve unpairing an repairing. Assume it to be a 20 min. process. Plus you will lose a lot of activity data.

Maybe in Watch OS release in the future this will work. Apple will realize that selling us all multiple watches is a good thing.
 

earthdog

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Well if the why is for me the OP then its simple I am a watch whore/collector. I swap my Breitlings also based on what I am warning. For me a watch is jewelry and the Apple Watch adds a new level.

A 20 minute swap cycle is not the end of the world I would hope for more from apple.
 

AFDoc

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Why don't you contact apple?
This is MR where going to Apple is the last thing to do.... come on now.

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Well if the why is for me the OP then its simple I am a watch whore/collector. I swap my Breitlings also based on what I am warning. For me a watch is jewelry and the Apple Watch adds a new level.

A 20 minute swap cycle is not the end of the world I would hope for more from apple.
Just buy another phone.... problem solved.
 

PedCrossing

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The current system is definitely not multi-watch-friendly, but the "Apple Watch" page in the apple watch app looks like a list to me, I hope we'll be able to pair more than one watch in the future.
 

mistertomlinson

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I'm in the same position. I bought a watch for casual wear and one for work. This has the added bonus of allowing me to swap watches between home and work so battery life will never become an issue.

And why would I want to run/workout in a $1,200 black stainless steel Apple Watch? This hardly seems appropriate. SOMEONE at Apple is bound to have realized few people are going for a run in their $17,000 gold Edition. Why wouldn't pairing 2 watches be simple?

I better not have any trouble doing this. My 42mm Sport should be here soon (returning the 38mm) but my SBSS won't likely be here till July unless I break and decide to buy one marked up off eBay.
 

HelloMikee

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I would like to know this as well. Looking to buy a used 38mm sport once the craziness is over. If I can score one for relatively cheap down the line, I'd use that for my long runs (10+ miles) vs. my SS. It's lighter and less wear on my SS watch...

Too bad we can't pair two watches and just have it work so long as the other watch is shut off.
 

Twyntub

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I don't think they envisioned anyone wanting to use more than one watch. The bands are intended to enable you to change up the look in a similar way.
Customisation is one thing, most people have different watches for different occasions.
 

MH01

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Well if the why is for me the OP then its simple I am a watch whore/collector. I swap my Breitlings also based on what I am warning. For me a watch is jewelry and the Apple Watch adds a new level.

A 20 minute swap cycle is not the end of the world I would hope for more from apple.
Find someone else with an Apple watch and test it out. I very much doubt you will find someone else on MR that bought the SS and black SS just to rotate depending on what they are wearing on the day. Though, u might get lucky

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Customisation is one thing, most people have different watches for different occasions.
Though in this case it's the same watch in black :)
 

xgkram

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In the not so distant future where Apple Watch 2 comes out and you want to keep your first one for the gym or hiking and the new one for everything else, I don't see being able to pair two watches to a phone as being so unreasonable. Hopefully Apple supports it by then.
 
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earthdog

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Well I got my second Apple Watch and here are my thoughts... UnPairing and RePairing not a big deal (Confirmed by Apple). However the show stopper for me. I have to input all my ApplePay payment methods. Now that is deal breaker for me. Apple support indicated there is no plans for adding dual watch support for swapping...

So now to decide if the SSB or the SS stays and sell the other.
 

flur

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Unpairing and repairing IS a big deal. It takes about 20 minutes if nothing goes wrong, and that's a big if - mine crashed on unpair, and I had to set the whole thing up as new. You lose your app layout and everything in Apple Pay, and you may have to toggle some notification settings or reboot your phone to get everything working right.

I can't see anyone wanting to spend 20 minutes pairing and setting up the watch/Apple Pay on a regular basis when you can swap the band in a matter of seconds.

As for Apple realizing folks won't want to run in their editions, I considered the rose gold and leather band combo, and I'd just pick up a white sport band for workouts. Sweat's not going to damage the gold, you just clean it up when you get home, same as with the stainless.
 
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JackANSI

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I'm not well versed on the detailed mechanics of Apple Pay and how the whole back end works, but I initially assumed the watch would be able to somehow copy/mirror what I already had in my iPhone 6+.

Having asked around in early May it appears that some part of the encryption is tied to the NFC chip itself and thus it could never mirror another device no matter what.

While the Black SS has appeal on the keep side, that same appeal and rarity will also net you more money on the resale. If it were my call, being a first gen device and all, I'd off the Black SS while it could get the best price (now).
 

b0fh666

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this is sad... even pebble support multiple watches connected to the same iphone (and at the same time none the less!).

get your **** together appel!
 

papbot

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Unpairing and repairing IS a big deal. It takes about 20 minutes if nothing goes wrong,
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I agree. I initially did it to solve the Messages going to the phone instead of the watch bug. In addition to the time and possible problems as the poster discovered you have to set up Apple Pay all over again. And for me that was an even bigger deal. The Messages bug still occurs but now I can deal with it by just toggling the Notifications setting on the phone. Wish I had known that before. Un-pairing should only be used for a major issue, you're completely wiping the watch. Who completely wipes their phone or iPad or computer every other day?
 

anez

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I'm not sure if Apple will make it easier for people to swap out their watches with future updates. The ease of band changing plus all the marketing spiel about "the most personal device" implies they're pushing the angle that there's one perfect Watch for everyone.

Obviously, this isn't true, as some people will want multiple looks beyond what is achievable from band swapping, but I suspect it's a fairly niche market and I don't know if they'll be willing to contradict the idea their marketing strategy by making it easy for people to have two.

Or maybe they just want to wait until they're able to get one Watch to everyone who wants one... ;)
 
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