No phone is connected...and I'm getting iMessages on my watch!!!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by gatorknight904, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. gatorknight904 macrumors 6502

    gatorknight904

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    So I sold my iPhone 6 this past Saturday and figured I would not be able to use the majority of the features on my Apple Watch until next Friday when my iPhone 6s delivered. However, randomly today when I turned on my AT&T hotspot device. I started receiving iMessages on my Apple Watch. I am even able to reply to messages.

    Maybe I missed something and forgive me if I did but I am shocked lol.

    I can confirm the Apple Watch is connected to the hotspot. When I look at the connected devices it is listed.

    The watch was able to connect I guess by remembering the wifi profile that was on my iPhone 6.

    Pretty cool.
     
  2. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    This is a known feature. The watch has limited functionality when not paired with an iPhone. You can also ask Siri some questions! It's pretty neat :) You're correct about the watch remembering the phone's known networks.

    More information can be found on this PDF on page 19: https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1708/en_US/apple_watch_user_guide.pdf

    Apple incorrectly states that the phone and watch must be connected on the same network to receive iMessages and use Siri, but these do not require an iPhone to be paired at all.
     
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I think what they meant is connected to the same network that the iPhone has previously connected, making it a known network.
     
  4. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    Their wording suggests that the phone and watch be connected to the same network at the same time, but I think they meant to say what you did. Lol.
     
  5. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Between this and Pay, this is why I bought my Watch. I wear it surfing, so I don't carry anything with me besides my Watch. When I get out of the water, I can hang out at a local coffee house, pay with Pay, and take care of any important messages that came up while I was in the water, or better yet, reassure myself that I don't need to hurry off to do anything else. If you're using a Google Voice number, you can also get transcripts of phone calls, even though you can't call them back directly. I'm now looking for an Watch compatible door lock, so I won't even have to take my house key anymore. And I can't wait to buy my next car which will probably be compatible with the Watch, so no need to worry about what to do with my car key either.
     
  6. Marszczak macrumors newbie

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  7. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    Google Voice can send you iMessages? I might look into this if that's the case.
     
  8. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Google voice allows various ways to be notified with transcripts, one of which is e-mail, and you can have it sent to iMessages and e-mail both, in the event you're away from your phone. But more importantly, Visual Voicemail should sync with the server over wifi, so calls directly to your mobile number should still be available on your watch as voicemail anywhere it has access to wifi, without your phone.
     
  9. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    That's awesome. Thank you!
     
  10. nicho macrumors 68000

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    or it gets water damaged, locking you out of your house in the process.
     
  11. gatorknight904 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the info.
     

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