Play Music on Watch while exercising

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by daye, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. daye macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Anyone tried to play music on Apple Watch while exercising? I have bad experiencing listening to music from the Apple Watch via Bluetooth earphone while running. The music often stopped playing for a few seconds and then starting playing again. seems the bluetooth earphone continues to lose connections.

    I do not have the problem while play music from the Watch using the bluetooth earphone while I am inside my house or in my office.

    I am using Plantronics HD Voyager Pro.
  2. garrym13 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    I have put my watch and Powerbeats 2 through about 20 runs with no problems playing music. No cut outs or other problems using Spotify.
  3. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    You likely have the bluetooth radio of the earphones on one side and your watch on the other.

    Looking at the earpiece you're using, it's likely in your right ear? Try putting your watch on your right wrist while you run.

    Hopefully they're able to fix the BT radio with software....we'll likely see when watchOS 2 comes out.
  4. acctman macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2012
    Spotify? that means you're running with your phone too. No point in pairing the headphones to your watch if your phone is with you. Might as well save more power on the watch battery.
  5. garrym13 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Damn, I didn't even consider that. My bad OP.
  6. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    Agreed, having tried several BT headsets which all cut out, the Powerbeats2 wireless doesn't skip a note.
  7. daye thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Thanks everything who responded to my question. I just called Plantronic support today. turned out that this device has a smart sensor that automatically detects if your device is on your ear or not. while I am running, the sensor sometime thinks the headset is off my ear, that is the problem. I turned that off and I do not have that cut out problem any more.
  8. clint-bell macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    That's pretty cool. I didn't know something like this existed. What headphones are you using these pieces with as the link you sent just has the ear buds not the actual cables or wires that plug into your phone
  9. daye thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2013
    I am using Plantronics Voyager Pro HD bluetooth headset. You can not modify the settings on the device it self. You have you get to their support site and download a executable file ( from a Windows machine ) and then connect the headset to that machine with the provided USB cable and then you will able to disable that auto sensor setting.
  10. clint-bell macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    Thanks for the info! Sounds like something I wouldn't have the patience for though lol. Will defo take a look at this if it's something I'm after.
  11. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    I also have a watch with Powerbeats2 wireless earbuds....

    and I have the same issue. I'll be running for 20 minutes, and then it the music will cut out. Once it cuts out, it's unreliable after that. It might cut out another 4 times. Most of the time, I can just wait 30 seconds or so, go back into the music app and click 'play' again. Once in a while, I must force press and choose the source again.

    It's annoying and seems Apple Watch software related. My Watch never loses connection with my phone, no matter where it is, and my powerbeats2 work fine with my iPhone and my laptop. I hope there is a fix soon.

    It seems to have something to do with other apps - I haven't fully tested yet, but it seems if I have a phone call I dismiss, it feels that it will disconnect more often. Or if I'm looking at the activity or weather or some other app, it will disconnect more often, if I'm not, it seems to stay connected most of the time.

    It won't 'always' do this, but often enough (like at least once ever 2 work outs) that it's annoying.
  12. deadandalive macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2015
    If the Watch is down by my pants pocket, I lose connection

    But the same thing happens to my Phone when putting it in my pocket

    The difference is that the sound comes back once the Phone is actually in my pocket. The watch just constantly goes in and out

    Messed with it for a 2 mile walk & gave up
  13. fanboi4lyfe macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    I haven't had any connection issues whil at the gym with my powerbeats 2 wireless yet. I will leave my phone in my locker and then go workout for about an hour total. Works perfectly! The whole workout and activity part of the watch has been my most pleasant surprise. I didn't think that it would actually movtivate me as much as it has already. Even though some of the aspects are behind in terms of other fitness trackers, it still is a great device for fitness, imo.

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