Using two watches

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by datapolitical, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. datapolitical macrumors regular

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    I want to use the watch as my full-time iPhone replacement.

    One strategy for this I’m considering is buying two of them and just switching when I leave the office.

    Does anybody else do that?
     
  2. WhollySchmidt macrumors newbie

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    Do you just mean not carrying your iPhone with you all the time?

    You still need to pair a Watch with an iPhone. You can pair more than one watch to an iPhone and alternate if you’d like (a more common scenario for this would be having a steel and an aluminum watch, switching between them when you come back from the gym and dress up for a fancy night out or whatever), but you can’t take the iPhone completely out of the equation.

    And if you’re trying to get away from carrying the iPhone around with you, I’m guessing you intend to buy the cellular watches, in which case you’d also have to pay whatever your carrier charges for the watch twice, each watch would add to your bill.

    I may be misunderstanding your question (or making incorrect assumptions about your priorities!) but it doesn’t sound like a great idea.
     
  3. dave006 Contributor

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    Well you can't quite do what you want to do today. The Apple Watch LTE has a very limited battery time, 1 hr of LTE total talk time. Also each Apple watch needs to be paired to provide full Apple Watch function. For example an Apple Watch can't connect to a new Wi-Fi network, it can only use one that the paired iPhone has already been connected.

    There are other issues but wanted to understand how you plan to use the 2 Watches.

    Dave
     
  4. datapolitical thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh I intend to still hold an iPhone. I definitely want the iPhone 10 for fun. I just don’t intend to carry it around with me most of the time.

    And ya, it’d cost $20 a month but if that means giving up my phone, that’s a steal.

     
  5. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    I'm pretty sure you can only have one LTE watch activated with your number.
     
  6. datapolitical thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope. Up to 5.

     
  7. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    But you would have to pay 10x2 a month or how ever many LTE watches you have connected.
     
  8. datapolitical thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I would gladly do that.
     
  9. dave006 Contributor

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    No, you can have up to 3 Apple Watch LTEs paired to a single iPhone and they would all share the iPhone's number and they would all need to be on the same Billing Account. And yes you have to pay $10 for each LTE watch.

    Nope, see above. You may have been thinking about the basic NumberSync that supports up to 5 "devices" that was before we had the new LTE models.

    Dave
     
  10. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    Read the reviews, every one of them state it's not a phone replacement. It's more of a get me by for the moment type thing. Also the TMobile ones seem to be dropping calls to the point they've been given a don't buy recommendation. Being TMobile is on a GSM network like AT&T I'd wager the AT&T ones aren't much better.
     
  11. datapolitical thread starter macrumors regular

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    You’re right. I read a review that said 5, but it’s actually 3.
     
  12. dave006 Contributor

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    I mean, they all state that, sure.

    But I’m not looking to be able to snapchat. I’m looking for a few key things the device does well; the only problem is lack of battery. Thus, buy 2.
     
  14. dave006 Contributor

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    Do you work in an office environment where you spend blocks of time at a desk?

    If so, you should look at some of the proximity wireless charging solutions. They can charge you watch while it on your wrist. This would help with the battery challenge.

    Dave
     
  15. Mabus51 macrumors 65816

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    Impractical sure for the price of a single phone you can carry two watches a charger and some Bluetooth earphones.
     
  16. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    My Most used apps are Spotify, Facebook, Email, Safari an lots of texting in imessage. Not having a phone would be a real pain.
     
  17. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    I think your solution might be a cheap non smartphone (along with your iPhone left at home) and non LTE Apple Watch that you could use on known networks and use for Apple Pay.
     
  18. dave006 Contributor

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    One more cool feature that I forgot to mention that you would want to use in your example. You can set your iPhone to switch watches automatically by making sure that you have your iPhone set to take advantage of "Auto Switch". Just put you second fully charged Watch on your wrist and raise your watch and the iPhone will automatically connect to this watch on your way out of work or at any time that is convenient.

    The Auto Switch setting managed in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone. Select the My Watch tab and verify or set the Auto switch feature to active. It is a slide switch.

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