What range can the Apple Watch be from your iPhone to stay connected?

aide199

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Does anyone know the max range that your Watch can be from your iPhone to stay connected??

Thanks in adavance
 

mattopotamus

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My pebble Bluetooth range felt much longer; however, if you are on wifi text, emails, and phone calls will still come through even if the phone is too far away.
 

aide199

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Thanks for your reply but I mean if your phone is not on a wifi connection
 

IamDave

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What range can the Apple Watch be from your iPhone to stay connected?

I think Bluetooth range is generally 10m? Unless it's different due to the new 'low energy' Bluetooth. I have no problems using my watch around the house whilst leaving the phone upstairs now and then
 

Oohara

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Anyone else with experience that can chime in on this? I'm considering getting the Watch but am hoping it would stay paired to the phone if I for instance leave the phone upstairs and go out to the back yard or to the kitchen downstairs (this is without a router connection).
 

Rok73

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That surely depends on the consistency of your walls/ceilings. I just checked in the office and my watch connects with the phone via BT from a distance of about 12 meters with one wall in-between.
 
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Michael CM1

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What range can the Apple Watch be from your iPhone to stay connected?

I think Bluetooth range is generally 10m? Unless it's different due to the new 'low energy' Bluetooth. I have no problems using my watch around the house whilst leaving the phone upstairs now and then
Haven't tried with this, but with a wireless headset I've gotten maybe 20m. Distance on WiFi, my watch gets ornery if I'm on the other side of the house -- my phone on the side where the router is, me and the watch on the other side maybe 30+m away. The WiFi signal gets weak there, especially once I step outside. Ugh.
 

BaggieBoy

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I'd left my iPhone on my desk and was on my way to lunch when I got a iMessage. I was at least 100 feet from the phone and outside.
 

Shinigami301

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80 meters, indoors, with no walls or other objects between the watch and the iPhone 6 plus. This does tax the batteries in both devices.

I will note that my personal iPhone 6 plus has an unusually strong BT signal, especially compared to my iPad Air 2.
 

nasa25

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When I'm playing softball, I lose connection somewhere in the mid- outfield, say 240 feet away from my iPhone
 

Oohara

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Thanks for the replies people. Seems like the range is quite allright then. Getting closer and closer to slapping down that order...
 

jsalicru

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If it's on a place where you are connected to wifi, range is not an issue. I can leave my phone docked at home all day without any problems and do everything from the watch all over my house.

Bluetooth wise, the range is very limited. Like mattopotamus mentions in a post above, the Pebble has awesome Bluetooth range, which the Apple Watch certainly doesn't. It's a bit of a shame since I rely on that. At work I leave my phone in the office and use my watch for notifications, etc.
 

dictoresno

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supposed to be 10m, roughly 30ft. i left my phone in the car today and went inside 7-11 to grab something. worked seamlessly from across the parking lot surprisingly.
 

Newtons Apple

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Anyone else with experience that can chime in on this? I'm considering getting the Watch but am hoping it would stay paired to the phone if I for instance leave the phone upstairs and go out to the back yard or to the kitchen downstairs (this is without a router connection).
My Spaceblack AW would not keep a BT connection at my office when I would leave my desk in a small office. It would depend on what is between you and you phone but about 30-40 feet will drop my connection.
 

EdisEdward

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in my condo, i lose connection if my phone is in the living room and if i am in my room, which is about 20 feet away...my experience has not been as great. however, i always have my phone on me except when i am at the gym, where i dont need most of the functionalities except music
 

Bromeo

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This old house with plaster walls seems to reduce 2.4 GHz range used by both Bluetooth and wifi. I get about 10-15 ft useful Bluetooth range from my iPhone 5 in my house. At the edge of that range the watch seems to prefer using Bluetooth even if intermittent. Siri won't work when it's trying to stay on BT at that point. If I move further away, the watch hops onto my wifi network (Airport Extreme with beam forming) and everything works great for about 20-60 ft out, depending on number of walls. Something about plaster... probably similar to concrete.
 

Paul830

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At work, I'm at least 60 feet away from my phone and my watch still stays connected. I'd say it's pretty impressive.
 

Mlrollin91

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I lose connection if I leave my phone by the front door and I'm in the driveway washing my car. (Maybe 20 ft). But I still get a wifi signal because I have an extender in the garage. So I can still receive mail and messages.
 

jsalicru

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Just to follow up on this. Today was the first time back at work since I received my Apple Watch. I wanted to compare the difference in reach to my old Pebble Watch. It's about a 15 foot difference between the two. I have to add that the Apple Watch did reach further than I thought it would.
 

jjp007

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Mine isn't that far when I go into work. I leave my phone at my desk and it disconnects easily once inside. Not happy. :( I hope the Bluetooth range improves quickly!!!