- Since the Apple Watch comes with 16 GB of memory, you can download music onto your Apple Watch without an iPhone, but the speaker isn’t loud enough to enjoy it.
- One can add music to the Apple Watch from Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and more, with a few simple steps.
- The best way to hear music on your Apple Watch is to pair your watch with Air Pods or headphones using Bluetooth.
Since the day the Apple Watch was first released to the public on April 24, 2015, it has helped revolutionize not only the wearable industry but also how we listen to music. Whether it’s for fitness, fashion, or fun, the Apple Watch is more than just a device to quickly read important emails and messages or make quick payments to Starbucks. Not to mention the health benefits of the Apple Watch like heart rate monitoring, fall detection, or ECG.
There is also one more benefit many Apple users are likely unaware of and that’s being able to play music directly from the watch. It’s likely safe to say that many Apple Watch owners only consider playing music with their iPhones. However, did you know that you can in fact play music from your watch without your iPhone? Well, sort of, let’s take a deeper dive into what’s actually possible with the Apple Watch as far as streaming music.
This is a question Apple Watch owners have been asking from the very moment the Apple Watch was released. The reality is that even if you could play downloaded or stream music directly from the Apple Watch, you wouldn’t want to. The built-in speaker on the Apple Watch is great for taking quick phone calls but it’s hardly loud enough to properly enjoy music. Apple takes music very seriously and they wouldn’t want their customers to have a sub-par experience with the Apple Watch.
So while the answer to the question of playing music directly from the Apple Watch is no, that’s not the whole story. What you can do is listen to music from your watch without the need for an iPhone. As all modern Apple Watch models include at least 16GB of internal storage, there is plenty of onboard memory to download a good-sized selection of songs. In fact, that’s more than enough storage to download a few hours’ worth of music directly to the watch memory. Doing this is actually quite easy and you can have music on your Apple Watch in just a few minutes.
Getting started with adding music to your Apple Watch is very simple. This whole process shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes regardless of whether you are using Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc.
1. Begin by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and going to the “My Watch” tab. Tap on “Add Music” and you’ll jump over to Apple Music where you can add a playlist, album, compilation, etc.
2. Once you’ve chosen the playlist, etc., hit the plus symbol at the very top right of the screen to start adding music. Each playlist or compilation will show a status bar as its syncing to the Apple Watch. Quick note that in order to properly sync your music, your Apple Watch needs to be on a charger.
Listening to music from Spotify on your Apple Watch is also possible, you just handle it a little differently than Apple Music. In this case, you’ll need the Spotify app installed on both the Apple Watch and your iPhone plus a Premium subscription.
1. To download tracks or playlists directly to your watch, swipe right while you are on the Apple Watch home screen, find the playlist you’d like to download, and hit the download arrow.
2. Note that Spotify only allows up to 100 downloads per playlist and caps the total amount of downloads at up to ten hours depending on which Apple Watch you own.
Rest assured that Apple Music and Spotify are not the only two music streaming services that let you listen to your music through the Apple Watch. Pandora, iHeartRadio, Radio.FM, TIDAL and so many more all allow both streaming and offline listening through the Apple Watch without the need for an iPhone. For streaming, the only requirement is that you have a cellular-compatible Apple Watch otherwise downloading songs is the way to listen.
Pairing Bluetooth headphones to your Apple Watch is the easiest way you’ll be able to stream music or listen to downloaded songs offline.
1. Start by putting your Bluetooth headphones in their pairing mode. For AirPods, this might be just holding them near the Apple Watch or holding a button on non-AirPod models to start their pairing mode.
2. On the Apple Watch, go to Settings > Bluetooth and your Apple Watch will begin searching for any nearby Bluetooth headphones.
3. Choose the Bluetooth headphones once you see them listed on the watch and if necessary, enter a pin if prompted.
4. You’ll use the same steps if you want to connect a Bluetooth-compatible portable speaker. Just choose the speaker instead of a headphone name in the list of available Bluetooth devices.
Using the steps above to connect a Bluetooth headphone or connecting to Bluetooth speakers, you can easily stream music through the Apple Watch. The only caveat is that you have a cellular model of the Apple Watch and are connected through a live cellular connection.
It’s worth noting that for Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. none of the Apple Watch apps are as fully featured so you won’t have the entirety of the music catalog available. Instead, you’re going to have better luck with recent playlists, tracks, or albums.
In the following video, Tech IRL demonstrates how to stream music on your Apple Watch via the most popular streaming services.
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