How to use mobile data on your Apple Watch without a connected iPhone

Gustav Emilio

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To use mobile data on your Apple Watch without a connected iPhone, you need to have an Apple Watch that supports cellular connectivity (Series 3 or later with a cellular model) and an active cellular plan from a supported carrier.

Here’s how you can set up cellular on your Apple Watch:

  1. Check compatibility: Ensure that your Apple Watch and carrier support cellular connectivity. You can check the list of supported carriers on Apple’s website.
  2. Set up your cellular plan: When you first set up your Apple Watch, you’ll have the option to add a cellular plan during the setup process. If you skipped this step or want to add a new plan, follow these steps: a. Open the “Watch” app on your iPhone. b. Tap the “My Watch” tab. c. Tap “Cellular.” d. Tap “Set Up Cellular” or “Add a New Plan.” e. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate your cellular plan.

Note that depending on your carrier, you might need to contact them directly to activate your plan.

  1. Enable cellular on your Apple Watch: Once your plan is set up, you can enable cellular connectivity on your Apple Watch by doing the following:a. On your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center. b. Tap the cellular icon (it looks like an antenna) to turn cellular on or off. When it’s green and displays signal strength, it’s connected to your carrier’s network.
  2. Use your Apple Watch without iPhone: With cellular enabled on your Apple Watch, you can now use it without your iPhone. You can make calls, send messages, and use apps that require an internet connection, all while your iPhone is turned off or out of range.

Keep in mind that using cellular on your Apple Watch will consume more battery life, so be prepared to charge it more frequently. Additionally, some features and apps may still require a connection to your iPhone.

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