Apple Watch: How to play music without your iPhone

Apple Watch enables you to play music to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. You can load up to 2 GB of music in the internal storage of the device, and play the songs back directly to headphones or speakers connected via Bluetooth. On Apple Watch, you can view the music organized by albums songs, artists, playlists. You can skip quickly forward or backward between songs. You can also control the volume by turning the Digital Crown.

Apple Watch: How to play music without your iPhone

  • Lift your wrist to wake Apple Watch.
  • On the Home screen that appears tap Music to open the Music app. If the Music app displays the screen other then the Music screen, tap the button in the upper-left corner one or more times to display the Music screen.
  • Force-touch the screen to open the Options screen.
  • Tap Source, and the Source screen will appear. However iPhone appears as a source only if iPhone and Apple Watch are connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
  • Tap Apple Watch and the AirPlay screen will appear. If Apple Watch is currently connected to an AirPlay device, Apple Watch will simply use that device. In this case, the AirPlay screen will not appear. Turn on the Bluetooth device if it is currently turned off.
  • Tap the device you want to use, and the Music screen will appear.
  • Now tap the view you want to use: Artists, Albums, Songs, Playlists.
  • When the corresponding screen appears, tap the artist you want to hear, or the album, the song you want to play or the playlist.
  • You can tap Previous to go back to the beginning of the current song. Tap Previous again and you’ll go back to the beginning of the previous song.
  • Tap Pause to pause playback or tap Play to restart playback.
  • Tap Next to skip to the next song.
  • To change the volume, tap Quieter or Louder. You can also turn the Digital Crown to change the volume.
  • When the music is playing to your satisfaction, click the Digital Crown, and the watch face will appear.
  • Swipe up, and the Glances screen will appear.

A Few Tips about Apple Watch

Check in on storage: There’s a decent amount of room on the Apple Watch to accommodate your music. However if you want to see how much storage you have to play with, go to the Apple Watch Companion app, then go to General and then select Usage. Here you’ll be able to get a breakdown of how much space apps are taking up.

How to Add Music to Your Watch: Adding MP3s to your Apple Watch may be not strictly necessary, but if you’re out for a run without your iPhone, this possibility can be useful. To get your music on the Watch you first need to create a playlist on your iPhone, and then go to the Apple Watch companion app. Once in the companion app, choose the Music app from the list on the phone. Then choose your playlist. Now it will start syncing. If however it does not start, stick your Watch on its charging pad. You will not be able to see your music until you pair some wireless headphones, which is done via the Bluetooth part of the settings menu. Once they’re synced, go to the Music app on the Apple Watch, and long press to show synced playlists. You will be able now to play music.

How to Reorganize Apps: You can change the order of your apps on that familiar home screen in the companion app. Just choose App Layout. Then press and hold on the tiles and move them about the honeycomb, like a game of wearable blockbusters.

How to Use Third-party Complications: Added to the mix in watchOS 2, information can now be drawn from third-party apps into watch faces. The main face for this is the Modular, but Utility and Chronograph also have options for adding data from the likes of CityMapper and AccuWeather too.

How to Wipe Notifications: If you’re overburdened by notifications you can wipe your history by swiping down from the top of your screen to access a chronological list. Once displayed you can delete them all by long pressing the screen then tapping Clear All.

How to Time Travel through the Day: Scrolling the digital crown when using a watch face that supports calendar features – Modular or Utility – will enable you to cycle through upcoming or past events in your calendar. If you press the Digital Crown, this will return you to the present, once again.

How to Transfer a call to iPhone: Suppose you received a call on your Apple Watch. However you prefer to continue it on your iPhone? It is easy, just accept the call from the smartwatch and swipe up to send it over to the paired iPhone.

How to Re-open the Last Used App: Switching between apps is easy. To do so, jump back to the last used app by double-tapping the Digital Crown.

How to Trim Notifications: By default, your Apple Watch will show any notification that appears on your iPhone,. You can turn each one off individually, to quell the digital noise. To do so, in the iPhone’s Apple Watch app menu tap Notifications and scroll down to ‘mirror iPhone alerts from’ and start turning off those annoying offenders.


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How to play music from your Apple Watch without your iPhone. Published by ian fann on January 20, 2015


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