How to Connect Your Samsung Galaxy Watch to an iPhone

How to Connect Your Samsung Galaxy Watch to an iPhone


For those who are waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, a prominent tipster recently leaked the renders showing the classic design of the Galaxy Watch 3 reminiscent of the original smartwatch from the South Korean tech giant.

According to Android Authority, it has the same look as a regular watch, but more than the common appearance of many smartwatches today, including that of Apple.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch could be paired with an iPhone device–but how well would it work?

That’s why many people would instead choose a Samsung Galaxy Watch over other smartwatches. However, the problem is that many of them have iPhone devices instead of a Samsung or at least an Android phone. The good news it that you can still you both devices.

Connecting a Samsung Galaxy Watch to an iPhone

That’s what we’re here to answer today. The Galaxy Watch–especially if the Galaxy Watch 3 comes out–will be able to connect to iOS devices that run on iOS 9.0 and later, which will be available on iPhones 5 and newer models.

However, iPhone 6 and 6S+ owners running on iOS 10 and later might have stability issues. According to TechWiser, it’s easy to connect a Samsung Galaxy Watch to any iPhone. All you need to do is download the Galaxy Watch app from the App Store and turn your Bluetooth on. 

From there, click “Pair a New Device,” then select your phone’s model and simply follow the on-screen instructions you’ll see on both devices.

Once connected, you should see the home screen of the Galaxy Watch app on your iPhone, allowing you to change specific settings, including notifications, music, sound and display, and more.

The only feature that you really can’t use on the smartwatch is the camera, since it does not have an in-built app, nor does the App Store on the watch have one.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch supported features

Here are the following features that are partially supported:

Text messaging

Unfortunately, a Samsung Galaxy Watch paired with an iPhone does not support texting. However, if you use third-party apps, you’ll get notified of new messages–but you won’t be allowed to reply using the smartwatch, not even an emoticon or a preset. Still, you can open the message and read it.

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The Galaxy Watch runs on iOS 9.0 and later.

Voice Assistant

Samsung has its own AI, Bixby, that was released back in 2017. Bixby is now available on the Samsung Galaxy Watch, so you can activate it and command it to do simple tasks for you.

Meanwhile, Siri won’t be helpful when connected to the smartwatch, as it would simply tell you to continue the action on your iPhone. Since Bixby does an excellent job on the Galaxy Watch, you can rely on it for easy commands.


When you connect an iPhone to a Galaxy Watch, you’ll be missing the Email app, which is disappointing and perhaps bad news for people who rely on emails for their work.

Nevertheless, you’ll still receive a notification on the watch if you’ve received an email, which some believe is fine given that typing on the watch’s interface isn’t applicable, so you’ll still end up using your phone for that.

App Store

As you might have deduced, the App Store only partially works when you connect a Samsung Galaxy Watch to an iPhone, so expect some apps that you won’t be able to see and use.

When it comes to fully supported features and apps, there are actually a lot:

  • Calling
  • Notifications
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Sleep tracking
  • Find my Device
  • PPT controller
  • Fitness tracking
  • Music

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Watch, and perhaps the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, is actually a good pair with an iPhone, despite some missing apps and partially supported features.

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