The fact that every Apple Watch pairs to an iPhone has its advantages. Besides constantly sharing connectivity and data between the two devices, this link can be helpful in certain situations. Finding a misplaced iPhone can often involve going to a computer or iPad to launch the Find My app. From there, the iPhone can be seen on a map or placed into Lost Mode.
Some Apple Watch owners are experiencing a problem where the screen goes blank and never comes back. The permanently blank screen issue has affected a small percentage of Apple Watch units manufactured between April and September 2021. Only Apple Watch Series 6 models in the 40mm size have displays that turn off and stay off due to this problem.
Apple Watch utilizes nearby Wi-Fi, cellular data plans, and pairing with an iPhone to stay connected. What happens when Apple Watch is away from its paired iPhone?
The Apple Watch can perform many functions solely over a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, no iPhone required. If your iPhone is not available, the Apple Watch can still do the things in this list:
Apple Watch connectivity depends on built-in Wi-Fi, pairing with a nearby iPhone, and in some models a cellular network data plan. What happens when Apple Watch goes offline?
The Apple Watch can perform many functions offline, if the device becomes disconnected from wireless internet access or your iPhone is not available. Here is a list of what Apple Watch can do offline: