We can not deny the fact that the Apple Watch is an impeccable result of technical perfection. However, it always depends on a number of third-party reasons to perform seamlessly. One such reason is ‘Connection.’ ‘Connect to Wi-Fi’ errors can be called one of the most common reasons that hinder gadget performance. Understanding that there can be different explanations behind it, finding the root cause can be tedious. Let’s try to learn more about the error and explore opportunities to correct them.
Why won’t Apple Watch connect to Wi-Fi?
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the Wi-Fi network failure on the Apple Watch. But such a problem can arise if,
- Apple Watch is not updated to the latest watchOS.
- The Wi-Fi network you are trying to connect to has poor connectivity.
- There is a problem with the Wi-Fi router or modem.
How to Fix Wi-Fi Problems on Apple Watch
Can you relate to any of these errors? If not, do not worry, we would suggest that you try the bug fixes mentioned below one after the other. We̵
- Compatible Wi-Fi for Apple Watch
- Turn off the mirror iPhone feature
- Turn Wi-Fi ON / OFF
- Forget a Wi-Fi network and reconnect
- Restart Apple Watch and iPhone
- Enable or disable airplane mode
- Reset Apple Watch
1. Compatible Wi-Fi for Apple Watch
It may sound strange, but the Apple Watch can only connect to an 802.11b / g / n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. If the network you are trying to connect to does not conform to these standards, the watch may not connect and report an error.
2. Turn off the mirror iPhone feature
When the Mirror iPhone is activated, and both the Apple Watch and the iPhone are in Bluetooth range, turning on Airplane mode on one device will cause another to follow the same. So if iPhone is in airplane mode, Apple Watch should have it enabled. And that may be why you can not connect to Wi-Fi. To turn off this feature,
- Start See app on iPhone.
- Go to General section.
- Select Flight mode.
- Turn off Mirror iPhone.
After disabling it, try connecting to the Wi-Fi network.
3. Turn Wi-Fi ON / OFF
Turning Wi-Fi on and off is the fastest way to solve this problem. At some point, it may seem silly, but doing so actually eliminates minor problems in the Wi-Fi system and refreshes the watch’s ability to perform wireless functions.
After turning it off and then on, try connecting to a network and see if it works.
4. Forget a Wi-Fi network and reconnect
To do so on the Apple Watch,
- Swipe up on the dial.
- Touch and hold the Wi-Fi icon.
- Press Wi-Fi network you are trying to connect.
- Scroll down and press Forget this network.
- Press Forget to confirm.
- Now turn off Wi-Fi and then on again.
- Tap the same network to reconnect.
- Enter the security password using the iPhone keyboard or gestures on your watch.
Check if you are able to connect. If not, try another hack!
5. Restart Apple Watch and iPhone
Restarting both devices should resolve the issue.
- Press and hold the side button on the device screen.
- Slide to turn off the clock.
- Hold down the side button to turn on.
If you still do not work, go to another solution.
Enable or disable airplane mode
Turning on Airplane mode is an effective way to troubleshoot minor software issues and network failures on your device. And it can also fix the Wi-Fi connection error.
- To open Settings app on your watch.
- Press Flight mode.
- Turn on Flight mode.
- Now that it’s on, restart your Apple Watch.
- Visit the same Flight mode settings and turn it off.
- Touch Digital Crown to return to the main screen.
Now, turn on Wi-Fi and connect to the Wi-Fi network. If that does not work, try another solution.
7. Reset Apple Watch
If your watch still does not connect to Wi-Fi after resetting the modem and trying all the solutions, you can proceed with this step. Before proceeding, make sure you have backed up all your watch data.
- To open Settings app on your watch.
- Go to General.
- Scroll down and press Reset.
- Press Delete all content and settings.
- Press Delete everything to confirm.
This can also be done from the Watch app on the iPhone. Start See app → My watch → General → Reset settings → Press Delete Apple Watch content and settings.
Let the Apple Watch complete the reset process and restore the factory settings. When you’re done, restart your Apple Watch and pair it with your iPhone. Once configured and paired, try connecting to Wi-Fi and see if it works.
We hope you can now connect to Wi-Fi. If not, you may need to contact your ISP or configure your Wi-Fi modem settings accordingly. If the problem persists, contact Apple Support and have this error fixed. If you need more help or have questions regarding these solutions, please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below. Can’t get Apple Watch alerts? Read this quick guide with helpful tips.