Can You Pair An Apple Watch With An iPad?

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If you own an iPhone then chances are you also own an iPad. You might have looked for Apple Watch app in the App Store & not been able to find it on your iPad.

Are you wondering whether or not you can pair Apple Watch with an iPad? If so then why is that?

It’s simply because Apple Watch only supports iOS devices. That’s why you can‘t pair the Apple Watch with iPad Pro, Air, or any other model. iPad series is powered by Apple’s iPad OS which is technically a different OS.

In this article, I have talked about why is that the case & some potential workarounds for this. Let’s start without any delay.

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You cannot pair Apple Watch with an iPad. However, after pairing Apple Watch on your iPhone you can use the Fitness+ app on your iPad. Using it, you will be able to start workouts on your Apple Watch & monitor other metrics from your iPad.

Reasons Why You Can’t Pair An Apple Watch With An iPad?

There are various reasons why Apple does not allow you to connect Apple Watch to iPad Pro, Air, or any other model. I will discuss most of them one by one.

Apple Watch Requires Active Connection

Apple Watch syncs your steps to your iPhone in real time which is a battery drain. On other hand, iPad is a device that Apple believes is mostly used by professionals so the battery is an important factor.

So most features like notifications, Siri, activity sync, & more won’t work unless you keep the Watch connected. Obviously, you can choose to not use the features on the watch but that’s not how Apple envisioned you using the watch. That’s why Apple has decided to not support iPad for Watch connectivity.

These issues can be fixed by using the cellular variant of the watch but that model is usually very expensive.

Cellular & Non Cellular

iPad is available in cellular as well as non-cellular variants. This can lead to a sub-par experience if you pair the watch with a non-cellular iPad variant. A lot of features like Siri & apps installed will not function properly if iPad doesn’t have an active connection.

Primary/Personal Device

iPad generally is a secondary device & that’s not the device Apple would want users to connect their Apple Watch. If you want to reply to text messages, check the latest IM notifications, & do more then iPhone is the device you would want to connect to.

Connect Your Apple Watch To The Fitness+ App On iPad

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The only way to use Apple Watch on your iPad is through Fitness+. The reason for that is the Fitness+ app which is available & supported by iPads as well as iPhones.

To connect Apple Watch to the iPad make sure you are using the same Apple ID on iPad, iPhone, & Apple Watch.

Once you have installed & logged into the Fitness+ app on your iPhone then you can start workout using the iPad on the watch.

The drawback of this method though is that it is only useful for syncing health metrics & tracking workouts using the Apple Watch.

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How Do I Pair My Apple Watch With My iPhone and iPad?

Apple Watch can only be paired with an iPhone. It doesn’t support iPad OS which powers the iPad device.

How Do I Put Apple Watch App On My iPad?

You can’t because Apple Watch doesn’t support iPad & Apple considers iPad to be a professional use device.

Can An Apple Watch Be Used Without A Phone?

Yes, you can use most features of the Apple Watch without a phone. However, some features like Siri & text reply require an active connection to iPhone.

Can You Use Apple Watch With iPad And Android Phone?

No, the Apple Watch doesn’t support iPad & Android devices.

Tom Nielson

Tom's love for watches started when his grandfather gifted him his Rolex watch when he turned 18! Being a teenager it was a big deal for him. Later when he got his first job he bought Fossil Palm Pilot back in 2003 which was a smartwatch. Since then smartwatches have come a long way and so is Tom's love for them. His experience with watches inspired him to start Wearholic and share his knowledge of wearables including watches, smartwatches, smart glasses, & smart clothing.

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