Apple Watch compatibility with iPhone — 2022

When buying a new Apple Watch, it is possible that one of the questions you ask yourself is if your iPhone is compatible to be able to link them. There are some limitations when it comes to external hardware that you may not be aware of. In this article we explain all the iPhones that are compatible with the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Compatibility

Among the requirements that are needed to be able to use an Apple Watch, is that of having an iPhone that is compatible. And no, an android does not work nor any Apple smartphone. Because although the vast majority of iPhones are compatible with these smartwatches, not all of them work. Some of the company's watches were compatible with older iPhones, but if you want to have the watch on its latest software version available, they will only be compatible with some models.

iPhones compatible with Apple Watch

    Apple Watch (original):
    • iPhone 5s
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
    Apple Watch Series 1:
    • iPhone 5s
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
    Apple Watch Series 2:
    • iPhone 5s
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
    Apple Watch Series 3:
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
    Apple Watch Series 4:
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
    Apple Watch Series 5:
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
    Apple Watch Series 6:
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
    Apple Watch SE:
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
    Apple Watch Series 7:
    • iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone SE (1st generation)
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone XS / XS Max
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
    • iPhone 12 / 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 13 / 13 mini
    • iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max

control center apple watch



On any of these devices, as long as they are up to date , the corresponding 'Clock' application will appear to make the link. In the case of having a previous device you will not have access to these functions and therefore you will not be able to configure any type of smart watch. This may be basically due to the limitations regarding operating systems that those older computers have as they cannot be updated anymore, and some have even been left without support.

As an addition to this, tell you that if you have a iPhone 4s , no matter how hard you try to force compatibility, you won't be able to do it. It may be that at a given moment you can have minimal compatibility, but with infinitely fewer functions than with a model that does have this compatibility.

Dependency between iOS and watchOS

One of the problems that occurs when a new version of watchOS comes out is the dependency it has on iOS. Both operating systems go hand in hand at all times and it is always required to have installed the generations that have come out together. For example, in the case of using an Apple Watch with watchOS 6, it is necessary that the iPhone has iOS 13 or a later version installed.

Apple Watch

This may be due to the fact that to link the clock to the iPhone it is necessary to have the native iPhone application 'Clock' to be able to carry out the configuration. It is also a reality that they are dependent equipment to function by collecting data and copying notifications from the mobile itself. That is why you must always have both computers fully updated to work correctly with the latest version available. Otherwise, it is possible that the two computers do not finish linking or work correctly. This can be a problem for jailbreak lovers or those who simply do not want to continue evolving with each update for fear of bugs. This means that if a new watch is purchased, it must be updated so that the pairing can be carried out.

What if the iPhone does not recognize your Apple Watch?

Below we explain what steps you must follow to solve the possible problems that could make you think that your watch is not compatible with your iPhone model, something that could not really be happening and that nevertheless the watch is showing symptoms of not being compatible .

Compatibility and updates

The first thing we recommend you do is check if your iPhone is really compatible with your Apple Watch, for this you have a list of compatible iPhone models at the beginning of this post. If your iPhone is on this list, it means that the problem that it does not recognize the Apple Watch is something else, such as not being correctly updated.

Also due to what was previously mentioned in reference to the symbiosis between iOS and watchOS, you will need to have both devices updated to their latest available version. In the case of the iPhone you must go to Settings> General> Software update. You must follow the same route on the Apple Watch, although in the case of this you can also check if there is any update from the iPhone, by going to the Watch app, My Clock tab and General > Software update.

Check the Bluetooth connection

In order to connect the Apple Watch to the iPhone, you need to have the Bluetooth connection active on both devices, so check that this is the case on your iPhone. You can do it in two different ways, the first one is through the control center, which you can access by swiping from top to bottom at the top right of your iPhone if it has Face ID or by swiping from bottom to top at the bottom screen if your iPhone does not have Face ID.

If the Bluetooth symbol is blue, it is activated. The second way is through Settings, so go to it and tap on Bluetooth to check if the connection is active. You can also try to reset all settings and connections from Settings > General > Reset, but without actually erasing the contents of the device. In this way you will help to restore the connection processes.

check bluetooth

Reboot both devices

After verifying that your iPhone is compatible and that the Bluetooth connection is active, it is time to restart both devices. In this way you will allow that, if any process that is being carried out in one of the two devices is the trigger for making the connection impossible, it will disappear. It is advisable to carry out the restart process at least once every two weeks on both devices, so that those processes that have been blocked are restarted and everything works correctly.

Once both devices are turned on again, it will only be a matter of entering their respective security codes and trying to link them again. If at this point you can't get them to connect, the most convenient thing would be to go to Apple's technical support to check what may be happening so that the connection between the two doesn't occur.

restart apple watch

Restore is almost always the solution

If after having carried out the steps described above, you still cannot connect your iPhone and your Apple Watch, what we recommend you do is restore both devices, that is, leave them as you received them when you bought them. The first one you have to start with is the Apple Watch. The most common way to do it is through the iPhone itself, however, that is precisely the problem, that the connection between the two does not work, therefore, you will have to do it through the Apple watch itself. Here are the steps to follow.

  1. On the Apple Watch you must follow the path Settings> General> Reset and click on the option Delete contents and settings .
  2. If you have an LTE watch, you will have to choose whether to keep or delete the data plan.
    reset apple watch
  3. Confirm that we want to carry out this option by clicking on Erase .
  4. Enter your unlock code.

Once this is done, you have to go to the iPhone and perform the relevant restoration. To do this, our advice is to first save a backup with all the data you have stored on the device, but be careful, this copy is not to be loaded onto the device after performing the restore, since the goal is to leave it completely new . This is because in many situations problems can be dragged through the backup, so in this case you will have to leave the iPhone as new. Here are the steps you have to follow to do so.

  1. Make a backup.
  2. Turn off Find My iPhone.
  3. Connect iPhone to Mac.
  4. Open the Finder window.
  5. Select the device in the left sidebar of the Finder window.
  6. Make sure you turn off Find My iPhone/iPad
  7. Click General and then click Restore iPhone/iPad.
  8. click on Download and restore.
  9. Enter the access code.