AirPods, AirPod Pros, and other headphones with a W1 or H1 chip, like the Powerbeats Pro, should automatically pair with an Apple Watch. This works if they have already been linked to an iPhone or iPad linked to your iCloud account. If they don’t, you’ll need to do some quick troubleshooting.
Which headphones have the W1 or H1 chip?
At the time of writing, the following Apple and Beats headphones have the W1 or H1 chip. The steps in this guide apply to everyone.
If your headphones aren’t on the list, they’re probably standard Bluetooth headphones. Instead, see our guide to connecting a Bluetooth headset to an Apple Watch for help. (link to the other article please Chris!).
- Apple AirPods 1st Generation (W1)
- Apple AirPods 2nd Generation (H1)
- Apple AirPods Pro (H1)
- BeatsX (W1)
- Beats Studio 3 (W1)
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless (W1)
- Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless (W1)
- Beats Solo Pro (H1)
- Powerbeats Pro (H1)
- Powerbeats (H1)
For the purpose of troubleshooting your headphone connection, there is no difference between the W1 and H1 chips. The H1 is just a newer chip model that allows “Hey Siri” support and otherwise improves the wireless performance of the headphones.
Pair your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad first
If you have a new pair of AirPods, AirPods Pro, or other compatible headphones, pairing them with your iPhone or iPad will automatically pair them with your Apple Watch as long as both devices are signed into the same iCloud account.
First, go to the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
If your headphones have a charging case, like AirPods, AirPods Pro, or Powerbeats Pro, open it next to the iPhone or iPad – with the headphones still inside.
If your headphones have a power button, like the BeatsX or Powerbeats, press it down for a second while holding them next to the iPhone or iPad.
When the configuration animation appears, press “Connect”. Your headphones are now paired with your iPhone and Apple Watch.
Selecting your AirPods on your Apple Watch
Whenever you listen to music or other sound with your Apple Watch, it should automatically come out through your AirPods or other headphones. Otherwise, you can force the selection on your Apple Watch.
With your AirPods or other headphones on and out of their case, swipe up on the home screen of your Apple Watch to access Control Center.
Scroll down and tap on the “Audio Sources” icon.
You should see your headphones listed. Tap on their name to start playing audio through them. If you don’t see them listed, skip to the next section.
Manually pairing your AirPods with your Apple Watch
While you should never have to, it’s worth knowing how to manually pair AirPods and other Apple or Beats headphones with your Apple Watch.
On your Apple Watch, go to Settings> Bluetooth.
If you see your headphones here, they’re ready to pair. Turn them on and keep them nearby to do this.
If you don’t see your headphones here, it’s time to pair them manually.
First, put your headphones into pairing mode. With AirPods, AirPods Pro, and other headphones with a charging case, open the case and press and hold the sync button (on the back or just inside the case) for five seconds. With headphones without a charging case, press and hold the power button for five seconds.
Within seconds, the headset should appear under Devices. Tap them to associate them.
How to pair your AirPods or Bluetooth headphones with an Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is one of the best digital tools you can own and is a great everyday companion. You can monitor your health and exercise, and with the latest models, you can even use them to take better care of your hearing.
Besides taking care of yourself, you can also use Apple Watch for entertainment. And while the Apple Watch won’t work entirely without an iPhone, you can still use it on its own to listen to music like an MP3 player.
To listen to your favorite songs or podcast episodes, you’ll need to connect your AirPods or Bluetooth headphones directly to your Apple Watch. It’s not that hard to do. In fact, if you’ve paired your AirPods to your iPhone, your Apple Watch should automatically pair with them as well.
Whether you’re using regular AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones, here’s how to connect them to your Apple Watch.
How to pair your AirPods with your Apple Watch
Chances are, you’ve already paired your AirPods with your Apple Watch without even realizing it. In most cases, as soon as you pair your AirPods with your iPhone, your Apple Watch will also be paired.
But if it wasn’t, here’s what you need to do:
If you want to go for a longer route, you can also connect your AirPods by going to your Apple Watch settings like this:
How to pair your Bluetooth headset with your Apple Watch
Even if you’re not using AirPods, the Apple Watch still lets you connect your own Bluetooth headphones. Fortunately, the steps are similar to what you would do when pairing some AirPods. Here is what you need to do:
Your Apple Watch can be paired with different Bluetooth devices, and even connect heart rate monitors, not just headphones. These are the steps you need to follow to connect any bluetooth device to your Apple Watch.
How to unpair your bluetooth headphones or any other device
Keeping track of the devices connected to your Apple Watch is just as important as it is to your iPhone. If you’ve stopped using a pair of headphones or any other Bluetooth device and want to remove it from your Apple Watch, here are the steps you can take:
HOW TO CONNECT, USE AND SET UP AIRPODS ON APPLE WATCH
If you prefer to pair your headphones with your watch before your iPhone, you can:
- go to Settings > Bluetooth ;
- open the case, with the headphones inside, near the Mac;
- press the (single) button behind the housing until the white LED flashes;
- tap on the name of your AirPods.
Find your AirPods to use, set up, and unpair them
After a 1st connection, learn how to find them to connect, configure and dissociate your AirPods.
By default, your headphones will connect to the last device used, if it is in range. To change it, simply find it among the Bluetooth devices.
The configuration made on one device is saved for AirPods on any other iDevice.
Sur Apple Watch
When you listen to music from your Apple Watch, you can access settings such as noise reduction:
- open audio content;
- press the AirPlay audio button;
- select the options that suit you in “Noise control”: Non, Noise reduction, Transparency.
View the battery status of your AirPods
AirPods have a great battery life, especially if they are only used with audio. You would certainly like to know their remaining charge level before they beep in your ears when they’re at 10%, prompting you to plug them in.
For your iDevices can communicate to you the charge level of your AirPods, at a minimum, you will need to open the case;
- you can see the earpiece battery removed from its case and in useeven with the case closed, even if there is only one earphone out of 2 output;
- to know the case charge level, it must be opened with at least one earphone inside.
The case does not allow an accurate measurement of the battery, but a, weak, indication.
No matter what case you have (wired, wireless charging case, or AirPods Pro case) there is one, and only one, indicator light.
This small light indicates the charge level of the headphones, if they are in the case. Otherwise, it’s the battery.
Except that the precision is not there. The indicator light has only 3 possibilities:
- vert, the battery is 100% full;
- orange the battery is not at 100%, in other words, it is between 1% and 99%;
- extinct, the battery is (completely) discharged.
So that your Apple Watch can tell you the percentage remaining on your headphones, your AirPods must be in use on your iPhone or Apple Watch.
- bring up the Control Center;
- press the battery level of your ride,
- note, under the Reserve mode, information from your headphones.