How to Play Music on Your Apple Watch

Listen to some tunes whether or not you have your iPhone

What to Know

  • On your iPhone, make a playlist of the music you want to transfer to your Apple Watch.
  • Tap the Watch app on your iPhone. Select My Watch > Music and tap the playlist (or an album) you want to sync with your watch.
  • Put the Apple Watch on its charger and confirm Bluetooth is active on the iPhone. Place the phone near the watch to sync.

This article explains how to add music to your Apple Watch by syncing it with your iPhone. It also includes information on how to control your iPhone's music library using the Apple Watch.

How to Add Music to an Apple Watch

If you like to listen to music on the go, whether you're commuting or you're out on a run around the neighborhood, you'll want to configure your Apple Watch to play music.

Here's how to transfer music from your iPhone to the smartwatch.

  1. Prepare a selection of your favorite music to sync to your Apple Watch by making a playlist on your iPhone.

  2. Connect the Apple Watch to its charger and confirm that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone.

  3. Go to the Watch app on your iPhone. Tap My Watch > Music.

  4. Under Playlists & Albums, tap Add Music, and choose the playlist or album you want to sync to your watch.

    Add Music to Apple Watch from iPhone
  5. Place the iPhone near the Apple Watch on its charger to begin the sync.

  6. When the sync is complete, tap the Music app on the Apple Watch.

  7. Go to the playlist you made or browse through other options. Tap to start listening to your music.

Because there's no headphone jack on the Apple Watch, you need a set of Bluetooth headphones to listen to music playing on the smartwatch.

How to Use an Apple Watch to Control What's Playing on an iPhone

You can also use your Apple Watch to control the music playback on your iPhone. In this case, the playback happens on your phone rather than your watch, so you need headphones plugged into or paired with your phone. However, you can control the music playback directly from the watch; no need to take out your phone. Just follow these steps.

  1. Open the Music app from your Apple Watch home screen.

  2. Scroll up to choose your iPhone as the source for playing music and then tap Now Playing to view what's currently playing on your iPhone.

    Now Playing on Apple Watch

    At this point, you have a variety of options for controlling playback. The one you choose likely depends on the music service you prefer.

  3. If you use Apple Music, tap Quick Play to pull up a random selection of songs from this service's recommendations for you. You can also listen to the Beats 1 radio station.

  4. You can also tap My Music to see your music library and choose what you want to listen to by artist, song, or album. 

You can also use Siri (provided voice commands are enabled on your Apple Watch) to control music playback. Siri searches for music that fits your query on both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

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