How to Use Facebook on Apple Watch

Keep up with friends with little to no effort

What to Know

  • Send yourself an email with in the body.
  • Open the Mail app on the Apple Watch and tap the Facebook link in the email.
  • Log in to your Facebook account. Enter the two-factor authentication if prompted to do so.

This article explains how to open Facebook on the Apple Watch using watchOS 5 and higher. It also includes information on how to flag the email to make it easy to find for future use and for using the Messenger app.

How to Open Facebook on Your Apple Watch

While there isn't a Safari browser on your Apple Watch, the WebKit engine introduced in watchOS 5 allows a full web page to be opened when tapping a link in an email or text message. While these web pages won't have all of the functionality of your iPhone or laptop, which means you won't be able to watch YouTube videos, you can consume most other content from Facebook. In fact, Facebook automatically formats for the Apple Watch's screen, so you'll be amazed at just how easy it is to read updates.

  1. Compose an email message to yourself. In the body of the email, place the following on a line by itself:

  2. Send the email message to an account you have set up for the Mail program on your iPhone. This allows you to read the email message on your Apple Watch.

  3. On your Apple Watch, launch the Mail app. When you open the inbox, swipe down on the screen to force the Mail client to download new messages.

  4. After the email appears on your Apple Watch, tap the Facebook link.

    An Apple Watch with an email message containing a Facebook link
    Apple, Inc.
  5. After Facebook loads, log in to your account. The Apple Watch will remember your login credentials, so you should only need to log in once.

If you have two-factor authentication enabled for Facebook, you may be prompted to enter a code Facebook sends to another one of your devices.

How to Flag the Facebook Email

Why an email message instead of a text message? A text message sent to yourself will also get the job done, but the great thing about an email message is the ability to flag it. This makes it easier to find the email in the future when you want to browse Facebook on your Apple Watch. Flagged messages appear as an additional mailbox under Gmail, Yahoo! and your other inboxes.

You can flag the email message with the Facebook link by holding your finger on the Apple Watch display while the message is on screen (or by scrolling down and selecting Flag in later versions of watchOS). Tap Flag in the menu that pops up and the email message will appear in the Flagged inbox for easy future reference.

This trick will work with most other websites as well, but advanced features such as streaming video may not work, which means no streaming from Netflix to your watch... yet.

How to Use Facebook Messenger on Apple Watch

If your main concern is chatting with friends, you don't need a workaround to use Facebook Messenger on your Apple Watch. Just download the Messenger app. If you already have Messenger on your iPhone, you should already have access to Facebook Messenger on your Apple Watch. However, it may be set not to display on your watch.

The messenger settings for Apple Watch
  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone. (A quick way to do this is to launch spotlight search and type in "watch.")

  2. If you want to check to see if Messenger is already installed, tap the My Watch button at the bottom of the screen and scroll down until you reach the "Installed On Apple Watch" section. If Messenger is listed, tap it to confirm Show App on Apple Watch is turned on.

  3. If the Messenger app is in the "Available Apps" section, tap Install next to it to install it on the Apple Watch.

  4. If you don't see the app in either section, you need to add the app to your Apple Watch. Tap the Search button at the bottom of the screen and type "Messenger" into the search box. (In later versions of the watchOS, tap Discover > Explore Watch Apps and search for Messenger.)

    Tap the Get button or the button with the cloud to download the app to your watch.

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