How To Pair Bluetooth Headphones To Apple Watch?

How To Pair Bluetooth Headphones To Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is a line of smartwatches developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Inc. It is a wearable device that combines fitness tracking, health monitoring, communication, and smart features into a compact wrist-worn device. But, how to pair Bluetooth headphones to it?

To pair Bluetooth headphones with an Apple Watch, use a Bluetooth connection. Simply, activate Bluetooth on both devices, keep them within the Bluetooth range (10 meters or 30 feet), and pair them.

How To Pair Bluetooth Headphones to Apple Watch?

To pair Bluetooth headphones to an Apple watch, do the following.

1. Activate Pairing Mode

Put headphones into pairing mode

When the headphones are in pairing mode, they become discoverable and ready to be paired with other source devices (e.g. smartphone, tablet, computer, or smartwatch). Most Bluetooth headphones will enter pairing mode automatically once powered up.

Press the Bluetooth button () for 3 seconds to manually activate pairing mode. Usually, the Bluetooth button will have a flashing blue (or a different color) light and will release a short sound when in pairing mode.

Note: Bluetooth headphones will automatically pair with known nearby devices. So, if the light indicator isn’t blinking, it means the device is already paired with another device. It’s best to turn off Bluetooth to nearby devices (such as your phone) or move the headphones out of the Bluetooth range for known devices.

2. Activate Bluetooth on Apple Watch.

To activate Bluetooth on an Apple watch, do the following.

  1. Unlock your Apple Watch.
  2. Press the “Settings” menu.
  3. Scroll down, and press “Bluetooth“.
  4. The Apple Watch will automatically start to search for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  5. Wait until the “Headphones name or brand” shows on the list.
  6. Once it shows, press it and both devices will pair.


  1. Open the Apple Watch Control Center.
  2. Tap the Audio Output icon.
  3. Tap Connect a Device.
  4. Tap the name of your headphones.
  5. Return to the Apple Watch Control Center > Audio Output, and tap the name of your headphones to change the sound output.
  6. Open an Audio program (such as “Music”) and play music.

Note: Some certain Beats headphones don’t require you to manually connect to the Apple Watch. As long as they are paired to your iPhone or Apple TV, they will automatically pair to your Apple Watch thanks to Apple’s W1 technology.

How To Unpair Bluetooth Headphones From Apple Watch?

You can unpair Bluetooth headphones from an Apple watch by keeping both devices outside the Bluetooth range (10 meters or 30 feet) of each other.

To prevent auto-connection once they are back within the Bluetooth range, do the following.

  1. Unlock Your Apple Watch and go to the “Settings” menu.
  2. Press “Bluetooth
  3. Find the “Headphones name” you want to unpair/remove and press the ““.
  4. Tap “Forget Device

Resetting the headphones will also remove any known device from the Bluetooth list and automatically disconnect them.

Headphones Paired To Apple Watch, But No Sound?

To fix headphones paired to an Apple watch, but no sound, do the following.

  1. Swipe up the Apple Watch to open the control center.
  2. Press the headphones icon, it looks like an ear with a check mark.
  3. A new menu will open that lets you control the headphones’ volume.
  4. Adjust the volume to see if that fixes the issue.

You can also try to un-pair and re-pair both devices.

How To Decrease Loud Sounds on Apple Watch?

If the sound from the Apple Watch is too loud, you can decrease it or turn on the Headphones’ Safety option.

  1. Unlock your Apple Watch and go to Settings.
  2. Find and press Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Press Headphones’ Safety.
  4. Turn on the Reduce Loud Sounds.

Troubleshooting Bluetooth Headphones and Apple Watch

Here are some frequently asked questions about pairing Bluetooth headphones with an Apple Watch.

Can You Pair any Bluetooth Headphones With Apple Watch?

You can pair any Bluetooth headphones with an Apple watch using a Bluetooth connection.

Why Won’t Apple Watch Find Bluetooth Devices?

Apple Watch won’t find Bluetooth devices if they are outside of the Bluetooth range (10 meters or 30 feet). Simply, place both devices in a close range and restart the Bluetooth (turn it off/on) and try again. Bluetooth interferences can also prevent the Apple watch from finding nearby devices.

Can Bluetooth headphones connect to iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time?

Yes, Bluetooth headphones can connect to both an iPhone and an Apple Watch at the same time. Both the iPhone and Apple Watch support simultaneous Bluetooth connections, allowing you to pair and use headphones with both devices.

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