If you own an iPhone and are considering buying a smartwatch, the obvious choice would be an Apple Watch. However, if you are on a tight budget or simply want a watch that primarily tells time, you might realize that your iPhone is not compatible with it.
Therefore, it is crucial to gather all the necessary information before purchasing a new watch to complement your iPhone, as you may end up regretting your decision in the long run.
It’s important to note that when we talk about iPhone-compatible watches, we are mostly referring to Apple Watches. However, there are cases, such as with certain Xiaomi watches and bracelets, where not all functions will be available or compatibility issues may arise. With this in mind, let’s explore which smartwatches are completely incompatible with iPhones.
Smartwatches that are not compatible with iPhones
Throughout the history of the smartwatch market, there have been numerous models that were not compatible with iPhones. While there are many watches that fall into this category, there are a few specific models that simply cannot be paired with an iPhone, no matter how hard you try.
One prominent example is the Google smartwatch, known as the Pixel Watch. Despite being one of the most recognizable watches on the market, it cannot be connected to an iPhone. This information was confirmed by Google’s own product director. We’ll have to wait and see if the successor to the Pixel Watch will offer iPhone compatibility.
Another problematic operating system when it comes to connecting smartwatches with iPhones is Android Wear. In some cases, certain watches from Motorola, Asus, or Fossil are not compatible with iPhones. Therefore, we strongly advise against purchasing any of these models if you intend to use them with your iPhone.
The Galaxy Watch dilemma
For many users who wanted an alternative to the Apple Watch, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch was the go-to choice. However, these watches had limited functionality when connected to an iPhone, until the introduction of Wear OS. Google’s operating system completely changed the game for connecting the Galaxy Watch to an iPhone.
Currently, it is practically impossible to connect a newer Galaxy Watch to an iPhone. Compatibility is only available for older models or those running the initial versions of the operating system. If you happen to own one of the older models, you can continue using it, but be prepared to face issues with the Wear OS app. However, if you are considering buying a new Galaxy Watch, it’s best to reconsider as it may not serve your purpose.