Samsung recently launched its successor to the popular Galaxy Watch 4 series. The new series includes the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. The new Galaxy Watch 5 Pro replaces the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. And as you know Galaxy watch 4 series was not compatible with iPhones. You must have the same question for the watch 5 series. Here’s how to connect Galaxy Watch 5 to iPhone, if possible.
Since the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is the new smartwatch series, you must know everything about the watch if you are planning to get one. We have already prepared an article on its common questions and answers which you can read here.
The Android and iOS audiences are almost equal according to the survey data. There are a bunch of smartwatches for Android phones. While Apple has its own Watch series, all the watches are available in Square. But for those who do not like square shaped watches need to look for smartwatches from other popular OEMs like Samsung.
Older Samsung watches came with Samsung’s TizenOS and were compatible with iPhones. But the Galaxy Watch 4 runs on WearOS, and the same OS is used in the Galaxy Watch 5. As the Galaxy Watch 4 was not compatible with the iPhone, you may also want to know the Galaxy Watch 5 compatibility. let’s find out.
Is the Galaxy Watch 5 Compatible with iPhones?
No, Galaxy Watch 5 does not support iPhones. It is only compatible with Android phones similar to the Galaxy Watch 4 series. WearOS supports both Android and iPhone, but Samsung didn’t share any reason why the Galaxy watch doesn’t support iPhone.
Other WearOS 3 watches like Montblanc Summit 3 are compatible with iPhones. But Montblanc watches are available at a premium cost even more than Apple Watches.
How to Connect Galaxy Watch 5 to iPhone
Since the Galaxy Watch 5 is not compatible with iPhones, you will not be able to connect Galaxy Watch 5 to iPhone. If you use the Galaxy Wearable app for iOS, it may show Galaxy Watch 5, but if you try to connect Galaxy Watch to iPhone you will get the error.
Will it get iPhone Support Later?
It doesn’t seem to be going that way since it’s been more than a year since Galaxy Watch 4 launch and if Samsung were to add iPhone support, they would have done it with the Galaxy Watch 5. But who knows what will happen in the future. It would be great to be able to use the Samsung Galaxy Watch with the iPhone again. We’ll let you know if Samsung brings support for the iPhone and iPad.
Galaxy Watch 5 Compatibility Conditions
Although the Galaxy Watch 4 is compatible with Android phones, you won’t be able to connect it to all Android phones. There are certain conditions that must be met in order to connect the Galaxy Watch 5 to an Android phone. Here are the requirements.
- Android Phone with Android 8.0 or newer
- The phone must have GMS support
- Minimum RAM should be 1.5GB
- Android Go phones are not supported
If the above conditions are met on an Android phone, you can pair it with the Galaxy Watch 5.
Restrictions on non-Galaxy Phones
Since the Watch is a Galaxy device from Samsung, connecting it to a Galaxy phone has more benefits than a non-Galaxy phone. There are some health tracking features (ECG and blood pressure) that are only compatible with Samsung Galaxy. Also, the availability of these two health features depends on the region. Also, ECG monitoring requires the Samsung Health Monitor app.
There are unofficial ways to get missing health tracking features on all Android phones. We will be sharing all the guides soon.
Can I use Galaxy Watch 5 without Phone?
Yes, you can use Galaxy Watch 5 when it is not connected to the smartphone. There are two variants of the Galaxy Watch 5, one with LTE support and the other with Bluetooth and WiFi support. The LTE watch model can work standalone just like the phone. Whereas in the Bluetooth version there are restrictions when it is not connected to the phone. But you must connect your watch for setup.
The Galaxy Watch 5 isn’t all that different from the Galaxy Watch 4. It only comes with a few upgrades. So if you already have a Galaxy Watch 4, you can skip the Galaxy Watch 5 unless you get a good trade-in offer. We’ll be sharing more guides on the Galaxy Watch 5, so keep an eye out for new content.