What the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 can do without an iPhone

What the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 can do without an iPhone

What can your Apple Watch do without your iPhone present? Quite a lot, actually!

Whether you own a Series 0, Series 1, or Series 2 Apple Watch, you’ll need an iPhone to set it up and use most of its core features. But even so, Apple’s wearables are powerful little machines in their own right: If you leave your iPhone at home, you’ll still be able to do quite a lot. Here’s what the Series 0, Series 1, and Series 2 Apple Watch models can do without an iPhone present!

It tells the time

Unsurprisingly, timekeeping will continue to work as advertised, and you’ll be able to set alarms and timers, see downloaded calendar events, and the like.

When your Apple Watch is near your iPhone, the latter does send it an occasional update to keep the Watch in sync with the global standard, but unless you plan to be away from your smartphone for weeks at a time, your watch shouldn’t suffer any degradation.

It logs your workouts

Go out on a run, attend Crossfit, or walk your dog — even without your iPhone present, your Apple Watch continues tracking your fitness. This includes your heartbeat, step counts, stand-sit ratio, breathing, and any workouts you log over that period.

As with most other fitness trackers of this era, the Apple Watch saves this data locally to its onboard storage; it can save up to 30 days of information, though we recommend being careful rather than risk your data with a 29-day hike and no iPhone present. As soon as your iPhone is within Bluetooth or Wi-Fi range again, your Apple Watch will sync the data to your iPhone, and clear its cache.

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