If you want your Apple Watch to work with your Android device, then you will need to jump over a few hurdles. Prepare to do some experimenting to pair the two so that they may work together. There is a few things you should know before you start this process.

First, you can’t pair the two devices over Bluetooth and have them work. They won’t connect with each other at all. You will, however, be able to connect the two devices through LTE connectivity.

Apple has more expensive watches that can stay connected if your phone is left at home and there isn’t a Bluetooth connection. These LTE watches use your phone carrier to make sure that it stays connected. This feature is what will allow you to connect your Android device with the Apple Watch.

If you do manage to connect the two, you will be able to make calls and receive calls. Messaging will be harder since you can’t send SMS messages through the watch. You also won’t be able to keep your device updated because you need an iPhone to do so, but otherwise you should be fine with the base functions of the Apple Watch.

To get started, you’ll need an unlocked Apple Watch with LTE, an unlocked iPhone 6 or newer, A SIM card removal tool, and an unlocked Android phone. Also, be aware that you have to be in a cellular network that supports the Apple Watch.

Turn off all devices

1. Turn off your Android, iPhone, and Apple Watch to begin the process. The screens should be black and when you tap the screen, it shouldn’t turn on.

2. Remove the SIM card from the iPhone using the SIM card removal tool. If you don’t have this, you can use a paperclip or something else that’s suitable.

3. Remove the SIM card from your Android device, just as you’ve removed the SIM card from your iPhone. The SIM card can usually be found at the top or bottom of your smartphone.

4. Place the SIM card from the iPhone into your Android device. Make sure that you’ve pushed it in all the way.

turn on your android device

5. Turn on your Android device. Make sure that once it turns on, it has connected to your phone carrier like it usually does. You can look in the upper left- hand corner of your device for the bars of service.

6. Turn on your Apple Watch now. See if the Apple Watch has connected also.

You will now be able to receive calls on your Apple Watch. Your two devices won’t communicate with each other, but it can still perform some functions, like receiving and sending calls, due to the LTE function.

The function that allows iPhone users to leave their phone at home and only have their Apple Watch on them is now allowing you to create a bridge between your Android device and your Apple Watch; however, the devices are still incompatible.

Your Apple Watch battery will drain faster because of the constant LTE use and you won’t be able to experience full functionality.

You should consider picking up a smartwatch that works with your device so that you can experience full functionality. The following smartwatches are some of the highest rated this year that you should consider:

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch Active – Compact design, inexpensive, workout tracking, and you can send messages and receive notifications. Mobvoi TicWatch E2-Inexpensive, notification support, waterproof and automatic workout detection.
  • Skagen Falster 2 – three button layout, doesn’t look like a piece of technology, stylish, great display, and GPS readily available.
  • Garmin Forerunner 245 Music – great battery, perfect for streaming music, 24/7 sleep monitoring, heart rate tracking, and many other awesome workout features.