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Can You Text on Apple Watch if Phone Is Dead/Not Near?

There’s no doubt that an Apple Watch is a handy little gadget. It allows you access to all sorts of notifications right from your wrist, keeping you in the loop at all times.

A particularly convenient feature of an Apple Watch is being able to not only receive text messages but also send them. Moreover, your response can be via emojis, Scribble, Memoji, dictation, Animojis, Digital Touch, or a good old digital keyboard. 

But do you need your Apple Watch to be connected to your iPhone to text? Can you text on your Apple Watch if your phone is dead?

If your phone is dead or turned off, you can’t use your Apple Watch to receive or send a text message. If your Apple Watch is Wi-Fi only, you need your phone to be within Bluetooth range to be able to send and receive texts. If your Apple Watch is cellular, your phone needs to be turned on and connected to Wi-Fi or cellular, but it doesn’t have to be with you.

In today’s article, we’ll discuss the possibility of texting on an Apple Watch when the paired phone is dead or turned off. We’ll also tell you what you can do other than texting in such a case.

Can You Text on Apple Watch if the Phone Is Dead/Not Nearby?

If you turn off your phone or drain its battery until it switches off, you may be wondering if you can still send or receive text messages on your Apple Watch.

This can be useful if you’re on a trip and forgot to bring your phone or if you don’t have a charger on hand.

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible.

While you don’t need to have your phone nearby to send and receive texts via certain Apple Watch models, your phone must be turned on and connected to cellular or Wi-Fi.

Non-cellular Apple Watch

In non-cellular models of the Apple Watch, receiving and sending text messages depends on the connection shared by the watch from the phone.

When you pair your Apple Watch with your phone, you establish a Bluetooth connection. This Bluetooth connection allows the watch to access Wi-Fi through your phone, which allows for receiving and sending texts on your Apple watch.

If your phone’s battery is dead or if you turn off your phone, the Bluetooth connection is no more. This prevents your watch from accessing Wi-Fi for texting services, even if the phone is nearby.

Without a Wi-Fi connection from your phone, your Apple Watch can’t do the following:

  • Send and receive texts.
  • Use Siri.
  • Make and answer phone calls.
  • Control your home.
  • Check the weather.
  • Listen to podcasts.
  • Find your friends.
  • Track stocks.
  • Stream music.
  • Listen to the radio.
  • Set reminders.
  • Use Maps.
  • Use Walkie-Talkie.

Cellular Apple Watch

In cellular models of the Apple Watch, receiving and sending text messages still depends on the connection shared by the watch from the phone, but it’s not restricted to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi ranges. Here’s how:

When you pair your cellular Apple Watch with your phone, you establish a Bluetooth connection for proper Wi-Fi connectivity. But there’s also a cellular connection shared from your phone to the watch via the same carrier.

Now, your Apple Watch can send and receive data through both Wi-Fi as well as cellular networks.

As a result, your Apple Watch can use either type of connection to receive and send texts. If your phone is out of Bluetooth range so the watch can’t access Wi-Fi, it can use the cellular network instead.

This means that you can text on your Apple Watch even if your phone is somewhere else.

However, there’s a catch!

Your phone doesn’t have to be nearby to allow for cellular-supported texting on your Apple Watch, but it has to be turned on and connected to cellular or Wi-Fi.

If your phone’s battery is dead, the connection will be lost. This will prevent you from texting on your Apple Watch.

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What Can You Do on Your Apple Watch if Your Phone Is Dead?

If you can’t use your Apple Watch to text, make calls, stream music, and so on while your phone’s switched off or its battery is dead, does this mean your watch becomes useless?

Absolutely not!

There are many features you can access on your Apple Watch without the need for switching on your phone, including:

  • Playing synced music, podcasts, or audiobooks.
  • Using the timer, alarm, and stopwatch.
  • Tracking your exercise and activity goals.
  • Displaying synced photos.
  • Making purchases using Apple Pay.
  • Monitoring your heart rate 
  • Using the recorder.
  • Tracking your sleep.

Wrap Up

Read more: Does Apple Watch use a sim card?

So, can you text on your Apple Watch if your phone is dead? The answer is no.

If your Apple Watch is Wi-Fi only, you need your phone to be within Bluetooth range to be able to send and receive texts on the watch.

If your Apple Watch is cellular, your phone needs to be turned on and connected to Wi-Fi or cellular, but it doesn’t have to be on you.