How do you choose a smartwatch that works with your smartphone?
Choose the right smartwatch for your smartphone
Finding the right smartwatch for your smartphone is important, because otherwise, your smartwatch won't work. You can't pair it or receive notifications. Depending on your smartphone, the following questions are important:
- Android smartphone: which Android version is on your smartphone?
- iPhone: which iPhone model do you have and what iOS version is on it?
Android smartphone: which Android version is on it?
1. Go to 'Settings'
2. Click on 'About this phone' or 'Device Information'
3. Find your version here or below 'Software Information'
If you have an Android smartphone, only one thing matters: the Android version of your smartphone. Check which Android version you have and choose a smartwatch which is compatible with this version. This is indicated on the product page.
Where can you find which Android version your smartphone has?
- Go to 'Settings'.
- Scroll down and tap About this phone or Device Information.
- You can find the Android version here or below 'Software Information*.
iPhone: which iPhone model do you have and which iOS version is on it?
1. Go to 'Settings'
2. Tap 'General'
3. Tap 'About'
Find your iOS version here
There are 2 things to keep in mind if you have an iPhone. First, check which iPhone model you have. Apple Watch, for example, only works with an iPhone 6s or later model, while some Apple watches that aren't made by Apple work with an iPhone 4 or later model as well. Secondly, check your iOS version. You need to find a compatible watch based on the model and the iOS version. You can find this information on the product page.
Where to find the iOS version on your iPhone?
- Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap General.
- Tap About and find your iOS version.
Do you have an Apple iPhone?
In that case, we always recommend the Apple Watch. Both devices run on the the Apple operating system. This means they work very well together. If you have an iPhone 6s or lower, the Apple Watch isn't an option. Do you prefer a Samsung watch? In that case, keep in mind you won't be able to respond to incoming messages if you have an iPhone. Other functions do work.
Do you have a Huawei smartphone?
If you have a Huawei smartphone, options are limited. Brands such as Garmin, Polar, and Fitbit don't support Huawei at all, and other watches also don't always work well. So the safe choice for a Huawei smartphone is a Huawei watch.