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How to Sync Music and Podcasts to Apple Watch from an iPhone

How to Sync Music and Podcasts to Apple Watch from an iPhone

Now that you have a shiny new Apple Watch tied to your arm, maybe it’s time to put your favorite music and podcasts into it. After all, what’s the point of having a mini computer on your arm if you will still carry your iPhone? Spoiler: It’s no use. Luckily you can sync music and podcasts to your Apple Watch using nothing more than your iPhone.

You might expect to use the Music application for music and the Podcast application for your podcast. But no – what makes you think it will be so simple?

It is also important to note that podcast functionality has been added to Apple Watch with watchOS 5. If you are using Apple Watch that has not been updated, unfortunately it’s out of luck.

How to Sync Music to Apple Watch

Open the Watch application on your iPhone to get started.

  1. Swipe down and tap “Music”.
  2. Tap “Add Music” under the PLAYLISTS & ALBUMS section.
  3. You can also let the Music application synchronize specific playlists and music that you like by selecting the options that appear in the “AUTO ADDITION” section.1
  4. Select the music that you want to synchronize with your Apple Watch.
  5. Put your Apple Watch on the charger.

That’s all you need to do. The music will then sync to your Apple Watch – but only when it is charging. You will also see a status bar in the Watch app on iPhone.

Open the Music application on your Apple Watch to listen via Bluetooth devices such as AirPods and AirPods Pro.

How to Sync Podcasts to Apple Watch

Again, you need to open the Watch application on iPhone to choose which podcasts are synchronized with your Apple Watch.

  1. Scroll down and tap “Podcast”.
  2. Tap “Custom” and switch the show you want to sync to the “Active” position.
  3. Or, select “Listen Now” to add episodes from the playlist of the latest episodes that were automatically created.2
  4. You can also configure Podcast notifications to reflect them from iPhone or customize them further.

Your Apple Watch will synchronize new episodes of the selected podcast automatically, up to a maximum of three new per show.

Listening to music and podcasts are just two things you can do with your Apple Watch. Training is a big part of the Apple Watch experience and is probably the best alarm clock on the planet. But your Apple Watch can also be annoying, so be sure to turn off those crazy breathing reminders ASAP if they push you against the wall.

Do you use Apple Watch for music and podcasts? Or do you only rely on the iPhone or something else? Let us know your thoughts or experiences in the comments below.

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