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Error message solved: “Pairing failed, your Apple watch couldn’t pair with your iPhone”

With the explosion in popularity of wearable devices, there is also an explosion of technical errors and glitches that people are discovering.

Most of these are harmless and can be solved by simply restarting your device but some are a little more complex.

When your pairing fails it can be frustrating because the whole point of a smart device is to be able to connect to another device and the communication between them can bring about many benefits for the user.

The Apple watch is a popular wearable smart device that can pair with your iPhone, but when the pairing is failed, what do you do?

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What are the reasons a pairing might fail?

Some Apple Watch customers claim that whenever there is an IOS update they encounter a pairing issue, however, this hasn’t been confirmed by Apple.

It could be that you’re in an area of bad connection which won’t allow your phone to make contact with your smartwatch.

You might have certain settings switched on that prevent the pairing such as aeroplane mode.

Alternatively, it could be a software glitch that just needs resetting before it will allow you to pair the devices.

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Error: “Pairing failed your apple watch couldn’t pair with your iPhone”  – solved in four steps

Here is how to connect your Apple Watch to your iPhone if you’re having issues:

  1. Firstly, check your watch’s connection, if you’re unable to receive calls, messages or notifications at this time then it’s unlikely you’ll be able to pair your watch and you should try again later.
  2. Try to connect your iPhone and watch again by keeping them close together, making sure aeroplane mode is off and that WiFi and Bluetooth are both switched on.
  3. Then restart your Apple Watch and iPhone and begin the pairing process.
  4. The last thing to try is to unpair your devices and re-pair them. You can do this by going to “Settings”, “General”, “Reset”, “Erase all content and settings.” Then try pairing them again.

Does your Wi-Fi connection need boosting?

Is the issue with IOS 13 and will it happen again with the next update?

It seems that these pairing issues do spike when there is a new update to IOS so there could be a correlation between the two.

However, Apple has never come out with a comment explicitly saying that these updates affect any Smart devices and their ability to connect to your iPhone.

If updates are causing pairing issues with the Apple Watch then, unfortunately, the problem may reoccur when the next update comes out.

However, we can advise following the steps above should this happen again. Or, if you want to speak to a human being about the connectivity issue then please contact us on our freephone number today – 0800 433 7963.