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Leaving your Apple Watch at home

I don’t know about you, but even though I have an Apple Watch with LTE that allows me to use my watch without my iPhone, it’s very difficult for me to do so. Leaving my iPhone behind, for me, is like leaving the house without pants.

If you decide to leave your house without pants, errrrr, leave your iPhone behind in favor of using your Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS and cellular, there’s a lot you can do provided you keep some key things in mind.

When you are connected to a cellular network
If your iPhone and Apple Watch are both connected to a cellular network, your watch can do everything that it normally does. When your watch connects to a cellular network, Green dots icon appears in the Control Center (see photo).

When you are connected to Wi-Fi
When your iPhone is off or out of range, your Apple Watch can use Wi-Fi networks that you’ve connected to previously on your iPhone. When you connect to one of these Wi-Fi networks, a Wi-Fi icon appears in Control Center. You can still do these things while connected to Wi-Fi.

• Use Siri to get directions, send iMessages, and more
• Send and receive messages
• Make and receive phone calls
• Check the weather
• Track your stocks
• Control your home using HomeKit
• Use the Find My Friends app
• Use apps that support Wi-Fi

As always, there has to be some fine print.

To receive SMS, MMS, or push notifications from third-party apps on your Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), your paired iPhone must be powered on and connected to Wi-Fi or cellular, but it doesn’t need to be nearby. You also need to be signed in to iMessage on your iPhone.

If you’re on Wi-Fi and want to call a phone number, make sure that Wi-Fi calling is turned on for your Apple Watch. Otherwise, try making a FaceTime audio call.

After reading this, I’m curious to know whether or not you’d be more likely to use your Apple Watch without your phone. Let me know in the comments, or discuss this article on my Apple Watch Facebook page.

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