Apple loyalists have no doubt that iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods form the holy trinit of seamless communication. If you also own these devices, you know that when you use AirPods, you can control the playback of music or receive calls from Apple Watch. But maybe you don't know that you can also use AirPods directly with Apple Watch and leave your iPhone unused in your pocket. If this solution intrigues you but you don't know how to do it, here is the procedure of how to use and combine AirPods with Apple Watch without the use of the iPhone.
How to use and combine AirPods with Apple Watch
To use this method it is necessary that the first generation AirPods have watchOS 3 or later versions. If you are using second generation AirPods, you will need to upgrade to watchOS 5.2 and later. In case your AirPods are not displayed on Apple Watch, before proceeding, go to the app Watch and update your Apple Watch to the latest version.
Associate AirPods with iPhone
Apple Watch still depends on the iPhone and therefore you will first need to pair your AirPods with your iPhone. After doing so, all devices connected to the same iCloud account will automatically be associated with AirPods and the transition from one device to another is very simple. This is the beauty of AirPods, it is not necessary to couple and decouple when switching from one device to another. Just connect to another device and you're good to go.
Connect AirPods with Apple Watch
If you are using AirPods with your iPhone and want to use Apple Watch to control music playback, such as volume or change tracks, you don't need to connect AirPods to Apple Watch.
But if you are thinking of leaving your iPhone aside and want a direct connection between your Apple Watch and AirPods, where you can play content directly from Apple Watch, you will have to manually connect to AirPods. If you don't know the procedure, just follow these simple steps.
Step 1: go to the Apple Watch dial and scroll up to view the Control center.
Step 2: touch the icon AirPlay (the icon with a triangle and concentric circles).
Step 3: from the list of devices, select your AirPods. Now the connection between your Apple Watch and AirPods has been established.
Now you can also use this pairing with different apps and connect your AirPods using any multimedia app from the screen In playback. All you need to do is search for the AirPlay button, click on it and then click on your AirPods.
To disconnect the AirPods, simply remove them from your ears and put them back in the case. Since you're there, check out this guide on how to connect your Airpods to a Windows PC.