Unlike some devices out there the Apple Watch is a true smartwatch. This means it allows for all sorts of notifications and comes with support for third party apps. Read on to find out how to get WhatsApp messages on your Apple Watch Series 6, Watch SE and earlier models.
WhatApp has been around for more than a decade now. It was named to resemble the phrase “what’s up”.
Since it’s inception it has grown to some 2 billion users, making it the most used messenger app on the planet. WhatsApp goes way beyond simple texts. You can make and receive voice and video calls, share files pictures and more.
Like other such apps, WhatsApp is registered and runs on mobile devices with a cellular number. But you can access it from elsewhere such as desktop computers and the Apple Watch.
The latest and greatest wrist-based product from Apple is the Series 6 watch. It was released in September 2020 along with a more budget-friendly Watch SE.
Apple Watch Series 6 comes with a few useful upgrades over its predecessor. This includes blood oxygen readings, an improved S6 chip, a brighter always-on Retina display and more. Other improvements such as sleep tracking come in the form of the new operating system – watchOS 7.
Apple Watch SE misses out on some of these features. But it comes at a much lower price tag. The main sacrifice for that is the lack of ECG and SpO2. Other features pretty much resemble the Series 3 device, but with a S5 chip for up to 2x faster performance.
How to install WhatsApp on Apple Watch Series 6
There is no official or native app for WhatsApp on the Apple Watch. But you can still read and reply to messages on your wearable. Here’s how to do it.
1. Begin by downloading and installing WhatsApp on your smartphone
If you have not already done so, begin by installing WhatsApp on your iPhone. That is pretty much straight-forward. Register your details and create an account to log in.
2. Go to iPhone Settings to allow notifications
The next step is done in the iPhone Settings page. You need to allow the notifications. So head over to Settings.
3. Allow notifications in the Settings page
Select Notifications>WhatsApp Messenger. Choose the Allow Notifications option and Show in Notification Centre option.
4. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
You’re nearly there. The next step is to enable WhatsApp notifications on your Apple Watch. This is done by opening the Watch app on your iPhone, going to the MyWatch tab and choosing Notifications.
5. Enable notifications in the Watch app
This will list out all apps that are supported by the Apple Watch. Scroll down until you see the WhatsApp Messenger app. Activate the toggle to enable notifications (the switch should be turned to green).
How to use WhatsApp on Apple Watch Series 6
That’s it. You will now receive WhatsApp notifications on your Apple Watch. This includes text and image messages. You can also reply to them.
However, it’s important to note a few things.
You will not get full functionality of the messaging app on the watch. That’s not really surprising. The small screen and space restriction only allows support for limited features. But it does mean you don’t need to take your phone out of your pocket for some things.
The software effectively mirrors WhatsApp notification alerts from your iPhone to your watch. Like the desktop or iPad version of the software it acts as a second screen. This means if you’ve muted certain conversation threads in WhatsApp, they will not come through to the watch.
In addition to reading, you can also reply to messages by choosing from a bunch of pre-set replies. This includes “Hello”, “What’s up”, “On my way” and more. Just choose the Reply icon above the message and you’ll get access to this.
More usefully, the watch will also use voice recognition to translate your audio message into a text message. You can then send this back as your reply. The functionality can be found by clicking on the Microphone icon above the message.
To silence all communication choose the Do Not Disturb option on your iPhone or Apple Watch. The other option is to select Airplane mode.
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