How to transfer music to your Apple Watch

Apple also promotes the Apple Watch as a music player. However, you do not only need Bluetooth headphones, such as the BeatsX or Apple’s AirPods, but also the corresponding music. This music first has to be downloaded into the iOS app and then synchronized with the smartwatch. We would like to show you quickly and easily how you can transfer music to your Apple Watch.

transfer music to your Apple Watch

You can stream your music to the Apple Watch, but transferring the songs from Apple Music directly to the smart watch is much more convenient. That way, you can listen to them even without an iPhone.

With the Apple Watch, we can remotely control the iPhone’s music app, but we can also play songs directly from the watch. For example, while jogging, this is very convenient. This is how you transfer music to the Apple Watch:


In order to be able to listen to music via Apple Watch without an iPhone, you should first consider two things. First, you need Bluetooth headphones, and second, you cannot sync individual songs to the Watch. All songs that you want to transfer to your smartwatch must be in a playlist as a downloaded version.

What you should know before

Before transferring music to the Apple Watch, you should know a few things: The whole thing only works in conjunction with playlists. So, you can’t sync tracks individually to the Apple Watch. The songs have to be in a playlist in order to be transferred.

In addition, playlists consume storage space on the Apple Watch, which is not unlimited. And you can only listen to the music in conjunction with Bluetooth headphones.

Also, at this point, we find an option to set a list limit. It ranges from 100 MB to 2 GB – alternatively 15 to 250 tracks. The default setting is set to 1 GB. So, you might not be able to transfer all songs to the Apple Watch.

Transfer music to your Apple Watch

It is important to know in advance: You can not transfer songs to the Apple watch just like that; they have to be in a playlist first. Only then is synchronization possible.

  • In the first process, you take your iPhone in your hand and open the music app.
  • Now click on the items “Library“, “Playlists“, and “New Playlist“.
  • The window that has just appeared now allows you to transfer the individual tracks to the playlist via “Add track“, and it is also possible to specify a title. This facilitates the search and provides for order.
  • If one is satisfied with the list, then the setup is finished via the “Done” button.

Transferring a playlist to the Apple Watch

Before you transfer your playlist to the Apple Watch, make sure the Watch is connected to the charger and charging.

  • Now, pick up your paired iPhone and then open the Watch app.
  • There, tap “My Watch” → “Music” → “Synced Music.”
  • Then select the playlist you want, and the iPhone will immediately start transferring the music to your Apple Watch.

However, this process can take a long time and should not be interrupted – for example, by breaking the Bluetooth connection or disconnecting the charging cable. This only prolongs the synchronization of the music unnecessarily.

Done, after some waiting time, the synchronization is finished and listening to music via the Apple Watch can begin.

Note: The transfer of the tracks must not be interrupted. This means you should not disconnect the Bluetooth connection or the charging cable.

Playing music on the Apple Watch

On the Apple Watch, we open the Music app. At the top, as of watchOS 2, we can select the iPhone or the watch storage as the source for the songs. If the buttons are not visible, a firm tap on the display opens a small menu where we specify the music source.

Tip: The quickest way to access the music controls is via the favorites, the “checks“. Simply swipe upwards on the clock and find the music buttons by swiping to the left or right.

This is what you have to keep in mind

First, it should be said that the playlist to be created must not or should not exceed the two GB. Not all songs will arrive on the Apple Watch if it does. It is important that songs from the cloud find their way to the iPhone beforehand. Last but not least is the issue of headphones. They have to be connected to the smartwatch via Bluetooth; it does not work with other connection options.

Complicated but doable

It is quite clear that this procedure is not necessarily convenient. It would be desirable if Apple would change this in the future so that owners of an Apple Watch have it easier.

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