There has been a number of reports and discussion on what an Apple Watch can do without connecting with the iPhone. Certainly that includes on-board music and photos synced from your iPhone, Time and alarm, etc that can work without an iPhone nearby. Here I want to show you how you can get your Apple Watch work on a trusted/known Wifi network independently, how you can use it for. I made a short video to show you how and what you can do from there.
How to setup known Wifi network on your Apple Watch
The pre-requisite is that you need to make sure the MAC address of your Apple Watch (i.e. Wifi Address in Apple Watch Settings -> General -> About) has been registered on your router . Below are the steps that I have discovered that works:
- Disconnect your Apple Watch from your iPhone
- Forget the known Wifi (e.g. home network) on your iPhone
- Reconnect the Wifi network with credentials
- Reconnect the Apple Watch by turning on iPhone Bluetooth
- Once successfully paired, turn off iPhone Bluetooth
- Invoke Siri on Apple Watch and it should be able to work
Once you are all set, you can play around with it. The video below also showcases a few functions you can do with Siri with Apple Watch connected to Wifi, including using Siri for creating Events, Reminders, play music, and also the ability to receive iMessage.