How to Play Music on an Apple Watch

Stream music from Apple Music, podcasts from Apple Podcasts, or audio books purchased from the Books app. Or sync content with your watch.

If your Apple Watch Series 3 or later is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network, you can stream music from Apple Music, podcasts from Apple Podcasts, and audio books even when your iPhone is not nearby.

You can also sync music, podcasts, or audio books between your iPhone and your watch. You can then play the content on the watch when the iPhone is not nearby, even if the watch is not connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.

To listen to music or other audio content from the Apple Watch, you will need a Bluetooth headset or a Bluetooth speaker. Learn how to pair your Bluetooth device with your watch.

Listening to music from the Apple Music catalog

If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can play any song from the Apple Music catalog. Or you can ask Siri to play any song from the Apple Music catalog. If you are not an Apple Music subscriber, you can play your songs, albums, and playlists. Learn more about how to use the Music program.

To start streaming, open the Music program and select the music you want. Or if you want to listen to the radio, open the Radio program.

How to Play Music on an Apple Watch

Sync Music with Apple Watch

  1. Connect your Apple Watch to the charger and make sure it is charging. Make sure your iPhone is within range of the watch.
  2. On iPhone, go to the Settings menu Bluetooth Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to the My Watch tab.
  4. Scroll to “Music” and press it, and then click “Add Music”.
  5. Find music to sync. Click the add button next to the desired music. If you can’t add specific albums or playlists, try downloading them to your iPhone and then syncing with your watch.

Delete music from your Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and select the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Scroll to “Music” and click on it, then click “Edit” in the upper right corner. If the “Change” button is not displayed, then the music is not synchronized with the clock.
  3. In the Playlists and Albums section, click the delete button next to the song you want to delete, and select Delete. Here you can also turn off all unnecessary playlists that were automatically added to the watch.

Listening to Apple Podcasts Podcasts

By default, podcasts you are subscribed to are synchronized while charging the Apple Watch. But podcasts can also be synced with the Apple Watch manually.

Sync Podcasts with Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings “Podcasts” and make sure the “Podcast Sync” feature is enabled.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Go to the “My watch” tab, scroll to the item “Podcasts” and press it.
  3. In the “Add Issues” section, click “Native.”
  4. Click the slider of the desired gear.
    If the desired program is not displayed, open the Podcasts program on the iPhone, find the program, and click Subscribe.

Issues will be automatically deleted from the Apple Watch after listening.

Listening to audio books

Buy audio books in the Books app on your iOS or iPadOS device or Mac. Then play them on your watch using the Audiobooks program.

By default, up to two audio books from the “Read Now” or “I Want to Read” collections are synchronized while charging the Apple Watch. However, audiobooks can also be synchronized with the Apple Watch manually.

Audiobook Sync

  1. Connect your Apple Watch to the charger and make sure it is charging.
  2. On iPhone, go to the Settings menu Bluetooth Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to the My Watch tab.
  4. Scroll to “Audiobooks” and press it. To add a new audiobook, click Add Audiobook. If the download button is displayed, the audiobook is waiting for synchronization. If the download button does not appear, the audiobook is already in sync with the Apple Watch.

Other Apple Watch and Music Podcast Features

  • You can include a specific playlist at the beginning of each workout. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to the My Watch tab. Click Workout, and then click Playlist for Workouts.
  • You can configure it to prevent the Run screen from opening automatically. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to the My Watch tab. Click General “Activate the screen” and disable the option “Autostart software with audio.”

Workout playlists are available on the Apple Watch Series 1 or later.