How to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

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in Apple Watch edited May 2015
Complementing great fitness tracking and workout features, Apple Watch users can save and play back music locally on their device, meaning they can leave their iPhone at home.




To save music locally on the Apple Watch, you must first choose a playlist to sync. You can create a new playlist just for Apple Watch right on your iPhone. Start by opening the Music app on your iPhone and navigating to the Playlists tab at the bottom.




From the Playlist tab, scroll to the top and tap on New Playlist...




You'll be asked to title the playlist, then choose songs to be added. Users can browse their current playlists, albums, artists and more. Tap on the "+" icon to add a song to the new playlist. When finished, tap Done in the top right corner.




Once you've created the playlist you'd like to sync to Apple Watch, go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll down and tap on the Music section.




From here you can choose whether or not to display your music playlist in Glances, limit the amount of storage available for music, and select the playlist to sync. Tap on Playlist Limit first.




Users can choose to limit by song number or storage space. Tap the method and amount you would like to enable and press the back arrow.




Now tap Synced Playlist to choose your newly created playlist for Apple Watch. After selecting, your iPhone will attempt to sync the music to the Watch. Note: Apple Watch will need to be charging in order for music to be synced over.




Once your music has been synced, navigate to the Music app on Apple Watch.




If your iPhone is still in range, all the playlists, artists and albums will be displayed on the Watch. To select only the local music stored on Apple Watch, Force Touch in the Music app and tap Source .




You'll be asked to choose Apple Watch or iPhone as the music source. Tap Apple Watch to view only music available to playback without your iPhone.




Please note that Apple Watch lacks an audio jack, meaning music playback is limited to the small internal speaker or a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,288member
    I mostly listen to podcasts. Is there any way to create a playlist of them to be stored on my watch?
  • Reply 2 of 8
    prokipprokip Posts: 150member
    What about increasing the available space for music beyond 2GB. I have still 3.8GB of empty space on the watch that I don't intend to fill with anything else.

    C'mon Apple firmware guys. Give us the choice how much space we want for music rather than the available Apple watch crapware that is out there at the moment.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    kent909kent909 Posts: 711member
    Wonderful article. Now if I could just get my hands on an Apple Watch this would be helpful.
  • Reply 4 of 8
    alphafoxalphafox Posts: 124member
    Quote:


     Please note that Apple Watch lacks an audio jack, meaning music playback is limited to the small internal speaker or a pair of Bluetooth headphones


     

    It wont play out of the 'small internal speaker' of the watch at all, only the iphone itself if no bluetooth headsets are paired directly with the watch. at least I haven't been able to get it to..

  • Reply 5 of 8
    jony0jony0 Posts: 270member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Robin Huber View Post



    I mostly listen to podcasts. Is there any way to create a playlist of them to be stored on my watch?



    Yes, there is a workaround by setting its Media Kind to Music with the dropdown menu in the Options tab of Get Info window in iTunes, then you group them in a playlist to sync to the watch :

     

    http://www.loopinsight.com/2015/04/29/how-to-sync-podcasts-with-your-apple-watch/

  • Reply 6 of 8
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,288member
    Thank you, Jony.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by alphafox View Post

     

     

    It wont play out of the 'small internal speaker' of the watch at all, only the iphone itself if no bluetooth headsets are paired directly with the watch. at least I haven't been able to get it to..




    True, music will not play out of the small speaker. Bluetooth headphones or speaker is required.

  • Reply 8 of 8
    Why don't genius playlists show up on the Apple Watch?  Seems silly to have to recreate the playlist.
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