Apple Watch does multiple things on your wrist, from playing music to racing your friends. It’s almost like carrying around a mini iPhone with some useful apps and health tracking features. Although accessing the necessary information on your Apple Watch is quite simple, the small screen can seem like a limitation. So now you can mirror your Apple Watch screen to your iPhone and control it remotely.
This is also extremely beneficial for app developers who want to test their apps on the Apple Watch. Whether you want to check your activity data or play a game from your Apple Watch on a bigger screen, this trick can come in handy. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Watch screen mirroring and how to turn it on.
Supported Devices for Apple Watch Screen Mirroring
The ability to mirror your Apple Watch screen to iPhone was introduced as part of iOS 16 and watchOS 9. Therefore, only devices running these firmware versions can take advantage of this feature. These are the iPhone and Apple Watch that support screen mirroring.
- iPhone 14 Series and 14 Pro Series
- iPhone 13 Series and 13 Pro Series
- iPhone 12 Series and 12 Pro Series
- iPhone 11 Series
- iPhone XS/XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd gen)
- iPhone 8/8 Plus
Compatible Apple Watches:
- Apple Watch Ultra
- Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch SE (1st and 2nd gen)
Prerequisites for Casting Apple Watch Screen to iPhone
Aside from having a compatible iPhone and Apple Watch, there are also other requirements that need to be met in order to cast the Apple Watch screen to iPhone.
- Connect your iPhone and Apple Watch to the same Apple ID.
- Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices.
- Keep both devices close to each other during the mirroring process, as failure to do so may cause connectivity issues or delays.
- Update to the latest software version on both iPhone and Apple Watch.
Once you have fulfilled all these conditions, we explain how you can activate mirroring on your Apple Watch.
How to turn on screen mirroring (casting) on Apple Watch
Step 1: Put Apple Watch on your wrist and unlock it.
Step 2: Open the app Settings of your iPhone. Scroll down to the section Accessibility.
Step 3Note: Under Physical and Engine, choose the “Apple Watch Mirroring” option.
Step 4: Turn on the switch next to “Apple Watch Mirroring.”
Your Apple Watch screen will be mirrored to your iPhone.
What you can do after mirroring your Apple Watch screen
The duplication process takes place through air play. When the mirroring process starts, you’ll see a blue outline along the edges of the Apple Watch.
You can control the Apple Watch through the screen of your iPhone. Swipe to access the different menus or tap the digital crown or side button icons to activate them.
Launch the apps you want directly on Apple Watch or through screen mirroring and you can use it on the bigger screen of your iPhone.
There’s a slight delay between performing an action on the Apple Watch and the moment it appears on the mirrored screen, but it’s certainly usable.
Why doesn’t Apple Watch Mirroring work on my iPhone?
There can be multiple reasons why the screen mirroring feature is not working on your Apple Watch and iPhone. However, here are some solutions that you can try.
1. Connect to the same Wi-Fi network on both devices
As we’ve already discussed, try connecting your iPhone and Apple Watch to the same Wi-Fi network to make sure they communicate easily.
If you’re using cellular data on your iPhone, connect to a Wi-Fi network so your Apple Watch can also connect to the same network.
2. Keep Apple Watch close to iPhone
Since you’re mirroring the screen wirelessly, it’s best to keep the iPhone as close to the Apple Watch as possible during the mirroring process.
3. Charge your Apple Watch
Your Apple Watch may not be mirroring the screen to save battery life if you’re running low.
Make sure to first charge your Apple Watch to a respectable battery level, and then try again.
4. Switch airplane mode and try again
Turning on Airplane mode resets the radios on your iPhone and Apple Watch. Therefore, activate Airplane mode on both your iPhone and Apple Watch for a few seconds before turning it off.
Follow the steps below to recast your screen. This should potentially resolve any issues you may be having with mirroring.
Apple Watch Screen Mirroring FAQ
1. How to turn off Apple Watch screen mirroring?
Just hit the close button on the screen sharing window on your iPhone to stop the sharing process.
2. Is screen mirroring available on GPS versions of Apple Watch?
Yes, you can use screen mirroring on both the GPS version and the mobile version of the Apple Watch.
3. Can I mirror my Apple Watch screen to my Mac?
Unfortunately, this is not possible yet. Maybe Apple will introduce it in the future, who knows?
4. How to take a screenshot on my Apple Watch?
You can take a screenshot by pressing the Digital Crown and Side button at the same time.
Control your Apple Watch from iPhone
Now you can mirror your Apple Watch screen to your iPhone and control it remotely. In this way, you will have access to all the information of your Apple Watch on a larger screen. Developers who create apps for the Apple Watch will also find it useful for troubleshooting or debugging their apps directly through the iPhone screen.
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