How to Use WhatsApp on Apple Watch

Have you been wondering whether WhatsApp works on Apple Watch? Well, the answer is both yes and no. Basically, WhatsApp doesn’t have an official app for Apple Watch. So, you will have to rely on workarounds to use WhatsApp on Apple Watch.


There are two ways to get WhatsApp on your watch. You can either use the native method of simply receiving WhatsApp notifications on the watch or use a third-party app to use the modified web version of WhatsApp on the Apple Watch. Let’s check both methods in detail.

Method 1: Get WhatsApp Messages on Apple Watch

In this method, you will only be able to receive and view new WhatsApp message notifications on your Apple Watch. You cannot start a new message, view older messages, or view images. However, you can reply to new messages either by voice typing, through suggested replies, or by scribbling the reply.

Follow the steps given below to receive WhatsApp notifications on your Watch.

1. Enable WhatsApp Notifications

Step 1: After pairing your Apple Watch with your iPhone, open Settings on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to WhatsApp.

Step 3: Select Notifications and enable the toggle next to Allow notifications. Also, make sure the Lock Screen and Notification Center options are checked under the Alerts section.

Tip: Learn how to fix WhatsApp not receiving messages.

2. Enable WhatsApp Notifications on Apple Watch

Step 1: Now, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on Notifications.

Step 3: Scroll down until you see WhatsApp. Enable the toggle next to it.

3. Reply to WhatsApp Notifications

Step 1: Now, you will receive WhatsApp notifications on your watch. Tap on a notification to view and reply to it. You will get two options – Reply and Dismiss. Tap on Reply to reply to a message or hit the Dismiss button.

Note: If you dismiss a notification, you cannot access it again from your Apple Watch.

Step 2: After tapping on Reply, you can either send a reply from the available suggestions like hello, What’s up, ok, etc., or tap on the Reply text box to scribble a reply.

Tip: You can even send an emoji or use the voice-to-text feature to create a reply.

If you aren’t getting WhatsApp notifications, learn how to fix notifications not working on Apple Watch.

Method 2: Using Third-Party WhatsApp Apps for Apple Watch

If you want to use most functions of WhatsApp on your Apple Watch, you can take the help of third-party apps. One of the best third-party apps is the WatchChat 2 app, which is a free app based on the multiple devices feature of WhatsApp. It overcomes all the limitations of the above method and allows you to create new messages, send voice messages, watch videos, see status updates from people, view stickers, type replies, and much more.

Let’s check the steps to get WhatsApp on Apple Watch using the WatchChat 2 app.

Step 1: Install the WatchChat 2 app on your iPhone. After installation, make sure that the WatchChat 2 app shows on your watch.

Note: If WatchChat 2 doesn’t show up on your watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll down and tap on WatchChat. Enable the toggle next to the ‘Show app on Apple Watch’.

Step 2: Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step 3: Tap on Settings at the bottom followed by Linked devices.

Step 4: Tap on the ‘Link a Device’ button. The Camera preview screen will show up.

Step 5: Now, open WatchChat 2 app on your Apple Watch. A QR code will show up. Scan this QR code using the camera preview of step 4.

Step 6: Wait for a few seconds until WhatsApp links the WatchChat 2 app. Once that happens, you will see the WhatsApp chats on your Apple Watch. Tap on any chat to view its messages.

Use the Keyboard or the Reply icon to reply or send a new message. You can also tap on the Microphone icon to send a voice message.

Pro Tip: You may also use WatchsApp for WhatsApp or Chatify app to add WhatsApp to your watch.

FAQs About WhatsApp on Apple Watch

1. Can you receive or answer WhatsApp calls on Apple Watch?

Sadly, no. You cannot answer WhatsApp calls on your Apple Watch. You will only receive a simple notification (not in the form of a ringing) on your watch.

2. How to turn off WhatsApp notifications on Apple Watch?

If you don’t want to get WhatsApp notifications on your watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Go to Notifications. Scroll down and turn off the toggle next to WhatsApp.

3. Can you get Instagram or Facebook on Apple Watch?

Instagram and Facebook also do not have official apps for Apple Watch. You can, however, use it with a workaround. Send an email to the email ID that you can open on your Apple Watch. Keep or in the email’s body and send it to yourself. Open this email on your Apple Watch and log in with your Facebook or Instagram ID. Hopefully, you should be able to use Instagram and Facebook in their full glory on your watch.

Use Apple Watch Like a Champ

Those were two methods to use WhatsApp on Apple Watch. After you are satisfied with the working of WhatsApp on your watch, learn how to use custom watch faces on Apple Watch. Also, know about the best tips to improve battery life on Apple Watch.

Last updated on 17 October, 2022

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