WhatsApp on Apple Watch explained: How to send and receive messages

Learn to view and reply to messages from your Apple smartwatch
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Getting WhatsApp notifications on your Apple Watch is a great way of staying connected – and can help you become less attached to your smartphone.

It's important to understand that there's no official WhatsApp app for the Apple Watch. However, it is possible to receive notifications and reply to messages straight from the wrist, thanks to built-in integrations.

With WhatsApp on Apple Watch you can:

  • Read notifications
  • Reply to messages

However, you cannot:

  • Browse received messages
  • Initiate a conversation with a contact
  • See multimedia, such as pictures or videos

Learn how to use WhatsApp on the Apple Watch by following our guide below, where we'll provide the key steps on setting up WhatsApp notifications and how to get more functionality by downloading a third party WhatsApp Apple Watch app.

Get WhatsApp notifications on Apple Watch

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If you're going through standard, official channels, you can receive notifications and reply from the Apple Watch.

However, you will need to ensure notifications are turned on first in order to have them mirrored to your phone.

1. On your iPhone, go to the Watch app.

2. From the My Watch tab, tap Notifications.

3. Scroll down to WhatsApp and ensure the switch is turned green. You'll see the option to mirror iPhone alerts to bring those WhatsApp alerts to your wrist.

Once notifications are turned on, you'll notice that your wrist buzzes whenever a message is sent.

Reply to messages from your Apple Watch

And you can send messages on WhatsApp through the Apple Watch?

That is a lot easier now thanks to the QWERTY keyboard announced with the Apple Watch Series 7 (and Series 8/Ultra).

First up, you can pick from a list of simple options to reply, such as, 'Hello', 'What's up?', 'OK' or 'On my way'.

What's more, you can record a custom reply via voice recognition and send that straight back to the recipient.

And if that's not enough you can even type out your response on the keyboard. It's tiny but quite intuitive.

How to reply to a WhatsApp message:

1. Go to the received WhatsApp message notification on the Apple Watch

2. Tap Reply

3. Scroll down and choose one of the custom responses

4. If you want to craft your own reply, you can hit the microphone and record your message.

Download a WhatsApp alternative for the Apple Watch

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As we alluded to up top, there's no official WhatsApp app available for the Apple Watch. However, that doesn't mean there aren't third-party alternatives to choose from within the Apple Watch App Store.

It's worth noting that there's many to choose from, both free and paid-for, and it can be difficult to work out which third-party WhatsApp solutions are the most effective and reliable in providing a fuller experience.

In our experience, WatchChat 2 (which costs $2.99/£2.99) is probably the pick of the bunch, at least for now.

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Not only does it let you view and send messages in all your existing chats, as well as dictation and Scribble, watch videos, and view stickers, but it's also fairly simple to get started. Here's how:

1. On your iPhone, go to the Watch app and tap on the App Store.

2. In the search box, type in 'WatchChat 2', then download the app to your Apple Watch.

3. Once downloaded, open the app on your Apple Watch.

4. Then, head to WhatsApp on your iPhone, before going to Settings > WhatsApp Web > Scan QR code.

5. Scan the QR code that appears on the Apple Watch.


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