The iPhone 7 Won’t Connect to Several Android Wear Watches


Back in August of 2015, Android Wear, Google‘s mobile OS for smartwatches, gained support for iOS.

Now, more than a year later, and with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on the market, there appears to be a bit of an issue. It’s been reported that several different Android Wear-based smartwatches, from a variety of different manufacturers, cannot connect at all to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The complaints have piled up on message boards and support forums, and the issue has been present since the new iPhone launch.

As of now, it appears that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do not support the Moto 360 (2015), Tag Heuer Connected, ASUS ZenWatch, the Fossil Q Founder, and the Michael Kors Access. Interestingly enough, the iPhones do acknowledge that the wearables are present, as they appear in the Android Wear iOS app, but trying to connect to them simply fails.

Apple has already fixed an issue paring to Android Wear watches in iOS 10.0.2, but this issue appears to go a bit deeper, and Google is aware of the “serious pairing issue.” They are working on a fix now, but no timetable has been released at this point. The Android Wear iOS app has actually been updated twice in the last week, but a fix has not arrived.

However, there’s a bit of a potential issue moving forward:

“Should these devices ultimately require a firmware update to start working with iPhone 7, that might turn into a major headache. Since the smartwatches are currently unable to pair, installing any system update would pose a challenge; Android Wear products must be paired with a smartphone before updates can be downloaded. Users would thus have to use another iOS device that’s not an iPhone 7 (or an Android phone) to load the fix.”

It’s actually just been reported that the iPhone 7 is having issues with connectivity and Bluetooth with BMW models, too.

Are you experiencing this issue?

[via The Verge]