Samsung’s next smartwatch is nearly here, and we can’t wait to get our hands on this new tech. However, there’s one question that keeps arising – ‘Is the Galaxy Watch 5 iOS compatible?’
This isn’t a surprise, as the Galaxy Watch 4 was off limits to Apple smartphone users. Due to the watch using WearOS 3, iOS users can’t connect with this premium smartwatch. Unfortunately for Apple fans, Samsung has confirmed that their next smartwatch isn’t iOS compatible. Maybe next time!
In this article, we’re diving into why the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 isn’t iOS friendly and which alternatives Apple users can enjoy. Read on to find out more.
Why Isn’t The Galaxy Watch 5 iOS Compatible?
Samsung has confirmed that their Galaxy Watch 5 (and 4) aren’t compatible with iOS devices. Yet, the Galaxy Watch 3, Watch Active, and Active 2 are compatible. Why are the newest generations Android only?
The new Galaxy Watches run on Wear OS 3, not Samsungs old ‘Tizen’ format. WearOS is an operating system built by Google, which will likely increase the competition between the brands. However, cutting off a large section of your customer base might not be the way to go…
Samsung’s Tizen operating system was made in-house, and this software worked with both iOS and Android users. However, it’s very unlikely that any future wearables will be released with this content.
Galaxy Watch 5 Launch
Not affected by the iOS issues? You can get your hands on this new wearable on August 26th. This wearable was launched at the Samsung Unpacked event.
Samsung’s next edition is open for pre-orders right now, so sign up ASAP to get in line. The starting price for this wearable is $279.99 for the 40mm model, and there’s an additional 44mm option. You can also opt for LTE variants if needed.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 iOS Alternatives
Looking for a new smartwatch to compliment your iPhone? Though the Galaxy Watch is off limits, choices are abundant for you. Here are our top picks.
You can also explore our top Apple Watch comparison here.
Galaxy Watch 3
If you’re set on a Galaxy Watch, the best option is to embrace the Galaxy Watch 3. Released in August 2020, this isn’t the newest watch. However, many users still enjoy this signature Samsung watch. Plus, it’s more affordable as older models drop in price with every new release.
Galaxy Watch Active 2
Alternatively, iOS users can try the Galaxy Watch Active 2. Released in 2019, this model is older than the Galaxy Watch 3. But don’t let that put you off. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 offers a sleek design and optimized sports functions. If working out is your priority, this Samsung wearable can help.
The Bottom Line
It’s a shame that the new Galaxy Watch 5 isn’t iOS compatible. Yet, this isn’t a complete shock. Luckily, there are alternatives for Apple users, and most market smartwatches offer iOS connections. If all else fails, you can always try the Apple Watch!
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Isobel is a freelance copy and content writer who regularly contributes to Superwatches. Well-versed in all the ins and outs of the smartwatch industry. Isobel specializes in Fashion and design and is a First Class fashion design graduate.
Currently lives in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.