IPad not finding your Apple Watch for Apple Fitness and the Fitness app? - MyHealthyApple

IPad not finding your Apple Watch for Apple Fitness and the Fitness app? – MyHealthyApple

IPad not finding your Apple Watch for Apple Fitness and the Fitness app? – MyHealthyApple

How to connect ipad to watch

want to watch apple fitness+ videos on your ipad’s bigger screen, but can’t find your apple watch?

When your ipad can’t connect to your apple watch when you start a fitness+ workout, you’ll see a button asking if you want to exercise without the watch

and you may see a message or the spinning circle that ipad is searching for an apple watch.

Unfortunately, many iPads have difficulty connecting and recognizing Apple Watch for Fitness+.

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tips to help your ipad find and connect to your apple watch for apple fitness+

  1. Make sure you use the same Apple ID on your iPad as your paired iPhone (and Apple Watch.)
  2. Toggle on Keychain in iCloud settings on both iPhone and iPad.turn on iCloud Keychain for iPad and iPhone
  3. Add the Home app to both iPad and iPhone and open the home app on both devices. Then, toggle on the Home app in your iCloud settings for both devices.Home app in iCloud settings
  4. Restart both your iPad and your Apple Watch.
  5. On your iPad, turn off Bluetooth and WiFi, wait 20 seconds, then turn Bluetooth back on, followed by WiFi.
  6. If your iPhone is nearby, try toggling off Bluetooth temporarily so that your Apple Watch connects to your iPad instead of your iPhone.
  7. Turning on Detect Gym Equipment in the watch setting in Workout by open your Watch’s Settings app > Workout > toggle on Detect Gym Equipment.detect gym equipment on apple watch settings
  8. Turn off Power Saving Mode for the Workout App on your Apple Watch via Settings app > Workout > toggle off Power Saving Mode.turn off power savings mode workout app on apple watch

Is your ipad still not seeing your apple watch for fitness+?

As our reader, Marc noticed, open Fitness+ on your iPad and immediately check if the image associated with your Apple ID shows up in the top corner of the Fitness+ app launch screen. Apple Fitness+ Apple ID

if you don’t see your image, there is likely a problem with apple connecting fitness+ to your apple id. This often happens when you use multiple apple ids, like a different one for the app store vs. the one for icloud photos.

  1. Delete the Fitness app from your iPad.remove the fitness app from iPad
    1. Restart your iPad.
    2. Then reinstall the app.
    3. Check if your iPad now sees your watch.

    Log out of App Store on iPad in Appel ID settings

    1. Once signed out, wait 30 seconds.
    2. Log back into Media & Purchases with your Apple ID.
      1. Double-check that Media & Purchase is now associated with the correct Apple ID.

      And if none of these tips worked for you, try signing out of your ipad apple id completely and then signing back in. even though it’s long, it almost always works!

      check your ipad compatibility

      not all ipads work with your apple watch and apple fitness+ or the fitness app for ipad.

      • ipad pro all models
      • ipad (5th generation)
      • ipad mini 4
      • ipad air (3rd generation)
      • ipad air 2

      also your ipad must use ipados 14.3 and above.

      The fitness app for ipad is not included in the ipados update, so please open the app store on your ipad and search for the fitness app there.

      check the compatibility of your apple watch.

      fitness+ only works with apple watch series 3 or later.

      Sorry older model folks!


      hopefully this short article got your ipad up and running so you can enjoy all the fitness+ offerings on your ipad’s bigger screen.

      Be sure to check out the recording bar, one of the most impressive features in fitness+!

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