If you’re interested in buying the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and you still own an iPhone, we’ve got some bad news for you – Samsung’s new smartwatch and its sibling Watch 5 Pro are not iOS compatible.
This is not just speculation as Samsung has confirmed this on its support page. (opens in new tab)listing the two new watches under “not compatible with iOS”.
This isn’t a huge surprise as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 devices didn’t work with iPhones, but when we discovered this last year, we were quite shocked, like many previous Samsung wearables.
Why do Watch 4 or Watch 5 devices not work with iPhones or iOS devices? Well, while Samsung hasn’t commented on this matter, people have speculated that it’s because these smartwatches run Wear OS 3 while previous ones used Tizen.
Tizen was made by Samsung, while Wear OS 3 is built by Google (although Samsung has made its own version of the software for its new smartwatches), although other Wear OS 3 watches have not excluded iOS users.
With Apple being one of the dominant players in the smartwatch market, Samsung is hurting its chances of rivaling its US-based competitor if many potential users cannot connect to its watches. This is doubly the case when you consider how many iPhone users there are, who are now not even considering buying the Galaxy Watch 5.
Having said that, if you own an iPhone and want a new smartwatch, there are plenty of options beyond the Apple Watch. In fact, we have a list of the best smartwatches you can check out for inspiration.