Just yesterday, we learned about the launch of Android Wear for iOS. This allows Android Wear smartphones to pair with the Apple iPhone, but at the time, we were told that only new devices would support this functionality. As it turns out, some existing Android Wear smartwatches can work with iOS too, including the Asus ZenWatch.

Asus was quick to post up a tutorial for how to pair your Asus ZenWatch with your Apple iPhone through its support FAQ. The tutorial starts with the caveat that pairing the watch with your iPhone may have limited functionality. You’ll get notifications and can conduct voice queries with Google search, but you can’t use third-party apps or transfer music to your ZenWatch, nor can you use Wi-Fi or CloudSync. That’s the bad news and you can blame Apple’s closed ecosystem for that.

The good news is that getting your iPhone to play friendly with the Asus ZenWatch is actually really straightforward. The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure your watch is running on Android Wear 5.1.1.

  1. Swipe left on the watch face.
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Choose About
  4. Tap Versions

If it’s not running Android Wear 5.1.1, then you’ll need to update it.

  1. Pair your watch with a smartphone running Android 4.3+
  2. Swipe left on the watch face.
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap About
  5. Tap System updates
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions

Once you’ve updated your Asus ZenWatch, you can then pair it to your iPhone. You just have to make sure your iPhone is running at least iOS 8.2 and you will need to perform a factory reset on your smartwatch, which is accessible through the Settings menu again. Once you’ve done that, download and launch the Android Wear app on your iPhone to pair the ZenWatch.

If Android Wear for iOS can work with “older” smartwatches like the Asus ZenWatch after they’ve been updated to Android Wear 5.1.1, this could bode well for other Android Wear smartwatches too. Have you tried this with any other smartwatch?

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