Five Crucial Things to Know if You Plan to Use Line2 for Apple Watch
File this under: Very Exciting News Announcements — Line2 is now on the Apple Watch. Also, relatedly: the Apple Watch itself is now officially on the market. As of today, current and prospective users will be able to access many crucial Line2 features on their Apple Watch after an app update.
With the release of a smartwatch, the very first of its kind from Apple, in place, we’re bound to welcome an onslaught of this generation’s Dick Tracys. However, the Apple Watch does a bit more than just operate as a two-way wrist radio or TV. What does it do exactly? Well, it lands somewhere on the spectrum of being far more than just a basic clock on your wrist, but it also falls short of operating as an actual smartphone strapped onto your wrist.
If your head is spinning a bit at this point, we don’t blame you. Here’s five crucial things you’ll need to know if you plan to use Line2 for Apple Watch:
- You need to have an iPhone. The Watch was not designed to work in conjunction with an Android phone, a computer, or a tablet, so neither is Line2 on the Apple Watch. Specifically, you need to have at least an iPhone 4S and for your iPhone to be running on at least iOS 8.2. In fact, your watch is pretty much useless (as a smartwatch) if you don’t own an iPhone. The Apple Watch is meant to be paired with the iPhone, as an accessory of sorts. A very fancy and expensive accessory, but still.
- It’s already there. Line2 on the Apple Watch is not a separate app. In fact, all Line2 users with an Apple Watch will automatically (after an update — it’s available in Line2 iOS versions 9.4.4 and above) have it on their Apple Watch, as well as their iPhone. Why is there no need to download a separate app? It helps to think of the Line2 functionality on the Watch as an extension of the iOS app that you use on your iPhone — a remote control for your phone that comes as a package deal.
- Line2 will still be live. Like other devices that Line2 currently runs on (including but not limited to your smartphone and your tablet), Line2 will be live on your Watch as well. This means that as long as you’re logged in on your iPhone, you’re logged in on your Watch. Also, your Line2 messages, call history, and notifications will still all be live. Your message history will also be in sync — once you send a message from your Watch, it’ll show up in your Line2 iPhone app’s log, as well as in the message history of any device you’re logged into Line2 with, whether that be an iPad, a Mac, an Android phone, etc.
- Your iPhone ultimately controls. As mentioned, Line2 on the Apple Watch is like a remote control for your Apple iPhone. You can use all the apps on your iPhone without an Apple Watch, but you can’t access those apps on Apple Watch without it being paired to an iPhone (or, well, you can, but there are very limited functions available to the Apple Watch if it’s operating on its own.) Line2 on the Apple Watch won’t work if your iPhone is dead or not connected via Bluetooth. Much like how if your TV is dead, the remote control won’t work either. Basically, it’s not your Watch but your iPhone that is enabling the Line2 communication.
- Use Line2 via Bluetooth. As long as your Watch and iPhone are connected via Bluetooth, they’ll work together. Devices connected over Bluetooth, much like radio signals, only operate within a certain proximity to one another. In this case, your Watch and your iPhone must always be within Bluetooth range, typically 10 meters of one another. This means that if you left your phone downstairs in the living room but went up to your bedroom, the two are no longer synced up. As mentioned, functionality on the Watch on its own or while connected to only Wi-Fi is limited to a short list of things, like iMessage and Siri, and this doesn’t include Line2. The takeaway: to use Line2 for Apple Watch, you should always be connected via Bluetooth.
Feel ready to give your Watch a whirl now or to place an order for it? Stay tuned for a separate post on how Line2 specifically works on your Apple Watch.
Originally published at blog.line2.com.