How To Fix iWatch 5 Not Syncing With Your iPhone X

Just recently, Apple released the new iPhone models and Apple watch 5 giving them the benefit of enjoying the new iOS 13  and watchOS 6 cool and exciting features. While some iWatch 5 users are enjoying its features, there have also been reports of iWatch 5 not syncing with iPhone X. 

There are possible reasons why users are having problems with syncing iWatch 5 with iPhone X. It could be perhaps they are having problems with the Bluetooth and Wifi Connection, or the iWatch and iPhone X issues with software. Whatever the reason may be, below are a list of potential solutions that can help fix the problem. Read on below to find out how. 



In order to communicate with iWatch 5 or any Apple watch, the iPhone uses its Bluetooth and Wifi Connection. Technically, if there’s an issue with either of these features it can cause it not to sync with your iWatch 5 (Apple Watch 5). Make sure to check if iWatch 5 is connected to your iPhone, to do this follow the steps below: 

Step 1: On the Apple watch display, swipe up from the bottom to show the Control Center.

Step 2: On the Control Center, check these icons: 

  • iPhone icon: located at the upper left corner of the Apple watch. If you see the iPhone icon is green, it means that Apple Watch is connected to your iPhone. However a red iPhone icon with a slashed means that it is not connected to your iPhone or not in range. Make sure that Apple watch and iPhone should be at least 30 feet near with each other. 
  • Wifi icon: when the wifi icon is blue, it means that Apple watch is connected to a Wifi network. Try to tap Wifi icon to turn it off and turn it On again in an attempt to pair it again with your iPhone X.


Make sure to check the settings of your iWatch 5 and iPhone X as it is not always the case that problems arise due to software of hardware problems, sometimes as simple as the settings on your devices that might be causing the problem. Settings such as Airplane Mode and Bluetooth connection. As mentioned earlier, both devices communicates via Bluetooth and WiFi network, therefore then Airplane mode is ON and Bluetooth is turned OFF then clearly it is causing the syncing problem. 

To check settings, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1: On the Apple Watch display, swipe up to reveal the Control Center.  Check the status of Airplane Mode icon on your, located at the upper right corner of the screen.

Airplane Mode is responsible for communicating with iPhone and iWatch 5. You will know if Airplane Mode is ON if it appears to be highlighted in Orange, if it is, tap on Airplane mode icon to turn if OFF. Basically, if Airplane Mode is ON on your iWatch, it may be the reason why your watch cannot sync with your iPhone X and if that’s the case upon turning it off, iWatch should connect shortly with iPhone X. 

Step 2: On your iPhone X, slide down from the upper right corner of your screen to reveal Control Center. The same function as on your iWatch, prevents communication. And just like with iWatch, make sure to turn OFF (icon turns white) Airplane Mode if it is highlighted in Orange (Which means ON). 

Step 3: Check Bluetooth status on your iPhone X. Since it is essentially responsible for pairing an iPhone X and Apple Watch 5, make sure it is turned ON. You can easily tell if Bluetooth is turned OFF if it is highlighted in White, but if Bluetooth is highlighted in Blue, it means it is turned ON.


Make sure both your iPhone X is running on the latest software, iOS 13 updating can help fix bugs that may have caused syncing problems on both devices. Unfortunately though, it is not possible to update iWatch if it is not sync to your iPhone.

To check the latest software update on iPhone: 

Step 1: Go to Settings from the home screen of your iPhone

Step 2: Tap on General

Step 3: Then tap on Software Update

Step 4: Check whether your are running the current version of software or is up to date. If there’s available update, tap on download and install. 


It is likely possible that the data on your iPhone gets corrupted that makes it hard for both devices to sync with each other. Resetting Network settings can somehow help in reconnecting and syncing of your iPhone and iWatch 5. Before doing this step, make sure to keep in mind the log in details i.e network name and password of your WiFi network to avoid connecting problems later on. 

To Reset Network Settings:

Step 1: Go to Settings from your iPhone

Step 2: Tap on General

Step 3: Scroll down from the list of options and tap on Reset

Step 4: Then tap on Reset Network Settings

Step 5: Type in Passcode or Face ID to confirm action.


After running through some check on your devices, and still the problem persists let move on with troubleshooting. First, let us start with rebooting your iPhone X as it has been reported to have fixed some issues with your Apple products. 

How to Reboot iPhone X

Step 1: Press and quickly release Volume Up Button, located at the left side corner of the iPhone.

Step 2: Next, press and quickly release Volume Down Button, located just below Volume Up Button. 

Step 3: Then, press and hold the Power/Sleep Button, located at the right side, until the Apple logo appears.

Step 4: Wait for iPhone to normally start. 

After rebooting your iPhone, try to sync it again with Apple Watch 5. 


If after rebooting the iPhone, you are still experiencing syncing problem the next thing to do is to reboot your iWatch. Although at times it is much better and highly recommended to reboot both devices before trying to sync them again. 

Most of the time, rebooting your iWatch 5 to fix some bugs or issues though it doesn’t delete any content or information nor does it return your watch to its default state. 

How to Reboot iWatch 5:

Step 1: Simultaneously press and hold Digital Crown and the Button below it and wait until the Apple logo appears.

Step 2: Wait for your iWatch to normally start. It can take a while which is completely normal.


If all else fails, and still syncing problem still persists you may need to reset Apple watch. This is considered to be a last resort since resetting it to factory settings basically means setting it up just as you did when you first got it. It deletes data and information on your iWatch. 

To Factory reset Apple watch:

Step 1: Tap on the Digital Crown of your Apple watch located at the right side

Step 2: Next, tap on Settings

Step 3: Then tap on General

Step 4: Tap on Reset

Step 5: Finally, Tap on Erase All Content and Settings

Step 6: Type in Passcode of required.