What does the red crossed-out phone icon in Apple Watch mean?

What does the red crossed-out phone icon in Apple Watch mean?

Problems with connecting Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch isn’t properly connected to your iPhone, multiple and diverse problems may occur. You won’t be able to:

  • create a pair;
  • answer a call;
  • read a message.

This error is quite common among iWatch users. So, how can the red crossed-out icon on Apple Watch be fixed and what does it mean?

How to fix the problem

There are several possible bugs and several ways to fix this problem, namely:

  1. Apple Watch is not connected to the network.
  2. Airplane mode is activated on your iPhone.
  3. There are problems with the connection of the pair.

Let’s deal with all of these aspects one by one.

Apple Watch is not connected to the network

To check your Internet connection, you just need to send a message to your own device or call it. If you find out that your watch isn’t connected to the network, then you should check the connection to your iPhone using the Apple Watch control menu. This will help you understand the essence of the error and find ways to fix it.

Airplane mode is activated on your iPhone

When the Airplane mode is enabled, it will be enough to go through a simple step of restarting the device. To check if this mode is enabled, just look at the watch face:

  1. First, make sure that your Apple Watch is located close to your iPhone.
  2. Disable the Airplane mode on your iPhone, if it was enabled. Connect to any of the available wireless networks.
  3. Open the Apple Watch control menu and turn off the mode you need.
  4. Restart both devices.

If the problem is still there, then there is only one way to go.

Problems with connecting Apple Watch

What does a red crossed-out phone in Apple Watch mean: problems with connecting a pair

The last chance to fix this error is to create a new pair between your devices. As you may have guessed, to complete this step, you need to break the connection between the Apple Watch and the iPhone and recreate it once again.

In order to fix the red crossed-out phone error on the iWatch and to find out what it means, you will need to go to the settings menu (namely, «Erase content and settings») and delete all content in the smartwatch.

Next, you should break the connection on the iPhone via the Apple Watch program. Confirm all our actions, create a new pair, and gradually check the connection to the network.

Advisor to appleiwatch.name, co-author of articles. Has been working with Apple products for over 10 years.

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