iPad not finding your Apple Watch for Apple Fitness+ and the Fitness app?

iPad looking for apple watch in Apple Fitness+

Want to watch Apple Fitness+ videos on your iPad’s larger screen, but it’s not able to find your Apple Watch?

When your iPad cannot connect to your Apple Watch when starting a Fitness+ workout, you see a button asking if you want to Work Out Without Watch.

And may see a message or the spinning circle that the iPad is Looking for Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, a lot of iPads have difficulty connecting with and recognizing Apple Watches for Fitness+

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Tips to help your iPad find and connect to your Apple Watch for Apple Fitness+

  1. Make sure you use the same Apple ID on your iPad as your paired iPhone (and Apple Watch.)
  2. Toggle on Keychain in iCloud settings on both iPhone and iPad.turn on iCloud Keychain for iPad and iPhone
  3. Add the Home app to both iPad and iPhone and open the home app on both devices. Then, toggle on the Home app in your iCloud settings for both devices.Home app in iCloud settings
  4. Restart both your iPad and your Apple Watch.
  5. On your iPad, turn off Bluetooth and WiFi, wait 20 seconds, then turn Bluetooth back on, followed by WiFi.
  6. If your iPhone is nearby, try toggling off Bluetooth temporarily so that your Apple Watch connects to your iPad instead of your iPhone.
  7. Turning on Detect Gym Equipment in the watch setting in Workout by open your Watch’s Settings app > Workout > toggle on Detect Gym Equipment.detect gym equipment on apple watch settings
  8. Turn off Power Saving Mode for the Workout App on your Apple Watch via Settings app > Workout > toggle off Power Saving Mode.turn off power savings mode workout app on apple watch

Is your iPad still not seeing your Apple Watch for Fitness+?

As our reader, Marc noticed, open Fitness+ on your iPad and immediately check if the image associated with your Apple ID shows up in the top corner of the Fitness+ app launch screen. Apple Fitness+ Apple ID

If you don’t see your image, there is likely a problem with Apple connecting Fitness+ to your Apple ID. This often happens when you use multiple Apple IDs–like a different one for the App Store vs. the one for iCloud Photos.

  1. Delete the Fitness app from your iPad.remove the fitness app from iPad
    1. Restart your iPad.
    2. Then reinstall the app.
    3. Check if your iPad now sees your watch.
  2. If that didn’t work, delete the Fitness app again, then log out of your Apple ID for Media & Purchases.Log out of App Store on iPad in Appel ID settings
    1. Once signed out, wait 30 seconds.
    2. Log back into Media & Purchases with your Apple ID.
      1.  Double-check that Media & Purchase is now associated with the correct Apple ID.
    3. Reinstall the Fitness app.
    4. Always make sure you use the same Apple ID that you use with your watch’s paired iPhone.

And if none of these tips worked for you, try logging completely out of your iPad’s Apple ID, then signing back in. Although lengthy, it almost always works!

Check your iPad compatibility

Not all iPads work with your Apple Watch and Apple Fitness+ or the Fitness app for iPad.

  • iPad Pro all models
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4 
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) 
  • iPad Air 2 

Additionally, your iPad must use iPadOS 14.3 and higher.

The Fitness app for iPad is not included in the iPadOS update, so open the App Store on your iPad and search for the Fitness app there.

Check your Apple Watch compatibility.

Fitness+ only works with Apple Watch Series 3 or later. 

Sorry folks with older models!

Wrap up

We hope this short article got your iPad up and running so you can enjoy all that Fitness+ offers on the bigger screen of your iPad.

Be sure to check out the Burn Bar, one of the most awesome features in Fitness+! 

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  1. Thank You! I followed the steps down to the end and that finally did the trick! A tip for others and perhaps to update the article, if you have an image associated with your Apple ID and that does NOT show up in the Fitness+ app, it is a good indicator that everything is not sync’d and sharing correctly. Also, I had to re-enable “Media & Purchase” after signing out and then back into my iCloud account on my iPad Pro. The prompt to do that was when I was unable to sign into my iCloud account from within the Apple Fitness+ app on my iPad. Thanks Again!


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