How to Use Tidal on Apple Watch [2024 Latest]

By Miley Swift Updated on 2024-01-08 / Update for Tidal Tips

Apple Watch is a versatile smartwatch from Apple. It seamlessly integrates into the Apple ecosystem. Serving as an extension of the iPhone, it provides fitness tracking, health monitoring, and app support directly from the wrist. For app support, you can now link apps on Apple Watch for many usages like enjoying music.

Does Apple Watch work with Tidal? Many Tidal fans wonder about this question. Of course. You can get an official way to use Tidal Apple Watch easily. Besides, we provide an extra way to show how to enjoy Tidal songs on Apple Watch without the Tidal app in this post. Without further ado, let's get started.

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Part 1. Does Tidal Work on Apple Watch

Since there is a Tidal Apple Watch app, Apple Watch users can download and link Tidal directly to their watches. You can even download Tidal music for offline listening if you subscribe to Tidal HiFi or HiFi Plus. But before using Tidal on your Apple Watch, one thing you need to be aware of is that Apple Watch Tidal does not support high-quality music. The sound quality of Tidal on Apple Watch will be greatly degraded.

But don't worry, we've found another way for you to listen to high-quality Tidal music on your watch. All you need is a third-party software, AudFree Tidal Music Converter, to help you download Tidal music to your Apple Watch losslessly. Then you can put the downloads to Apple Watch for enjoying.

Part 2. How to Use Tidal on Apple Watch Officially

Make sure your Apple Watch is Apple Watch Series 3 or later running watchOS 7.1 or above. Otherwise, you won't be able to use the Tidal app on your Apple Watch. Then follow the steps below to download and link Tidal to Apple Watch.

How to Download and Connect Tidal to Apple Watch

Step 1. Open the App Store on your Apple Watch.

go to apple watch app store

Step 2. Search for Tidal and tap on 'Get' to download and install the Apple Watch Tidal app.

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Step 3. Open the Tidal app and it will display a code.

Step 4. On your phone, go to Apple Watch and link your watch to your Tidal account by entering the login code shown on your Apple Watch.

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Step 5. Tap on 'Done' on your Apple Watch and you can start playing Tidal on Apple Watch.

How to Download Tidal Music to Apple Watch

Step 1. Please open the Tidal app on your watch first.

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Step 2. Next, you should locate the songs or playlists you want to download and tap the 'Download' icon.

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Step 3. After downloading, you can find the downloaded Tidal music in the 'Downloaded' section.

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Then, you are able to play Tidal music on Apple Watch without using phone offline.

Part 3. How to Download Tidal Music for Apple Watch Losslessly

It is easy to download and link Tidal to your Apple Watch. But the sound quality isn't as good as what you'll hear on your phone or computer because Tidal limits music on the Apple Watch to 96Kbps. So, we're going to provide you with a way to listen to high-quality Tidal music on your Apple Watch.

Because the Apple Watch allows syncing music from the music library on the iPhone to the watch, here's where the secret lies:

1. Download Tidal songs on computer

2. Transfer the offline Tidal downloads to iPhone

3. Put music from iPhone to Apple Watch.

To make it work, you'll need the help of the AudFree Tidal Music Converter. It is a professional tool designed to download and convert Tidal tracks to common formats like MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, and M4B. Normally, even with a Tidal HiFi or HiFi Plus subscription, you can only download Tidal music for offline listening on the Tidal mobile app. But the AudFree Tidal Music Downloader has made it possible on the desktop too and helps users get rid of all restrictions on the Tidal downloads.

Even more, this tool can save 100% MQA Tidal tracks losslessly with all metadata preserved, such as artist, title, album art. Running on a Windows computer, AudFree Tidal Music Downloader can work at 5X downloading and conversion speed.

Whether you are a free user of Tidal, you can use this software to download and convert Tidal music. So, you can now install the AudFree Tidal Music Downloader by clicking the "Download" button below. You will then be able to get Tidal songs for playing on your Apple Watch losslessly without a Tidal subscription.

AudFree Tidal Music Downloader

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  • Download Tidal songs, albums, playlists without quality loss
  • Convert Tidal music to MP3, WAV, MP3, AAC, M4A, etc.
  • Work at 5X speed with all ID3 tag information kept
  • Play Tidal on Apple Watch with high quality

Here we will show all the steps required to get Tidal downloads and you'll also learn how to transfer music to Apple Watch for offline listening. Before getting started, please make sure you have installed the right version of the AudFree Tidal Music Downloader along with the Tidal desktop app as well.

Step 1Load Tidal music to AudFree Tidal Downloader
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Launch the AudFree Tidal Music Downloader and the Tidal app will open automatically right after. Find the track or playlist you want to download from the Tidal app. Copy the link of the Tidal music and paste it to the search bar of AudFree's main interface. Then click the '+' button to add Tidal music to the AudFree software.
Step 2Customize output format for Tidal Apple Watch
define tidal output format for apple watch
Mac users are able to find "AudFree Tidal Music Converter" on the menu bar of the desktop. Windows users just simply go to the "menu" icon from the upper-right corner to select "Preferences" > "Convert" section. iTunes supports WAV, AAC, MP3, etc. So, in order to play Tidal on Apple Watch losslessly, you are suggested to choose the output format among them. You can also adjust other audio parameters according to your needs.
Step 3Download Tidal music for Apple Watch
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Now tap on the "Convert" button at the bottom-right corner, and the AudFree tool will start to download and convert Tidal for Apple Watch. The whole conversion duration is based on the number of songs on the converting list. When the downloading is finished, a red spot with numbers will prompt up. Please click it to check and locate Tidal music downloads from the output folder. Then you are able to upload Tidal downloads to Apple Watch.

Part 4. How to Put Tidal Music on Apple Watch Offline

In this part, you will learn how to play your Tidal downloaded music on Apple Watch without using the Tidal app. To do that, first, you need to upload Tidal music to iTunes Library and later sync it to your iPhone. Then, you should put it from iPhone to Apple Watch.

How to Transfer Tidal files to iPhone from iTunes Library

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer. Open iTunes on desktop or the Music app on Mac OS.

Step 2. Click 'Music' > 'File' > 'Add Folder to Library' to select your converted Tidal music folder.

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Step 3. Create a new playlist and put all your Tidal music in this new playlist.

Step 4. Tap your device on the top-right corner of iTunes, and go to 'Music' on the left menu bar.

Step 5. Check 'Sync Music' > 'Selected Playlists, artists, albums and genres'. Press the 'Apply' button to sync the Tidal playlist from the iTunes library to the iPhone. Then click the 'Done' option.

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How to Sync Tidal Music on Apple Watch from iPhone

Step 1. Open your iPhone, and go to 'Settings' > 'Bluetooth' to pair your Apple Watch and phone.

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Step 2. Please run the 'Apple Watch' app on your iPhone. On the 'My Watch' section, please scroll download to tap the 'Music' option. Then, hit 'Add Music' and go ahead to 'Playlist' to sync the Tidal playlist onto your Apple Watch.

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Step 3. Next, you should tap the 'Sync' option to begin the process. Once the process is completed, you are all done and free to ditch your iPhone at home, and directly listen to music on Apple Watch without phone and the Tidal app offline for free.

Part 5. FAQs about Tidal Apple Watch

To give you a clearer picture of Apple Watch Tidal, we've answered some frequently asked questions. You can get a quick overview.

Q1: Does Tidal Work on Apple Watch?

A: Yes, there is a Tidal app for Apple Watch. So, you can directly download the Tidal app from the App Store to Apple Watch. You can listen to Tidal music on Apple Watch through the Tidal app.

Q2: What Can I Do with Tidal on Apple Watch?

A: You can play and control Tidal playback directly from your Apple Watch, without relying on your iPhone. You can also download Tidal music for offline listening. Plus, you'll always be able to listen to ad-free Tidal music.

Q3: Can Apple Watch Play Tidal Music without Phone?

A: Yes, once you install the Tidal app on Apple Watch, you can play and control Tidal directly from your Apple Watch, no phone required.

Q4: What Music Quality Does Tidal Offer on Apple Watch?

A: Tidal confirms that the music quality is limited to 96Kbps on wearable devices including the Apple Watch. To play high-quality Tidal on Apple Watch, you can seek help from AudFree Tidal Music Downloader. It helps you download music from Tidal losslessly so you can play high-quality Tidal music offline on your Apple Watch.

Q5: What Music Apps Work with Apple Watch?

A: You can certainly use Apple Music on Apple Watch. In addition to Apple Music and Tidal we mentioned above, you also can use Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, YouTube Music and the rest.

View also: How to Listen to Apple Music on Apple Watch

Part 6. In Conclusion

To use Tidal Apple Watch, you can download the Tidal app directly to your watch. You can also use the AudFree Tidal Downloader to download Tidal music and play it offline without Tidal paid plans on your watch. Although the first way is easier, it doesn't offer you high-quality music, and the audio quality offered by Tidal to Apple Watch is limited to 96Kbps.

So, if you require music quality or want to enjoy Tidal songs freely, it is recommended that you use the second method. The AudFree Tidal Downloader will keep the original sound quality of all your Tidal songs, and you can enjoy it on your watch anytime and anywhere.

Miley Swift

Miley Swift

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Miley Swift is a professional content creator in the field of music entertainment and tech. Passionate about Tidal streaming technology, she is adept in offering and updating relevant tech skills and tools of Tidal music.

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