How to Play Tidal on Apple Watch - Latest Guide

By Miley Swift Updated on 2022-09-20 / Update for Tidal Tips

Since there is a Tidal app for Apple Watch, Apple Watch users can download the Tidal app directly to their watches. They can even download Tidal music for offline listening. But before playing Tidal on your Apple Watch, one thing you need to be aware of is that Tidal Apple Watch 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 a way for you to listen to high-quality Tidal music on your Apple Watch. All you need is a third-party software to help you download Tidal music losslessly. Of course, you can also know how to download and link Tidal to your Apple Watch. Without further ado, let's get started.

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Part 1. How to Play Tidal on Apple Watch Officially

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

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How to Download and Link Tidal to Apple Watch

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

Step 2. Search for Tidal and tap on "Get" to download and install it.

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

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

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

Part 2. How to Get Tidal on Apple Watch Losslessly

It is easy to download Tidal 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. 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 Apple Watch allows syncing music from the music library on iPhone to the watch. So here's where the secret lies: In order to play Tidal on Apple Watch losslessly, you need to download Tidal songs on computer, transfer the offline music downloads to iPhone, and then sync music to Apple Watch.

To make it work, you'll need the help of AudFree Tidal Music Downloader, which 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 Tidal HiFi or HiFi Plus subscription, you can only download Tidal music for offline listening on the Tidal mobile app. But AudFree Tidal Music Downloader has made it possible on the desktop too and helps users get rid of all restrictions on the Tidal downloads.

Whether you are a free user of subscriber to 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 play Tidal on your Apple Watch losslessly without a 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

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. If you are interested in how it works, you can get the free trial for Mac or Windows now with full functions present. You'll get to download the first one minute of each Tidal track.

Here in this part, we will show all the steps required to get Tidal downloaded and then 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 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 into AudFree software.
Step 2Customize output format for Tidal Apple Watch
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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 Tidal Music Downloader 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 finishes, a red spot with numbers will prompt up. Please click it to check and locate Tidal music downloads from the output folder.
Step 4Load Tidal files to iPhone from iTunes Library

Now, you are supposed to upload Tidal music to iTunes Library, and later sync them to iPhone by following the steps below:

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.

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 "Sync" button to sync the Tidal playlist from iTunes library to iPhone.

Step 5Sync Tidal music on Apple Watch from iPhone

Step 1. Put your Apple Watch on the charger.

Step 2. Open your iPhone, go to 'Settings' > 'Bluetooth' to turn it on.

Step 3. Run the Apple Watch app on iPhone, and scroll download to tap 'Music' option.

Step 4. Tap 'Add Music' and go ahead to 'Playlist' to sync the Tidal playlist onto your Apple Watch.

Once the processes complete, you are all done and free to ditch your iPhone at home, and directly play Tidal on Apple Watch offline for free even without the Tidal app.

Part 3. 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 the wearable devices including 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.

Part 4. In Conclusion

To play Tidal on Apple Watch, you can download the Tidal app directly to your watch. You can also use AudFree Tidal Downloader to download Tidal music and play Tidal offline on your watch. Although the first way is easier, it doesn't offer you high-quality music, and the audio quality offered by Tidal app on Apple Watch is limited to 96Kbps. So, if you have a requirement for music quality, it is recommended that you use the second method. AudFree Tidal Downloader will keep the original sound quality of all your Tidal songs, and you can enjoy high-quality music on your watch.

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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