Apple Watch | Set Up the 18Birdies App

The Apple Watch is an amazing piece of technology. With the 18Birdies Apple Watch app, we bring you an easier take on the 18Birdies experience. Now you can score your round, log stats, and get distances directly from the watch

Here are some tips on optimizing your 18Birdies Apple Watch experience.


You will first need the most recent version of the Apple Watch software; watchOS8. 

WatchOS 8 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 and later and Apple Watch SE. Upgrading to watchOS 8 requires an iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14 or later. Find your Apple Watch model.

Need to Know Info

  • Currently, 18Birdies for Apple Watch doesn't have a "Complication". If you would like to see one, please let us know at support@18birdies.com. 
  • Depending on the SKU (wifi-only or cellular + wifi), you will need to keep your phone within 10 yards of your watch to maintain data transference for optimal performance - A back or bag pocket will work!
  • As you enter scores and stats on your Apple Watch, your phone will update in parallel.

Setting up 18Birdies on the Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch application.
  2. Scroll down to view the list of applications that are installed on your phone.
  3. If you don't see 18Birdies listed under Installed on Apple Watch, scroll down to find Available Apps.
  4. Tap Install next to 18Birdies.

Optimize 18Birdies on the Apple Watch

On the "Settings" app on your watch, navigate to "General" to configure your watch hardware settings to optimize your watch for use with 18Birdies. Make sure that:

  • Within "Background App Refresh", toggle the first-row and 18Birdies buttons to be ON
  • Within "Return to Clock"->"Return to Clock" is set to "After 1 hour".
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