Are GPS distances on my Apple Watch based on the location of my Watch or my iPhone?

If you use an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, GPS distances on Apple Watch are based on the actual location of the iPhone to which it's paired. Make sure that both devices are within a 10-yard range to avoid pairing disruption.

However, you can use the internal GPS of your watch. All you need to do is turning the Bluetooth 'Off' - after starting the round using SCORING (was SIMPLE input) on the iPhone - and the watch will use its own GPS showing you distances to the Front, Center, and Back of the Green. Note that you will need to turn off the Bluetooth directly on the iPhone Settings, otherwise, if you simply turn off the Bluetooth on the Control Center, the watch will keep fetching the iPhone's GPS. Go to your iPhone Settings > Bluetooth > Switch the toggle off.

At the end of the round, turn the Bluetooth ON again to re-establish the connection between both devices. Given that the Watch will not be connected to your iPhone, please note that if you decide to input scores via the Watch they will not be synced to your phone while you don't re-enable the Bluetooth connection. Make sure that your Apple Watch is charged fully before going out to play.


- Although it's already possible to create independent Apps with the WatchOS 6, we are still considering what would be the best solution for the Hole19 App. For now, the App will still require the iPhone to use in conjunction;

- GPS on the watch: The built-in GPS on the Apple Watch is developed to improve distance and speed information during an outdoor workout, but it's mostly a backup for when your iPhone is not nearby. We are currently working to develop the possibility of using the watch GPS exclusively.

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