If I don't have my phone on me, and it has nothing to connect to, would I still be able to make payments with just my watch?

I have an Apple Watch series 4 (no cellular)

  • Did it work when you tried?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Dec 10, 2021 at 4:58

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Per Apple, you can still do many things even if your Watch isn't connected to your iPhone, cellular, or wifi.

Thanks to @grg's comment for pointing out that the Watch uses NFC to make a connection to the payment terminal.

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    This is the right answer, but Bluetooth is not involved with payment terminal & Apple Watch communication which uses NFC: support.apple.com/guide/security/seccb53a35f0/web
    – grg
    Commented Dec 10, 2021 at 17:10
  • Thanks @grg, i've updated my answer.
    – fsb
    Commented Dec 10, 2021 at 19:13

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