How to Fix a WearOS Watch Not Staying Connected to a Huawei Phone

I was getting pretty frustrated with my new WearOS watch (the Fossil Watch Gen 5 for those curious) would just keep disconnecting from my Huawei P30 Pro.

It connects during the setup process but then after a while, the watch will just say it’s disconnected even if the phone shows that it is absolutely connected via Bluetooth.

Turns out this little magic trick has to do with Huawei’s EMUI battery super aggressive battery management.

Essentially, one of the reasons the Huawei P30 Pro has some of the best battery life of any phone out there is the fact that EMUI kills any processes in the background that it deems unimportant/battery intense. Which, in theory, is great, right?

For some dumb reason though, it thinks WearOS is one of those processes.

Regardless of the why, if this is happening to your Huawei phone and WearOS watch, there is a fix at least.

How to Fix Your Huawei Phone Not Staying Connected to WearOS

  1. Once the watch and phone are paired and all set up, pull down the notification shade on phone and tap the gear icon to get to settings.
  2. Then search for Battery and tap on Battery Optimization.
  3. Once in there, search for WearOS and turn it off (this will stop EMUI from trying to micromanage it).
  4. Now, you’d think that would be enough, but oh no, it’s not. Next, go back to settings and search for and tap on Optimize Battery Usage.
  5. Tap on App Launch.
  6. And in here search for, tap on, and turn off all the options for WearOS.

After that, reboot your watch and phone and EMUI should stop trying to kill WearOS.

Let me know if that worked for you if you’re stuck in the comments below and make sure to subscribe to my weekly email newsletter for tech tips, tricks, videos, and more.

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2 thoughts on “How to Fix a WearOS Watch Not Staying Connected to a Huawei Phone”

  1. Wait. This is good news but, I’m a little confused! I didn’t think, thanks to President Chump, that you could get Play store for the Apps on newer Huawei phones. Was this the last phone you could or did you side load?

    I would love to order a P40 Pro but, this could be a show stopper for my Suunto 7

    1. Ha so well you can actually get apps pretty easily by downloading an alternative App Store (I used APKPure). The bigger issue comes from GMS (a collection of services that Google offers to other developers to make their apps easier to program). If these are used in an app then that part of the app—and most of the time the app itself—won’t work. I.e. Uber isn’t a Google app but it uses GMS (Google Mobile Services) to get your location so basically it can’t do that and therefore won’t work.

      Working on my complete walkthrough of the P40 Pro as we speak and I go in to how I got around some of this if you want to check that out (hoping to finish it tomorrow and have it live on the channel on Weds. You can subscribe here if you aren’t already and tap the bell to be notified when that goes live 🙂 –

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