Making an iWatch compatible with a particular iOS app can be quite complicated. In order to do so, you need to follow series of steps to achieve it. Mobile application development has been marred with the various compatibility issues for a long time and thats why we have written this article in order to inform you about how to make your iWatch compatible with an iOS app.

First, you need to configure your Xcode project. You can distribute Watch app inside the iOS app. You can simply add a Watch app to any of the existing iOS project, or simply create a new iOS project which also includes a Watch app. In both of the cases, Xcode configures targets for the WatchKit extension and Watch app bundles along with their initial resources, automatically. Those bundles are then eventually delivered as iOS app part on the App Store. Any apple watch app development company focuses on this aspect of development as it is the most crucial step.

The Watch app and WatchKit extension targets which are provided by Xcode contain all the things that you need to get started to create Watch app, complications, as well as custom notification interfaces. Along with this, the iOS Simulator offers you with a runtime environment in order to test the appearance as well as the behaviour of all of the interfaces. It also helps you to track the process of iWatch app development.

In order to add a particular iWatch app to any of the existing iOS app projects, you need to do the following.

1. In Xcode, first, you need to open the project for iOS app.

2. Now select File > New > Target, and then navigate to the watchOS segment.

3. Then select WatchKit App, and click Next.

4. In the following sheet, enter a product name for your target.

5. In case you plan to implement a particular custom notification or complication, then select the appropriate checkboxes.

6. By default, The Include Notification Scene checkbox gets selected.

7. Now, click Finish.

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Xcode configures the Watch app and WatchKit extension targets and then adds the required files to the iOS app. The bundle IDs for both of the new targets are automatically configured which is based on the bundle ID of iOS app. The iWatch app, as well as bundle IDs of WatchKit extension, should match the bundle ID of iOS app. This is a critical step of iWatch app development.

Addition of the iWatch app to Xcode project configures two new executables and also updates projects build dependencies. Building iOS app also creates all three executables (the iOS app, WatchKit extension and Watch app) and also packages them together inside the bundle of iOS app.

Xcode offers a build scheme in order to run as well as debug the iWatch app. Use that particular scheme in order to launch as well as run the app in the iOS Simulator or on a particular device. In case you are asked Xcode to configure a particular custom notification interface or any complication when you are adding the iWatch app to the project, there are build schemes for executing those interfaces too. In case you didnt ask Xcode to configure those interfaces, initially, then you need to configure additional build schemes by yourself in order to facilitate running as well as testing them. Testing is important for any mobile application development and it should be done thoroughly.

In order to configure custom build schemes for complications or notifications

1. First, choose existing iWatch app scheme.

2. From the Scheme menu, now select Edit Scheme.

3. Duplicate the existing Watch app scheme, and then give the new scheme an particular name.

4. Now, select Run that is present at the left column of the scheme editor.

5. Now, in the Info tab, choose the appropriate Watch Interface for the above created new scheme.

6. In case you create a build scheme for the notification interfaces, then specify a JSON file in order to use as the notification payload while testing.

7. Now, close the scheme editor in order to save your changes.

Now you need to specify a Payload for the purpose of Remote Notification Testing as well as Debugging
When you are debugging the remote notification interfaces in an iOS Simulator, you need to specify the particular JSON payload data which you wish the system to deliver to the interface during testing. You need to specify the payload data in a particular text file with a .apns filename extension. Now, add that file to the project and then select it in the Scheme editor when you are configuring the build scheme for the notification interface. You can also include multiple payload files in the project and also either change the payload file of the build scheme or also create multiple build schemes in order to facilitate your testing.

For any apple watch app development company, demystifying the compatibility issue can be quite tedious task. Using the above-mentioned methods, an iWatch can be made compatible with an iOS app.