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(Pocket-lint) - Tidal now allows Apple Watch users to stream music or download it for offline listening.

Keep in mind competing streaming services Spotify and Deezer both recently announced similar offline listening features for the Apple Watch. Unfortunately, Tidal, which has long offered lossless playback and even hi-res streaming, has confirmed that high audio quality won’t be available on the Apple Watch. It's limiting audio to 96Kbps on the wearable, just like Spotify does. 

Nevertheless, if you want to try Tidal on the Apple Watch, here's how. It's easy and will take you less than a minute to do.

How to get Tidal on your Apple Watch

Tidal requires an Apple Watch Series 3 or later running watchOS 7.1.

  1. Download and launch the Tidal app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Go to link.tidal.com and use the code shown on your watch screen.
  3. Select Done on your Apple Watch.

That's it!

What can you do with Tidal on Apple Watch?

You can stream music and control playback of Tidal directly from your Apple Watch, independent of your iPhone. You can also download playlists and listen offline from anywhere without internet connectivity. Plus, you will always listen to your music ad-free.

How much does Tidal cost?

To use Tidal on your Apple Watch, you must be a subscriber to the music streaming service. Plans start at $9.99 a month in the US.

Where is Tidal available?

Tidal is currently available in 61 countries, including the US and the UK.

Want to know more?

To see how Tidal ranks against other music streaming services, check out our comparison guide:

We also have a buyer's guide on the different Apple Watch models available:

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Writing by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on 26 May 2021.