satechi apple watch car mount

The Apple Watch offers great convenience as it gives you access to messages, phone calls, music controls, maps, and more, directly from your wrist, making your life that much easier in everything you do. If raising your wrist to look at your Apple Watch is a simple gesture, sometimes it can be a dangerous or distracting one, such as when you’re driving or riding a motorcycle for instance. Enters the Satechi Apple Watch Mount.

The Satechi Apple Watch Mount can easily attach to your car steering wheel or even a motorcycle or bicycle handlebar, putting your watch in a safe and convenient location for you to access.

Simply remove the bands from your Apple Watch and snap it into the mount. Then clip the mount to your steering wheel, treadmill, stroller, bicycle handlebar, or just about anything that has a rounded handle. And because it is adjustable, you can rotate the mount 360 degrees in order to have the best possible viewing angle. As you can imagine, this is particularly handy for specific situations, such as when you’re riding your bike or motorcycle.

Driver riding motorcycle on an empty asphalt road

In my tests, I really appreciated the convenience of having access to Maps right there on my steering wheel. Some may argue that you could just use your iPhone for this, and I wouldn’t disagree. But there is something about having this minimal device right there in front of you.

The biggest drawback about the Satechi Apple Watch Mount doesn’t come from the accessory itself, but rather from some limitations of the Apple Watch.

If you have a passcode enabled, then you should pretty much forget about using this accessory as it will require you to punch in your passcode every time you want to see what’s on the screen. For someone like me who uses Apple Pay on Apple Watch (which requires a passcode to be enabled), turning off passcode is not even an option, so the mount is a no-go from the start.

Another limitation of Apple Watch is its poor battery life and the fact that you can’t leave the screen always on. This is obviously not ideal when mounting the watch for driving directions. Because you can’t be charging Apple Watch while mounted, this is a problem worth considering.

Despite these few limitations, I can really see how the Satechi Apple Watch Mount can be a great companion. Providing easy access to the watch is its main benefit, and if you can fit in in your routine, you’ll certainly appreciate the convenience. Yet, depending on your situation, using this accessory might prove more challenging than convenient. You be the judge.

Available in both 38 and 42mm, the Satechi Apple Watch Mount can be purchased from Amazon for $14.99.

  • AngryDingo

    Has anyone actually used that? It looks really stupid.

    • EduHH

      I think for a motorbike this is actually useful.

      • AngryDingo

        I’m thinking the bike would be vibrating way too much to read the tiny screen from 2 feet away.

      • If your bike is vibrating to a point you can’t read the display, then you have bigger problems that reading the display 🙂

      • AngryDingo

        When I read “motorbike” I was thinking of a dirt bike not a motorcycle. 🙂

      • EduHH

        true

    • Fanboy 

      With the passcode off, it would actually be really awesome. With all your notifications coming in like Messages right in front of you instead of doing what most people do and picking up their iPhone and looking at it.

      • AngryDingo

        Why would you do that? If you have an apple watch, why would you check your iphone for notifications? Just keep it on your wrist.

      • Fanboy 

        Still not as convenient as having it right in front of your face the second a notification comes in. Plus if it’s on your wrist you can’t interact with it unless you use both hands which is obviously not safe if you’re driving LOL

      • AngryDingo

        While people should have both hands on the wheel at all times, driving with one hand is safe. I just don’t see how bringing a hand up to view and glancing at a wrist is unsafe compared to avoiding this thing on the wheel and looking down, focusing, and trying to read this tiny screen on the wheel while traveling. I’d think trying to read a larger iphone screen would be safer. Would love to hear from someone who has one.

  • i have password enabled and you should only have to punch it in once once its off you wrist. If you pick it up and put it down it detected that and that’s why you have to punch it in multiple times but on this mount it should be fine.

    • No, I tested it. You have to punch in passcode every time the display goes to sleep

      • Must be only in the mount that sucks. Just tried mine just now have to punch it in once its removed but after it goes to sleep its not needed again.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        It realIzes it’s not contacted with skin. That’s when it needs a passcode.

  • deepdvd

    Nobody should mount anything to the outside of their steering wheel. That’s just unsafe.

  • Loke1988

    I have their bluetooth buttons. Nothing but issues.

  • Loke1988

    If anyone finds a video of someone staring down at a bike mounted Apple watch running into a car or wall please send me the link. People spend WAY to much time staring at little screens.

  • Jonathan

    I’ll save $15 and just use the watch strap to wrap it around the steering wheel.

  • Chindavon

    Dumb for a steering wheel, but nice for the bike.

  • 40niners

    Maybe for a Bicycle. I could see myself probably using this while biking. For car use this seems like overkill. How hard is it to put both hands on the wheel and glance at your watch??

  • George

    My 2016 Ford fusion hybrid reads my texts to me 🙂

  • Joonyaboy

    I did this on an 8 hour drive. Turned off passcode. But I just used the sport band, worked perfectly.

  • @dongiuj

    On the steering wheel?! Great, more distraction and danger for drivers. Surely that would be illegal.