Warning: If you are using the Sony a9, a7iii, a7Riii, and RX10 IV on newer versions of the firmware this app may not work. Feel free to contact support with questions.

The Sony version of Alpha Remote with Apple Watch support allows you to use your Apple Watch as a remote for your Sony Alpha camera. With the intuitive design and “user-friendly” controls, you can change your shutter speeds, aperture, ISO settings, as well as trigger your camera, and view battery information directly, all from your Apple Watch! You can see a Live View from your camera directly on the Apple Watch with Touch Focus on supported lenses and cameras. If you are recording video with your camera you can also start and stop recording from your Apple Watch.

Toggle between a variety of grid overlays to help improve your composition. This includes Thirds, Golden Ratio, Golden Spiral and much more, with more to come. The grid overlay will also be visible via live view on your Apple Watch.

You can use the Digital Crown Zoom feature on the Apple Watch to zoom with supported lenses. Your iPhone can also be used as a remote for your camera with the same functionality that you have on the Apple Watch. (Note: Some features may not be supported for all cameras available today. To see if your camera can benefit from this application see the list below. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions concerning compatibility or use of this application.)

Wifi connection between your iPhone and Sony watch can be handled with NFC and QR code scanning to simplify the process.

On most cameras, you can install the Smart Remote Control from PlayMemories, which is available for free. If you need to update that app, you can get here:

Please note the following:

If you run into any issues with this app, please contact support first at I am usually quick to respond and can give you an answer to any issue you may be having. Leaving negative feedback before contacting support doesn't help to get the issue resolved in a timely manner. So far, every issue that has been reported via negative feedback could have easily been resolved by contacting our support department.

The Sony a9, a7iii, a7Riii, and RX10 IV don't support the Smart Remote Control feature. If that’s the case, you just connect your camera by setting "Ctrl w/ Smartphone" in the camera's settings. Due to some changes by the manufacturer, some camera models don't support Live View, Touch Focus, and Battery Information.

A long press on your Apple Watch screen toggles through different layouts available. There are currently two layouts available.

For Touch Focus to work, you must have "AF w/ shutter" turned on in your camera’s settings.

Supported Cameras (based on Sony’s documentation):


If you have any issues or feature requests please email me at

What’s New

Version 1.39

- Bug fix to help stabilize the connection with the camera.

Ratings and Reviews

1.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Tvengineer ,

Not all of the features work on all cameras

I am going to give the app the benefit of the doubt and say that it is probably my model is Sony camera that just doesn’t work well with it. The App Store is confusing. It appears to me that the phone app is free and only the watch app is paid, but no. The viewfinder shows ok but I can only use it to trigger the shutter not to change iso, shutter speed or apature. And, the lag in the video to the watch app even makes it useless for tripping the shutter.

Developer Response ,

Hi, could you email support with the camera model you are using so we can see how we can help?

epv2 ,

Did not work at all on a7r III

Watch display only shows blank green rectangles, neither phone nor watch were able to trigger shutter on r3, phone app was able to trigger shutter on r2. Dev did not respond to email, $9.99 is kind of a lot to waste.

Developer Response ,

I respond to every inquiry as quickly as possible and I don't believe I have received anything from you. Please try messaging us again at with what camera you are using. Thanks.

Key tun ,

Very unstable. Most of the features or buttons do not work.

Most of the buttons do not work when use Apple Watch. No live view, so as focus and zoom not possible. The delay shutter not working well and difficult to control. Also, it sometimes delay, sometimes doesn’t. Sometimes it creates beeping for countdown, sometimes not.

Developer Response ,

Could you please email me at so I can try and help work out what is going on? Thanks.

App Privacy

The developer, Josh York, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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