Can the Apple Watch receive a push notification if its paired iPhone is not available?

A couple months back my iPhone broken while I was on-call for production support. Our VPN only allows for Duo Push notifications, so I had to rush to the Apple store and have my phone repaired on the spot.

Fast-forward a couple months and I noticed that Duo supports Apple Watch. Initially I thought this could have helped me in the situation where my iPhone broke, however, it seems that the Apple Watch will not receive push notifications if the paired iPhone isn’t available (e.g. broken or lost).

Can the Apple Watch receive a push notification if its paired iPhone is not available?

Hi @nithin,

You are correct, the Apple Watch is not able to generate passcodes or answer push notifications without a nearby phone as it requires communication with Duo Mobile running on a phone.

To your point about what to do in the event that your phone breaks or you forget it at home, you can always contact your administrator. They will be able to generate a bypass code for you as a temporary workaround, so you will be able to access your Duo-protected applications in the meantime.

Thanks for the prompt response! That answers my question.