How to pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone using the Watch app

  • Using the Watch app on your iPhone, you can pair an Apple Watch with an iPhone.
  • Before pairing your Apple Watch with your iPhone, ensure sure the devices are compatible and that your iPhone is running the most recent version of iOS.
  • You’ll be able to utilize all of your Apple Watch’s functions, including on-wrist phone calls and text messaging, once you’ve synced it.

So, you’ve made the decision to buy your first Apple Watch.

Now, in your wrist, you can measure your physical activity, sleep (through third-party apps), and effortlessly access your phone calls and texts throughout the day.

However, you must first pair your watch with an iPhone. Here’s how you can get started.

How to pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone

Check your compatibility

To begin, double-check that your watch is compatible with your iPhone model. If you didn’t do this before buying the Apple Watch, don’t open the package until you’ve double-checked this information.

Here’s a rundown of which Apple Watches are compatible with which iPhones

  • Apple Watch First Generation is compatible with the iPhone 5 or later, running iOS 8.2 or later.
  • Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are compatible with the iPhone 5 or later, running iOS 11 or later.
  • Apple Watch Series 3 has two models, one with a cellular plan like your phone (LTE) and one without (Non-LTE). If you buy a new version of either model, you’ll need an iPhone 6s or later, running iOS 14 or later. If you buy an old version from a few years ago, you might be able to use an iPhone 6 and iOS 13, but it’s not guaranteed.
  • Apple Watch Series 4 also has two models, with LTE being compatible with the iPhone 6 or later, and Non-LTE being compatible with iPhone 5s. Both need iOS 12 or later.
  • The Apple Watch Series 5 needs an iPhone 6s or later, running iOS 13 or later.
  • The Apple Watch SE needs an iPhone 6s or newer with at least iOS 14.
  • Finally, the Apple Watch Series 6 needs an iPhone 6s or later, running iOS 14 or later.

Ensure that your iPhone’s iOS is up to date as well. You can find out what version of iOS you have by navigating to Settings > General > About and scrolling down to the “Version” section.

Pair your Watch and iPhone using the Watch app

Make sure your Bluetooth is turned on and your iPhone is linked to WiFi or a cellular network after you’ve confirmed that your Apple Watch will operate with your iPhone.

Make sure you have the Apple Watch app installed on your iPhone, and if you don’t, go to the Apple Store and get it.

Now take the following steps:

1. Switch on your Apple Watch. Hold down the right-hand button on your Apple Watch until the white Apple logo appears on a black backdrop. It’s possible that it’ll linger on this screen for a while.

2. Choose your language and region.

3. Keep your watch in close proximity to your iPhone. On your iPhone, wait for the message “Use your iPhone to set up this Apple Watch.” On your iPhone, press the “Continue” button, and on your Watch, press “Start Pairing.” If the message does not appear on your phone, open the Apple Watch app and select “Start Pairing.”

4. On your Apple Watch, an animation will show. Center the Watch-shaped window over the Watch’s screen by pointing your iPhone’s camera at it. You’ll get a notification indicating the Watch has been linked. It may ask you to update the Watch OS at this point. Please do so.

5. On the other hand, it will prompt you to choose between restoring your Apple Watch from a backup or “Setting Up as New Apple Watch.” If you’re using an Apple Watch for the first time, press “Set Up as New Apple Watch.” You can, however, choose to install a previous backup onto your Apple Watch if you have one.

6. Choose whether you’ll put it on your left or right wrist. If you choose the appropriate decision, you’ll have to decide which side the Digital Crown (the wheel that controls the Watch) should be on.

7. Read the Terms and Conditions, and then tap “Agree” to continue.

8. Sign into your iCloud Account. It may automatically log you in. Otherwise, enter your iCloud information on your phone.

9. You can now pick which settings to enable and which settings to share between your iPhone and Apple Watch. Route tracking, exchanging watch metrics with Apple, Siri access, and the “Find My” app are all included. If your iPhone doesn’t have Find My enabled, you’ll need to enable Activation Lock. This ties your Watch to your iCloud account, making it impossible to reset and use it by anyone else.

10. You’ll be asked to generate a passcode at this point. You have the option of using a 4-digit or an 8-digit passcode. On your Apple Watch, enter your passcode twice. You can skip this step if you like, but if you want to use Apple Pay on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to set up a passcode.

What’s the good news? When you have Wrist Detection turned on, you won’t have to input your passcode to unlock the watch if you’re wearing it. Once you take it off your wrist, you’ll need a passcode.

11. More functions, such as Heart Health, Apple Pay, and Emergency SOS, will be walked to set up in the app.

12. You’ll set Cellular Plan up next if you have it.

13. Choose which apps to add on your Watch. You have the option of adding all Apple Watch compatible apps presently on your iPhone or skipping this step and manually selecting apps from the Apple Watch App after you’ve completed setup.

14. Allow your Apple Watch to sync before proceeding. This could take some time depending on how much data you’re transferring. Keep the devices as close together as possible. You’ll hear a chime when the sync is complete.

That’s all, hope this helps!



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