How to Set Up an Apple Watch

Introduction

In This Guide
Apple watch

1 Pairing for the First Time

On Your Apple Watch

  1. Power up your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button. The Apple logo will appear as the watch powers on.
    Apple watch power button

On Your iPhone

  1. Once your Apple Watch is powered up, your iPhone will display a message offering to set up the watch. Tap Continue.
    Apple Watch and iPhone asking to pair
  2. If the message was closed or did not appear, open the Watch app on your iPhone.
    Apple watch app icon
  3. Tap Start Pairing.
    Start pairing button

On Your Apple Watch

  1. A unique animation will appear on your Apple Watch.
    Animation

On Your iPhone

  1. Your iPhone will instruct you to use its camera to capture the animation by holding your phone over your watch and aligning it with the on-screen viewfinder.
    Holding the phone above your watch
  2. Your iPhone will automatically capture the animation and begin pairing with your watch. Once paired, a confirmation screen will appear. Tap Set Up Apple Watch to proceed.
    Paired apple watch

2 Set Up Apple Watch

On Your iPhone

  1. Select your wrist preference.
    Selecting left or right
  2. Select Agree for the Terms and Conditions.
    Terms and Services
  3. Sign into your Apple ID.
    Signing into your apple id 
  4. Select to enable or disable Route Tracking. This uses Location Services.
    Workout tracking
  5. Select OK to share services between your iPhone and watch.
    Selecting OK for shared services
  6. Tap Create a Passcode.
    Create a passcode

    The passcode on your Apple Watch serves as a safety precaution. Each time your watch is removed from your wrist, placing it back on will require your passcode be used to unlock it. Certain features of your watch require that you have a passcode set, such as Apple Pay.

  7. Your iPhone will display a screen telling you to create a passcode on your Apple Watch.
    Create a passcode screen

On Your Apple Watch

  1. Enter and confirm your Passcode.
    Enter new passcode screen

On Your iPhone

  1. Select Continue to turn on Heart Health so your Apple Watch can monitor your heart rate.
    Heart health

    Heart Health is only available on Series 4 Apple Watches and above.

  2. Choose whether to set up Apple Pay (you'll need to re-enter your payment details) or set it up later.
    Apple Pay
  3. Tap Continue after reading about Apple Watch's SOS feature. With Series4, your Watch can detect falls and will automatically call for help should it read a fall.
    Apple Watch SOS
  4. If you received a cellular Apple Watch, you should set it up now. Otherwise, skip this step.
    Cellular setup
  5. Some apps on your iPhone work on your Apple Watch as well. You can choose to install them now or later. Choosing later will sync mail, contacts, and messages only.
    Installing available apps
  6. Your Apple Watch will sync.
    Syncing apple watch
  7. Tap OK to finish setting up your Apple Watch.
    Finished

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In This Guide
Apple watch

On Your Apple Watch

  1. Power up your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button. The Apple logo will appear as the watch powers on.
    Apple watch power button

On Your iPhone

  1. Once your Apple Watch is powered up, your iPhone will display a message offering to set up the watch. Tap Continue.
    Apple Watch and iPhone asking to pair
  2. If the message was closed or did not appear, open the Watch app on your iPhone.
    Apple watch app icon
  3. Tap Start Pairing.
    Start pairing button

On Your Apple Watch

  1. A unique animation will appear on your Apple Watch.
    Animation

On Your iPhone

  1. Your iPhone will instruct you to use its camera to capture the animation by holding your phone over your watch and aligning it with the on-screen viewfinder.
    Holding the phone above your watch
  2. Your iPhone will automatically capture the animation and begin pairing with your watch. Once paired, a confirmation screen will appear. Tap Set Up Apple Watch to proceed.
    Paired apple watch

On Your iPhone

  1. Select your wrist preference.
    Selecting left or right
  2. Select Agree for the Terms and Conditions.
    Terms and Services
  3. Sign into your Apple ID.
    Signing into your apple id 
  4. Select to enable or disable Route Tracking. This uses Location Services.
    Workout tracking
  5. Select OK to share services between your iPhone and watch.
    Selecting OK for shared services
  6. Tap Create a Passcode.
    Create a passcode

    The passcode on your Apple Watch serves as a safety precaution. Each time your watch is removed from your wrist, placing it back on will require your passcode be used to unlock it. Certain features of your watch require that you have a passcode set, such as Apple Pay.

  7. Your iPhone will display a screen telling you to create a passcode on your Apple Watch.
    Create a passcode screen

On Your Apple Watch

  1. Enter and confirm your Passcode.
    Enter new passcode screen

On Your iPhone

  1. Select Continue to turn on Heart Health so your Apple Watch can monitor your heart rate.
    Heart health

    Heart Health is only available on Series 4 Apple Watches and above.

  2. Choose whether to set up Apple Pay (you'll need to re-enter your payment details) or set it up later.
    Apple Pay
  3. Tap Continue after reading about Apple Watch's SOS feature. With Series4, your Watch can detect falls and will automatically call for help should it read a fall.
    Apple Watch SOS
  4. If you received a cellular Apple Watch, you should set it up now. Otherwise, skip this step.
    Cellular setup
  5. Some apps on your iPhone work on your Apple Watch as well. You can choose to install them now or later. Choosing later will sync mail, contacts, and messages only.
    Installing available apps
  6. Your Apple Watch will sync.
    Syncing apple watch
  7. Tap OK to finish setting up your Apple Watch.
    Finished
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