Apple Watch Set Up

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To set up and use a new Apple Watch, you need an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later. Learn how to identify your iPhone model and how to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS.

Turn on your Apple Watch and put it on

Make sure that your iPhone has Bluetooth turned on, and that it's connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network. If you already set up your Apple Watch but want to use it with a different iPhone, you can transfer your Apple Watch and its content to your new iPhone.

To turn on your Apple Watch, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo. This may take a few minutes. Get help if your Apple Watch won’t turn on or if you're asked to enter a passcode and forgot it.

Wait for the "Use your iPhone to set up this Apple Watch" message to appear on your iPhone, then tap Continue. If you don't see this message, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap All Watches, then tap Pair New Watch.

If this is your Apple Watch, tap Set Up for Myself. Or tap Set Up for a Family Member, then follow the steps to set up the watch for someone in your family. Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together until you complete these steps.

Before you start

Center the watch face in the viewfinder on your iPhone. Wait for a message to say that your Apple Watch is paired. If you can't use the camera, or you don't see the pairing animation or your iPhone can't read it, tap Pair Apple Watch Manually, then follow the steps that appear.

If this is your first Apple Watch, tap Set Up as New Apple Watch. Otherwise, tap Restore from Backup. If asked, update your Apple Watch to the latest version of watchOS. Your Apple Watch might require a software update before you can set it up.

Pair more than one Apple Watch

If your iPhone says that a software update is available, tap Update Now and wait for the update process to finish. Read the Terms and Conditions and tap Agree, then tap Agree again to continue.

If asked, enter your Apple ID password. If you aren’t asked, you can sign in later from the Apple Watch app: Tap General > Apple ID, then sign in. Certain features that require a cellular phone number won’t work on cellular models of Apple Watch unless you sign in to iCloud.

If Find My isn't set up on your iPhone, you'll be asked to turn on Activation Lock. If you see an Activation Lock screen, your Apple Watch is already linked to an Apple ID. You need to enter the email address and password for that Apple ID to continue set up.

If your Apple Watch was previously owned, you might need to contact the previous owner to remove Activation Lock. Your Apple Watch shows you which settings it shares with your iPhone. If you turned on features such as Find My, Location Services, Wi-Fi Calling, and Diagnostics for your iPhone, these settings automatically turn on for your Apple Watch.