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To use your smartwatch, first connect your watch to your phone with the Wear OS app. Watches that run Wear OS 3 are not compatible with the Wear OS app. Learn how to find the OS version on your watch. For the Galaxy Watch 4 series, follow these steps to setup your watch. Charge your watch and phone. On your phone, turn on Bluetooth. Make sure your watch and phone are compatible. You can find the Wear OS app in the Google Play Store.

Turn on your watch. On your phone, open Wear OS . On your watch, to choose a language and accept the terms of service, follow the on-screen instructions. On your phone, follow the on-screen instructions until you find the name of your watch. Tap the name of your watch. If it's not there, try these steps. If it's not there, try these steps.

Choose your settings

What you need

  1. If the codes are the same: On your phone, tap Pair.
    This can take a few minutes.If the codes are different:Restart your watch and try again. If the codes still don't match, try these troubleshooting steps. If the codes are the same: On your phone, tap Pair. This can take a few minutes. If the codes are different:Restart your watch and try again. If the codes still don't match, try these troubleshooting steps. To finish, follow the on-screen instructions. Tip: When your device and watch successfully connect, you'll find "Connected" in the Wear OS app. When they're not, on your watch's screen, you'll find Disconnected . Your watch can only connect to one phone at a time. To use a different phone with your watch, first use your current phone to disconnect. When you reset your watch to factory settings, it erases all apps, settings, and data on your watch.
  2. To add another watch:.
    Use a pen to change the mode on models with a recessed push-button. Simple watches tend to have a single, small, recessed button for modifying settings. Use a pen to poke into the recessed area and change the mode of your watch.[2]
    • Next to the connected watch's name, tap the Down arrow Add a new watch. To finish, follow the on-screen instructions.
    • If you have trouble when you set up your watch, try these troubleshooting steps. How can we improve it? 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.
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  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
    To skip, tap Don't Add Passcode.

Turn on other features

  1. Then we'll walk you through setting up features like automatic watchOS updates, SOS, and Activity. On cellular models of Apple Watch, you can also set up cellular. Finally, you can install your apps that are compatible with Apple Watch, or choose to install apps individually later. Depending on how much data you have, syncing might take some time. While you wait for your watch to sync, try Apple Watch Basics to learn a little about how to use your watch. Keep your devices close together until you hear a chime and feel a tap from your Apple Watch, then press the Digital Crown. Learn about gestures that control your Apple Watch and about the apps that you can use. You can also read the Apple Watch User Guide, customize your watch face, or add or remove apps. To learn what to do next, find your issue below. If you still need help, contact Apple Support. Your Apple Watch is still paired with another iPhone. If you don't remember the passcode, you need to erase your Apple Watch, then set it up again. Your Apple Watch is 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. Make sure that your iPhone has the latest version of iOS. Turn off your iPhone and turn it back on. Turn off your Apple Watch and turn it back on. With Family Setup, your family member who doesn't have their own iPhone can use their Apple Watch to do things like make phone calls, send messages, and share their location with you. After you set up a watch for a family member, you can use your iPhone to manage some of the watch's capabilities. Note that some Apple Watch features depend on having a companion iPhone, and aren't available on an Apple Watch that you pair using Family Setup.
  2. Before you begin

    Enter the family member's Apple ID password, then tap Next. Turn on Ask to Buy if you want to give approval for any downloads or purchases made on the Apple Watch. If your iPhone cellular provider supports Family Setup, you can add the watch to your plan. If your carrier doesn’t support it, you might be able to use an alternative carrier.
    Now you're asked to set up the contacts that will be available on the Apple Watch.
    To allow this, you need to have Contacts in iCloud enabled. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud on your iPhone and make sure that Contacts is turned on.*.

    Then you can choose trusted people from your own Contacts app to share on the Apple Watch.

Put on the watch and turn it on

  • You can manage these shared contacts later, and set up restrictions, in Screen Time on your iPhone.
    Finally, set a Screen Time passcode for the watch, and turn on Schooltime.
  • When you're finished, tap OK to begin using the Apple Watch. * If you're in China mainland, you also need to make sure that the Contacts app on your iPhone can use wireless data.
    Open Contacts, then tap one of the options to allow data use.
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Health and fitness features:. High and low heart rate notifications are available for users 13 and older.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is available for users 18 and older.

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Walking steadiness and fall detection are available for users 18 and older.
Users under the age of 13 can use move minutes, rather than active calories, for their Move goal in the Activity app.
Apple Pay features:. Apple Cash Family is available to users under the age of 18, allowing them to make purchases and send and receive money in Messages with Apple Pay (United States only).
You can use Apple Pay to top up a Transit card on your family member's Apple Watch.
Apple Pay using a credit, debit, or transit card in the Wallet app is not available with Family Setup.
The following features and apps are not available: Health data sharing, respiratory rate, irregular heart rhythm notifications, ECG, Cycle Tracking, Sleep, Blood Oxygen, Podcasts, Remote, News, Home, and Shortcuts.
Learn about the Activity app and how you can set move and exercise goals suitable for younger users.
Learn about Schooltime, a feature that limits Apple Watch features during a child's school hours.
To use your Apple Watch Series 3 or later with watchOS 8, you need to pair your Apple Watch with an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later.
Setup assistants on your iPhone and Apple Watch work together to help you pair and set up your Apple Watch.
If you have difficulty seeing your Apple Watch or iPhone, VoiceOver or Zoom can help—even during setup.
See Set up Apple Watch using VoiceOver or Use Zoom on Apple Watch.
WARNING: To avoid injury, read Important safety information for Apple Watch before using your Apple Watch.
Put your Apple Watch on your wrist.

Hold your Apple Watch close to your iPhone

  1. Adjust the band or choose a band size so your Apple Watch fits closely but comfortably on your wrist.
  2. For information about changing the band on your Apple Watch, see Remove, change, and fasten Apple Watch bands.
  3. To turn on your Apple Watch, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
  4. Bring your iPhone near your Apple Watch, wait for the Apple Watch pairing screen to appear on your iPhone, then tap Continue.
  5. Or open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap Pair New Watch.
  6. Tap Set Up for Myself. When prompted, position your iPhone so that your Apple Watch appears in the viewfinder in the Apple Watch app.
  7. This pairs the two devices. Tap Set Up Apple Watch, then follow the instructions on your iPhone and Apple Watch to finish setup.
  8. To learn more about your Apple Watch while it’s syncing, tap Get to Know Your Watch.

Pick a family member

You can learn what’s new, view Apple Watch tips, and read this user guide, right on your iPhone.
After your Apple Watch is set up, you can find this information by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tapping Discover. You can activate cellular service on your Apple Watch during setup. If you don’t wish to, you can activate it later in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. See Use Apple Watch with a cellular network.
Your iPhone and Apple Watch must use the same cellular carrier.
However, if you set up an Apple Watch for someone in your Family Sharing group, that watch can use a cellular carrier different from the one used on the iPhone you manage it with.
Cellular service not available in all regions.
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To set a digital watch, start by switching from normal mode to time mode. Then, press the "Advance" button to increase the minutes and the "Mode" button to change the hours. If your watch has more complicated settings, like Date and Day of the Week, move through the options using the "Mode" button. Once you find the option you want, modify it by using the "Advance" button, and press the "Set" button to return to normal mode. To learn more, including how to use settings like Alarm and Stopwatch, scroll down.

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If you see a watch face when you’re trying to pair: Your Apple Watch is already paired to an iPhone.
You need to first erase all Apple Watch content and reset settings.
If the camera doesn’t start the pairing process: Tap Pair Apple Watch Manually at the bottom of the iPhone screen, and follow the onscreen instructions.
If Apple Watch isn’t pairing with iPhone: See the Apple Support article If your Apple Watch isn’t connected or paired with your iPhone.

Unpair Apple Watch

  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Before you start

Tap My Watch, then tap All Watches at the top of the screen.