- Open watch app on your iPhone
- Select the Start Pairing button
- Place your Apple Watch on your wrist
- Wait for a message that says “Your Apple Watch is Paired”
- Select the Set Up as New Apple Watch button
- Choose your language
- Choose your region
- Select whether or not to enable Location Services
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions
- Set up Apple Pay
- Choose a passcode for your Apple Watch
- Set up Siri
- Choose whether or not to send Diagnostics & Usage Data to Apple
- Set up Activity
- Set up Do Not Disturb
- Set up Notifications
- Set up Glances
- Customize your watch face
- Choose your apps
After you set up your apple watch might want to customize it to better match your style and needs.
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Open watch app on your iPhone
The Watch app is where you can manage all the settings for apple watch To open the Watch app, tap the Watch icon on your iPhone’s home screen.
If you can’t find the Watch icon, it might be hidden. Tap and hold on any empty space on your home screen, then select “Edit” from the menu that appears. You should see the Watch icon listed under “More Apps.” Tap the “+” sign next to it to add it to your home screen.
Once you’ve opened the Watch app, tap “My Watch” at the bottom of the screen start customizing your watch’s settings.
Assuming you’ve already unpacked your new Apple Watch, it’s time to get it set up and ready to use. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be up and running in no time.
1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
2.tap start pairing on the main screen.
3. Position your iPhone so that your Apple Watch is visible in the viewfinder on the screen. If you’re having trouble, make sure that there’s nothing obstructing the viewfinder.
4. Once your Apple Watch is visible, tap it to proceed.
5. You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to pair with this Apple Watch. Tap Continue.
6. You’ll be asked to enter a four-digit passcode for your Apple Watch. This is used to unlock your watch and grant access to certain features (like Apple Pay). Once you’ve entered a passcode, tap Continue.
7. You’ll be given the option to restore from a backup or start fresh with a new watch face. Choose an option and follow the prompts on screen to finish setting up your Apple Watch!
Place your Apple Watch on your wrist
To start using your Apple Watch, place it on your wrist and press and hold the button on the right side. When you see the logo, you can let go.
If you’re setting up your Apple Watch for the first time, choose your language, then tap Join. If you’ve already set up your iPhone with a passcode, you’ll be prompted to enter it now so it can unlock your watch.
If you didn’t turn on wrist detection when you first set up your watch, open the Settings app on your watch, then tap Passcode & Security > Wrist Detection.
Wait for a message that says “Your Apple Watch is Paired”
After you see the message that says, “Your Apple Watch is Paired,” you can use it to set up your new Apple Watch. If you’re setting up your first Apple Watch, press Continue on your iPhone.
If you see the Set Up as New Apple Watch button, it means your watch is new and has never been paired with an iPhone. If you’ve already set up your new Apple Watch and need to know how to pair it with your iPhone, check out our article on how to do that here.
Follow the steps below to get started setting up your new Apple Watch:
1. Select the Set Up as New Apple Watch button on your iPhone.
2. Choose whether you want to use Location Services and share your location with apps on your iPhone.
3. Enter a passcode for your watch. This passcode will be used to unlock your watch and send/receive payments through Apple Pay. You can also choose whether or not to enable Touch ID on your watch. Touch ID allows you to unlock your watch and make purchases using Apple Pay without having to enter your passcode every time.
4. Choose the language you want to use on your watch. Currently, English, Spanish, French, German, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese are supported languages on the Apple Watch.
5. Select the country or region in which you live. This will be used for setting up features like Siri and Calendar appointments.
6. Set up Siri on your watch by choosing whether or not you want to enable “Hey Siri” detection on your watch. This allows you to activate Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri” instead of pressing and holding theDigital Crown or Side Button . You can also choose whether or not you want Siri to provide voice feedback on your watch by scrolling down and tapping the Voice Feedback switch .
7. Choose whether or not you want Activity Tracking turned on for your watch. This feature tracks your daily activity levels and provides motivation for you to meet fitness goals . If you turn this feature off , all of your past activity data will be erased from iCloud . However , if you have a backup of this data , it can be restored at any time .
Choose your language
On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app. Tap the My Watch tab, then go to General > Language.
Choose the language that you want on your watch. On your watch, press the Digital Crown to see the list of apps. The app names will appear in the selected language.
Some languages might not be available for all apps.
Choose your region
Choose the region for your watch. This is important for setting the proper time and for using certain features, like Siri. For example, if you choose United States as your region, you can ask Siri to call you an Uber.
Tap next, then tap I Agree to continue.
Select whether or not to enable Location Services
Location Services uses GPS and nearby Wi-Fi networks to determine your location. This information is used by apps that provide location-based content, such as Maps and Weather. Many of the built-in apps on your watch also use your location to provide their own features and content. For example, Workout uses your location to calculate pace and distance.
If you enable Location Services on your watch, you can select which apps can use your location information and which ones can’t. To turn Location Services on or off:
1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Privacy > Location Services.
3. Turn Location Services on or off.
Agree to the Terms and Conditions
To get started, agree to the Terms and Conditions. You’ll need to agree to these in order to use your Apple Watch.
1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
2. Tap Start Pairing > Continue.
3. Read the terms and conditions and tap Agree if you agree.
4. Tap Agree again to confirm.
Set up Apple Pay
Apple Pay lets you make secure purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web. You can use apple pay to send and receive money with friends and family.
To set up Apple Pay on your Apple Watch:
Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
Tap Wallet & Apple Pay.
Tap Add Card.
Follow the instructions on your screen to add a card.
Once you have set up Apple Pay, you can use it to make purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web. To pay for something, just hold your Apple Watch close to the contactless reader with your finger on the Touch ID sensor.
Choose a passcode for your Apple Watch
Your Apple Watch is designed to keep your information safe. When you first set up your watch, you’re asked to choose a passcode. This passcode is different from the one you use to unlock your iPhone. It’s four digits long by default, but you can choose a longer one.
There are two ways to enter your passcode: with the digital crown or with the on-screen keypad. If you can’t remember your passcode, there’s no way to reset it from your Apple Watch. You can, however, erase all the content from your watch and start again.
Set up Siri
On your iPhone, open the Watch app.
Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Siri.
Turn on Listen for “Hey Siri.”
Return to the My Watch tab, then tap General > Wake Screen.
Tap Always or Resume Last Activity.
With Always on, your watch face wakes up when you raise your wrist or tap the screen. With Resume Last Activity, it wakes to show you the last app you used.
If you turn off Wake Screen, you need to press the side button to see the time and other information on your watch face.
Choose whether or not to send Diagnostics & Usage Data to Apple
This is an optional step, but it’s something you should consider before proceeding. By default, your Apple Watch will send Diagnostics & Usage Data to Apple. This data helps Apple improve its products and services. If you’re not comfortable with this, you can disable it. To do so, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, tap Privacy > Diagnostics & Usage, then tap Don’t Send.
Set up Activity
Open the Activity app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Activity. Turn on Share Activity, then tap Continue. Choose how you want to share your activity with your friends and family: day by day or whole weeks at a time.
With watchOS 6, you can also share your Trends with people who have iOS 13 or later and an Apple Watch Series 3 or later. To turn on sharing for Trends, open the Activity app on your iPhone and go to Sharing > Edit Sharing Privacy. Then turn on Share Trend Data.
Set up Do Not Disturb
On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap My Watch > Do Not Disturb.
Tap Do Not Disturb.
Choose when you want Do Not Disturb to turn on and off.
To turn on and off manually, enable Scheduled and drag the slider to set the time. Or enable Twilight and drag the slider to set when the sun sets in your location.
When Do Not Disturb is on, a crescent moon appears in the status bar of your iPhone and Apple Watch.
Set up Notifications
There are two ways to set up Notifications on your Apple Watch: through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, or directly on your Apple Watch.
If you want to be able to customize your notifications (for example, deciding which apps can send notifications and what type of notification they can send), we recommend setting up notifications through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. If you just want to receive notifications from the default set of apps, you can set up notifications directly on your Apple Watch.
To set up notifications on your iPhone:
1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
2. Tap Notifications.
3. Tap the switch next to Allow Notifications.
4. Tap the switch next to Repeat Alerts if you want alerts from that app to repeat.
5 To customize an app’s notification settings, tap the app’s name under Notification Style. For more information on customizing notifications, see Customize Notification Settings on Your Apple Watch below.
6 When you’re finished, tap Done.
To set up notifications directly on your Apple Watch:
1. On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app.
2. Tap Notifications -> OFF (if it’s not already selected). Doing this will turn all notifications off; if you just want to turn off some of them, continue to step 3 below instead and choose which ones you want to disable individually.. If you’d like sounds and haptics with each notification, tap Sounds & Haptics -> ON (if it’s not already selected). If you only want certain types of haptics (for example, taps rather than pulses), choose an option under Haptics instead.. 3 To turn off specific types of notification alerts from certain apps, scroll down and tap an app’s name under Do Not Disturb -> OFF (if it’s not already selected)..
Set up Glances
Glances are quick snapshots of the information you care about most. To set up Glances:
1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap Glances.
2. Tap Customize.
3. To add a Glance, tap the Add button . To delete a Glance, tap the Delete button , then tap Delete.
4. To rearrange your Glances, touch and hold a Glance, then drag it to another position.
5. Tap Done when you finish customizing your Glances.
Customize your watch face
To change the look of your watch face, press and hold the display. From here, you can swipe to choose a new watch face or tap Customize.
To quickly customize a watch face, firmly press the display, then swipe left or right.
To change the color of a Complication or modify other settings, tap the Complication > , then tap Edit.
Choose your apps
Now that you have your brand new Apple Watch, it’s time to customize it to your liking. One of the first things you’ll want to do is choose which apps to have on your Watch.
There are two ways to do this: either through the Watch app on your iPhone, or directly on the Watch itself. If you want to manage your apps through your iPhone, simply open the Watch app and scroll down to the “Available Apps” list. From here, you can browse through all of the apps that are compatible with the Apple Watch and select which ones you want to install.
If you’re running low on storage space on your Watch, you can also choose to only install the app’s complications (miniature widgets that appear on the watch face) by tapping the “Complications Only” option next to an app’s name.
To install apps directly on your Watch, open the App Store app on your device. Once there, you can browse through featured, categories, or top charts just like you would on your iPhone. When you find an app you want, tap on it and then select “Install.” The app will begin downloading onto your Apple Watch.