Lucky you! You have an Apple Watch ready to pair with your iPhone. You’re in for a treat, as the Apple Watch is one of our favourite smartwatches over at Tech Advisor.
It pairs pretty much seamlessly with an iPhone to give you an excellent wrist companion to your trusty Apple smartphone. Set up out the box is a doddle, here’s how to do it.
These steps apply to every generation and model of Apple Watch.
Step 1: Unbox, turn on and charge up
Everyone loves a good unboxing, and Apple products are some of the most satisfying. Savour it!
Then toss all the packaging aside, and hold down the side button (not the rotating crown) until you see the Apple logo.
Then plug in the circular charger to a wall outlet and clip the Apple Watch onto the charger magnetically.
Step 2: Unlock your iPhone and hold your Apple Watch near it
Simply holding your powered-on Apple Watch and unlocked iPhone next to each other will bring up a window on your phone saying “Use your iPhone to set up this Apple Watch”. Tap Continue to begin the pairing process.
If this doesn’t pop up, tap Start Pairing on your Apple Watch instead to start the process, and remember to keep the iPhone and Apple Watch next to each other for the duration.
Step 3: The magic bit
This is the coolest part of the set up. A weird glowing orb will appear on your Apple Watch. There’s then a viewfinder on the screen of your iPhone. Simply position the Watch within the viewfinder.
This helps your iPhone recongnise the Watch. If it fails though, you can still tap Pair Apple Watch Manually and follow the instructions on screen.
Step 4: Set up as new or restore
Here, you’ll be asked whether you want to restore from a backup or set up as a new Watch, Chances are this is your first Apple Watch, so select ‘as new’. If you have a backup from an old Watch though, tap that option and the dates of the backups will appear for you to select.
Step 5: Select wrist
The Watch needs to know which wrist you’ll be wearing it in. Select left or right, and then tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions (if you indeed agree), and then tap Agree once more.
Step 6: Sign in
You’ll need to sign in to your Apple ID here, so have your email address and password ready.
You may be asked to run on Activation Lock, so follow the instructions. If you have bought your Watch second hand, you might need to contact the seller to get them to remove their Activation Lock.
Apple has instructions on that here
Step 7: Tinker with your preferred settings
Here, you should then have a screen to sort out your settings: Location Services, Route Tracking and Siri. Pick which you’d like to enable, but bear in mind you really should select all three to get the most out of your Apple Watch.
Step 8: Passcode
You don’t have to create a passcode, but it’s a good idea. You don’t have to enter it every time you look at your Watch, only when you first put it on having taken it off.
It is a good security measure, and Apple makes it compulsory for using Apple Pay. It will then prompt you to set up Apple Pay – have your credit or debit card ready.
Step 9: More settings
The setup will next show you how to set up features such as SOS and Activity, the latter is great for fitness and health tracking.
Step 10: Install apps
Nearly there, don’t worry. The Apple Watch app on your iPhone will then allow you to Install Available Apps. We recommend tapping Install All, which will port all available Apple Watch version of apps on your iPhone.
You can tap Choose Later if you want.
Step 11: Wait and go
Not long now! Your Apple Watch is syncing with your iPhone. Keep them near to each other until the progress wheel on the Watch is complete and you’re good to go!