How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone [Tutorial]

Apple Watch is designed to work as better half of iPhone. By no means, I want to devalue the role of Apple Watch by labelling it as other half as the watch can do many things on its own. During the Apple event this year, the brand launched second edition of its smartwatch; the first one was released in April 2015.

If you have bought Apple Watch for the first time, you would like to pair it with iPhone; even if you are new to Apple’s ecosystem, this information provides you necessary details to pair Apple Watch, Series 2 or Series 3 with iPhone. For those who have got old watch and new iPhone, they need to pair Apple Watch with new iPhone again.

For now, we believe that you have got a new Apple Watch, Series 2 or Series 3 and now you want to pair it with an iPhone. Do follow two methods given below.

You can pair Apple Watch only if you have iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6(s), 6(s) Plus, 5, 5S, 5c or SE running on 8.2 or later iOS versions.

How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone via Camera

Before you start following the steps given below, put your watch in charge; normally, a new Apple Watch comes fully charged, but to play it safe, you should ensure that it is in charge. Moreover, turn on Wi-Fi connection and Bluetooth on your iPhone as Apple Watch uses Bluetooth to establish connection.

Step #1: Take your Apple Watch in your hands and tap on the side button for a second or two, and you can see Apple logo on the watch screen. Select your language and go ahead.

Now your Apple Watch asks you to launch Apple Watch app available on your iPhone.

Step #2: Open Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Step #3: Tap on Start Pairing button on your iPhone screen.

Step #4: You will get a pop-up that reads ‘To set up your Apple Watch, make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi or a cellular network, and turn on Bluetooth.’

Step #5: Next, put your Apple Watch under iPhone’s camera to pair the watch automatically. You need to follow some instructions given by Apple Watch and you are good to go.

If this doesn’t work, you can pair Apple Watch with iPhone manually.

How to Connect Apple Watch with iPhone Manually

Step #1: Open Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Step #2: Tap on Start Pairing button on the screen.

Step #3: Here you will see an option of pairing Apple Watch manually at the bottom of iPhone screen.

Step #4: Now Tap on Pair Apple Watch Manually; next, tap on ‘i’ icon on Apple Watch to see its name.

Step #5: Select the name shown on Apple Watch iPhone app from a list.

Step #6: Next, follow the instructions given on Apple Watch app to finish pairing.

How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone X

Many iPhone users have switched to the latest and most modern iPhone X. Among other things, the most important one is to pair your Apple Watch with iPhone X. If you have got Apple’s watch, you need to unpair it with your existing phone and then pair it with iPhone X. Follow the steps mentioned below to pair your Apple Watch with iPhone X.

It goes without saying that you need to turn on Bluetooth on iPhone X; also connect your phone with Wi-fi or cellular network. And put your Apple Watch on charge.

Step #1: First, turn on your Apple Watch if you have turned it off for any reason. Simply press and hold side button and release it when you see Apple logo.

Step #2: Next, keep your Apple Watch and iPhone side by side. This will show you a message on your iPhone: “Use your iPhone to set up this Apple Watch”.

Step #3: Tap Continue on iPhone.

If you don’t see this message, open Watch app on your iPhone and tap on Start Pairing.

Step #4: Now keep your iPhone on the animation and adjust the watch face in viewfinder on iPhone. You can see a message that confirms that your Apple Watch is paired.

Step #5: Then your iPhone will show you two options: Restore from Backup and Set Up as New Apple Watch.

Step #6: Select the Wrist Preference, i.e. on which do you like to wear your Apple Watch. You can choose Left or Right.

Step #7: You will be landed on Terms and Conditions screen; read it carefully and then tap on Agree.

Step #8: You may be prompted to submit your Apple ID.

Step #9: On Shared Settings screen, Apple informs you that your smart watch shares settings with iPhone for Location Services, Find My iPhone, Siri, and Analytics. Here, you need to tap on OK. This will download Activity app on your iPhone.

Step #10: Next, you need to create a passcode. Tap on Create a Passcode or Add a Long Passcode on your iPhone; after this, enter the new code on Apple Watch.

You can now set up Apple Pay by adding a credit/debit card.

Next in line is setting up SOS and Activity. If you are using Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), setup cellular.

Now you can install apps compatible with Apple Watch.

Finally, your Apple Watch begins to sync; let the process finish.

Also Check: How to Switch Carriers on Apple Watch Series 3

During this entire process, you need to keep both your devices side by side. When the process is finished, you will hear a ringing sound and feel a mild tap on Apple Watch. Finally, press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.

It is done!

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