Apple Watch® (Series 1 & 2) - Activate / Set Up Device

To pair and sync your Apple Watch with your iPhone, view this info.

Caution Due to different requirements and capabilities, refer to these instructions if you are activating an Apple Watch Series 3.

Note Before you begin:

  • Only one Apple Watch at a time can be paired to your iPhone.
  • The iPhone must be an iPhone 5 or later with the latest version of iOS.
  • The iPhone's Bluetooth must be turned on and connected to Wi-Fi or the Verizon network.
  • Both devices must be charged and kept close together while they are paired and synced.

  1. On the Apple Watch, press and hold the Side button (next to the Digital Crown) until the Apple logo is displayed.
  2. Tap the Watch app on your iPhone.
    Note A pairing animation should appear on the Watch.
    Note If you see an 'Activation Lock' screen, your Apple Watch is linked to an Apple ID; enter your login info to continue.
  3. Tap Start Pairing on the Watch and the iPhone.
  4. Center the iPhone over the pairing animation on the Watch until 'Your Apple Watch is Paired' is displayed.
    Note If the pairing animation isn't displayed or the iPhone doesn't read it, manually pair the devices.
  5. On the iPhone, tap Set Up as New Apple Watch.
    Note If the watch has been set up before, tap Restore from Backup then follow the onscreen steps.
  6. On the iPhone, pick a wrist by tapping Left or Right.
  7. To continue, read the Terms and Conditions then tap Agree.
  8. From the setup wizard on your iPhone, choose if you want the iWatch to use Location Services and Siri.
    Note Enable Location Services if you want your Apple Watch to track your workout routes.
  9. Enter the Apple ID password to start using the following features:
    • Digital Touch
    • Apple Pay
    • Handoff
    • Find My iPhone
    • Activation Lock
  10. If prompted, review the settings for the following services:
    Note These settings transfer from the Watch to the iPhone and the other way around. If a setting for these services is changed on one device it applies to both devices.
    • Diagnostics and Usage
    • Location Services
    • Siri
  11. On the iPhone, choose whether or not to make a passcode for the Watch.
    Note A passcode is required for features like Apple Pay.
    • Create a Passcode
      1. Make a passcode using the Watch.
      2. Select an option to choose whether the Watch unlocks with the iPhone.
    • Don't Add Passcode
  12. Choose an option to sync the iPhone apps that work with the Watch:
    • Install All
      Note Only the apps that are compatible with the Watch are synced.
    • Choose Later
      Note Only basic information (e.g., Mail, Contacts, Messages, etc.) is be synced.
  13. Keep the Watch and the iPhone close together until you hear a chime and feel a tap from the Watch.

Note For additional help, refer to: Apple Watch Support.