How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone

How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone

Apple Watch has been designed to work seamlessly with the iPhone. Hence, you will have to pair your Apple Watch with iPhone to carry out a number of significant features such as ECG, Heart-rate Monitor, Fall-detection, calorie-counting, and breathing reminders to name a few. There are multiple ways to pair your Watch to iPhone. Let’s check it out!

How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone automatically

Before you get started, please make sure that:

  • You have updated watchOS and iOS
  • Both the devices must be fully charged or plugged into a power source.
  • You have enabled Bluetooth on your iPhone
  1. Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until you see the Apple logo on the screen
  2. Hold your iPhone close to your Apple Watch, and the pairing screen will appear on your iPhone. Tap on Continue. Alternatively, you can just open the Watch app on your iPhone and select Pair New Watch.Tap on Continue on iPhone to set up Apple Watch
  3. Tap on Start Pairing, and when prompted, place your Watch underneath your iPhone so that your watch screen is visible in the viewfinder on your phone screen. Once the devices are paired, you will see a confirmation message.Tap on Start Pairing, put Apple Watch and hold it up to the Camera Note: If you had already paired another watch on your iPhone, you may see a screen that prompts you to either restore your watch from a backup or set up as a new watch. Choose whatever option is applicable
  4. Now choose on what wrist you want to wear the Apple Watch (left or right), Agree to the terms and conditions. If you don’t want to sign in with Apple ID, skip the step.Choose which wrist do you wear Apple Watch and the Tap on Agree
  5. Create a passcode if you want to, now decide whether you would like your Apple Watch to update automatically or manually. Please note that if you intend to use Apple Pay, you must set up a passcode for security.Create Passcode and continue and tap on set up later in the apple watch App
  6. Next, tap on continue. You can opt to install all apps when pairing or wait to select the specific apps that you want. Of course, you can always delete individual apps later.Tap on continue and install All Now, wait for a few minutes until the setup is complete and your Apple Watch syncs with your iPhone. You’ll see a welcome screen when the process is complete

Note: If your Apple Watch has cellular service, you can choose to activate it now or later from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. However, for this, your iPhone and Apple Watch must use the same cellular carrier. Also, cell service is not available everywhere.

Now, your Apple Watch will be successfully connected to your iPhone. You can also choose to do this process manually, as explained below.

How to Pair Manually Apple Watch with iPhone

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone. (Alternatively, you can also hold your Apple Watch near your iPhone, and the Watch app will launch.)
  2. Tap on Start Pairing → Pair Apple Watch Manually.
    Tap on Start Pairing and Pair Apple Watch Manually
  3. On your Watch, tap the small ‘i’ icon to see the device’s name
  4. On your iPhone, select the name of your Apple Watch from the list. Now, a six-digit code will appear on your watch screen. Type the code on iPhone when prompted.
    Select Apple Watch name and enter code displayed on Apple Watch
  5. At this point, you can choose if you want to set up your Apple Watch from scratch or want to restore it from a backup. Select the appropriate option, and follow the instructions on your iPhone to finish setup

If you ever need to swap your iPhone, then read on to know how you can transfer your Apple Watch to it.

Transfer Apple Watch from your old iPhone to a new one

If your Apple Watch is paired to your old iPhone and now you want to connect it with the new one, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that your Apple Watch is up-to-date by enabling iCloud Health sync. 
  2. Create a backup of your old iPhone right before you want to transfer to your new iPhone
  3. Set up your new iPhone. On the Apps & Data screen, choose to restore from an iCloud backup, then select the latest backup
  4. Select Continue when you are asked, “Do you want to use [name of Apple Watch] with this iPhone?”
  5. Once your iPhone setup is completed, your Apple Watch will prompt you to pair with the new iPhone. Tap OK on your Apple Watch, and enter its passcode and follow the onscreen instruction to finish setup

Alternatively, if you do not want to restore your data and prefer starting again, you can simply unpair your Watch from your old iPhone and pair it to your new one using the instructions given above.

Pair more than one Apple Watch with your iPhone

It’s possible to pair multiple Apple Watches with your iPhone, but only one watch can be active on your phone at a time. The watchOS does not support wearing two watches at once or simultaneous sharing of watches between different users.

With this out of the way, the steps to pair another Apple Watch to your iPhone are quite similar to the pairing process described earlier.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab
  2. Tap on your Apple Watch at the top of the screen
  3. Now, tap on Pair New Watch.
  4. Just follow the on-screen instructions to pair the Apple Watch and iPhone. You can choose to set up your watch as new or use a backup of your other watch

Each watch that you pair to your iPhone has its own settings. This allows you to customize them with different apps and faces. Further, you can also choose to add payment details for Apple Pay on one watch and not add it to the other.

Switching Between Multiple Apple Watches

At a time, you can have only one Apple Watch actively connected to your iPhone. When you have two watches paired, you will have the option to enable Auto Switch. This will make your iPhone automatically switch watches whenever you do.

When Auto Switch is enabled, you can simply remove the current watch, put on the second one, and raise your wrist to activate it.

Switching Between Multiple Apple Watches
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However, if you prefer to choose when to switch, instead of allowing the automatic switching, simply turn off Auto Switch from the Watch app in your iPhone.

How to Unpair Apple Watch with iPhone

Un-pairing Apple Watch from iPhone has never been so easy. Follow our handy guide to unpair your Apple Watch with or without iPhone.

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We hope this comprehensive guide on pairing and setting up your Apple Watch has been useful. You might also like to check out what to do if your Apple Watch won’t pair with your phone. Is there any other information you’re looking for? Let us know in the comments below.

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