Apple Watch requires iPhone for setup, management and for many of its main functions. So Apple Watch and iPhone communicate mainly via the Bluetooth wireless networking protocol and need to be as close as possible to pair, even though Apple Watch can also communicate with iPhone via Wi-Fi. However, communicating via Wi-Fi will require more power than communicating via Bluetooth and battery runtime will be shorter. That’s why Apple Watch uses Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi whenever possible. In fact, Bluetooth has an effective range up to around 30 feet, depending on how many obstacles are in the way.
How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone
To set up Apple Watch, the owner must run the Apple Watch app on iPhone, starting with iPhone 5 or later and running iOS 8.2 or a later version. The device must be connected to a Wi-Fi network, a cellular network or both. Besides, Bluetooth must be enabled. Generally, the pairing and setup process can take up to ten minutes. During this time iPhone must have a moderate amount of battery power and be connected to its charger.
- To pair Apple Watch with iPhone, press and hold the side button on the watch until the Apple logo appears on the display. Apple Watch powers on and the details appear on-screen. As soon as you tap the screen, the Start Pairing screen appears.
- On iPhone, press Home and tap Apple Watch icon.
- The Apple Watch app opens and the Start Pairing screen appears.
- Tap both Start pairing on iPhone and on Apple Watch. (If Apple Watch icon does not appear, check on your iOS: Tap Settings, next tap General, then tap Software update to check for the latest version.) Apple Watch displays a changing pattern on-screen. The Apple Watch app prompts you to hold Apple Watch up to the camera. Hold it up to the camera, aligning the screen with the yellow viewfinder line.
You must sign in using your Apple ID, the online identifier that Apple uses for its services, such as iCloud and the App store. Obviously, you must provide the correct username and password. If you have applied for the two-step verification security feature to your Apple ID, choose the verified device on which to receive a one-time security code and enter in on iPhone to complete the verification for Apple Watch.
- Tap Set Up Apple Watch, and tap Left or Right, as need, when the Wrist Preference screen appears.
- Next you’ll see the Terms and Condition screen. To proceed tap Agree. You’ll see the Terms and Condition dialog box and when you tap Agree again, the Apple ID screen will appear. Next tap Enter Password and type the password.
- Tap Next. The Apple Watch verifies you Apple ID. The Two-Step Verification screen appears (but if you have not enabled two-step verification for your Apple ID, this screen will not appear, thus just tap OK.)
- If however the two-step verification has been enabled, tap the device you will use for verification in the Verify With list.
- Tap Send to see the Sending screen and the Verification Code dialog on the device you chose, showing a four-digit number for verifying your account. On iPhone the Enter Code screen appears. Next, type the verification code. You’ll see the Location Services screen, explaining what Location Services performs, whether it is enabled on iPhone, and how you can enable or disable it. Tap OK.
When you tap OK, the Siri screen appears. You can then read about what Siri does, whether it is enabled on iPhone, how you can enable or disable Siri.
- Tap OK. The Diagnostic screen appears, explaining the purpose of sending diagnostics and usage data to Apple, whether sending the data is enabled on iPhone, and how you can enable or disable it.
- Tap Automatically Send or Don’t Send, as needed. If you tap Automatically Send on the Diagnostic screen, the Share Diagnostics & Usage? dialog box may open, warning you that sharing diagnostics and usage data for Apple Watch also means sharing data for the paired iPhone. Tap OK to proceed.
- The Apple Watch Passcode screen will appear. Now tap Create a Passcode. You can tap Add a Long Passcode to create a longer passcode. Or you can tap Don’t Add Passcode. In this case, you’ll set up Apple Watch without a passcode. It is strongly recommended to set up Apple Watch without passcode only if you are setting up Apple Watch for demonstration purposes, when the device contains no sensitive data whatsoever.
- The Enter New Passcode screen appears, and you can now type the passcode you want to create, and re-enter New Passcode when the device demands it.
- Retype the password to confirm your action. On iPhone the Unlock Apple Watch with iPhone screen will appear. Apple watch will prompt you to choose whether to unlock Apple Watch with your iPhone. Tap Yes or No, as you prefer.
- On iPhone, the Install Available Apps screen will appear. Tap Install All to install all the apps now, or tap Choose Later to choose apps individually later.
- When Apple Watch Is Syncing screen appears, it means the device syncs with iPhone. When sync finishes, the Apple Watch Is Ready screen appears on iPhone.
Important: You can tap Pair Apple Watch Manually if you cannot get the automatic pairing to work.
To pair Apple Watch with iPhone Manually, tap Pair Apple Watch Manually on iPhone. Next, tap Info on Apple Watch. At this moment you’ll see the watch name on-screen. On iPhone, tap this name in the Devices list. As soon as you do it, Apple Watch will display a six-digit code. On iPhone, type this code at the prompt. You’ll see the Your Apple Watch Is Paired screen. Now you can restore Apple Watch from backup.
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How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone. Video published by PCMag on April 24, 2015. The Apple Watch doesn’t work alone. You’ll need an iPhone. Here’s how to pair a brand-new Apple Watch with an iPhone and do the initial setup.