How to Set Up and Pair Apple Watch with iPhone

As a newbie to Apple Watch, you may need this guide to know how to set up and pair Apple Watch with iPhone, as well as everything you may concern about with the paired Apple Watch.

Demi by Demi Updated August 29, 2023
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Pairing your Apple Watch with your iPhone is a seamless process that opens up a world of convenience, health tracking, and communication right on your wrist. This article will guide you through the steps to set up and pair Apple Watch with iPhone, ensuring a smooth and successful connection.

Part 1. Preparations before pairing Apple Watch with iPhone

Before you begin the setting up and pairing process, you may firstly need to check the following preparations and prerequisites.

Compatible devices
First thing first, you should be aware which Apple Watch works with which iPhone models. We’ve put below a picture showing what you’ll need to run each Apple Watch smoothly.

apple watch compatibility

Update iOS version
For optimal performance, having the newest iPhone and Apple Watch combined with the latest iOS is the perfect combo. If you’d like to, go to Settings > General > Software Update and follow the prompts if an update is available.

ios software update

However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great experience using slightly older devices.

Bluetooth and network connection
Enable Bluetooth from the Control Center of your iPhone. Besides, make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi or cellular network connection.

Charge both devices
If necessary, charge your iPhone and Apple Watch to ensure they have sufficient battery life for the setup. Besides, before pairing Apple Watch with iPhone, please place two devices close with each other.

Part 2. How to set up and pair Apple Watch with iPhone

Now, follow the steps below to set up and pair Apple Watch with iPhone.

Step 1. Turn on and initial Apple Watch
• Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on your Apple Watch.

• Swipe left or right to select your preferred language and region.

Step 2. Hold iPhone over Apple Watch
• A message will appear on your Apple Watch prompting you to open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

• Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap "Start Pairing".

start pairing

Step 3. Finish pairing process
• Hold your iPhone over the animation on your Apple Watch, aligning it within the frame.

• Once paired, your Apple Watch will display a message. Tap "Continue" on your iPhone to continue to set up your Apple Watch.

Step 4. Continue to Set up Apple Watch
• You can choose to Restore from Backup, or Set Up as New Apple Watch.

set up apple watch

• Sign in with your Apple ID and agree to the terms and conditions.

• Set up a passcode to secure your Apple Watch. 

• The app will walk you through setting up more features. If you have a Cellular Plan, you’ll set this up next.

The process can take 10 minutes or more, when finishes, you can start using your Apple Watch and customize your Apple Watch.

Bonus: FAQs about iPhone paired Apple Watch

Besides knowing how to pair Apple Watch with iPhone, you may have many other concerns and confusions about the paired Apple Watch. And the followings are some of the frequently asked questions about it.

Q1. Can I backup Apple Watch?
A1. It is pretty simple to backup Apple Watch. As long as you unpair Apple Watch with your iPhone, the contents in Apple Watch will be backed up automatically to your companion iPhone. You can follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together.

Step 2. On your iPhone, open the Watch app > My Watch > All Watches.

Step 3. Tap the info button next to the watch > Tap Unpair Apple Watch.

unpair apple watch

When you see the Start Pairing message on Apple Watch, the backup finishes.

Q2. How can you restore Apple Watch from backup?
A2. To restore Apple Watch from backup, you need to re-pair your Apple Watch by following the steps which have been introduced above. And when asked, choose Restore from Backup and choose the latest backup.

Q3. How often does my Apple Watch sync to iPhone?
A3. It depends. How often the Apple Watch sync to iPhone depends on the frequency you unpair Apple Watch with iPhone. Each time you unpair them both, an Apple Watch backup will be left on your iPhone.

Q4. Can I pair multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone?
A4. Yes, you can pair multiple Apple Watches with a single iPhone. However, you can only actively use one Apple Watch at a time.

Q5. Can I use my Apple Watch without an iPhone nearby?
A5. While some features require an iPhone connection, certain functions like fitness tracking, music playback, and alarms can work without an iPhone nearby.


By following the simple steps outlined in this article, you'll be able to set up and pair Apple Watch with iPhone and enjoy seamless integration between the two devices. Remember that your Apple Watch can enhance your daily life by tracking your health, notifications, and much more, so get ready to experience the world of possibilities it offers.

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