Setting up your watch for the first time

Apple iPhone 8 on iOS 16.0.0

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Follow along to set up and activate your Watch for the first time (or after a factory reset). After these few steps, you'll be able to begin using your Watch.

  1. Step 1/27

    On Apple Watch, tap the Information icon.

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  2. Step 2/27

    Select your preferred language option.

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    Scroll to and tap your region.

    Note: For this tutorial, we will be selecting United States.

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    Tap Start Pairing.

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    Tap Start Pairing on iPhone.

    Note: The rest of the Apple Watch set up will take place on your iPhone.

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    Tap Set Up for Myself.

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    Tap Pair Apple Watch Manually.

    Note: In this tutorial, we are pairing Apple Watch manually. You can also automatically pair by placing Apple Watch in front of your camera and centering it within the viewfinder.

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    Select your Watch.

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    Enter the code displayed on your Watch.

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    Tap Set Up Apple Watch.

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    Tap Agree.

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    Tap Don't Add Passcode.

    Note: Adding a Passcode is covered in a separate tutorial.

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    Select Don't Use Passcode.

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    Tap Continue.

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    Tap Don't Use Siri.

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    Tap OK.

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    Enter your health info.

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    Tap Continue.

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    Tap Disable Route Tracking.

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    Select your Health notification preferences.

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    Tap Continue.

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    Tap Continue again.

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    Tap Continue again.

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    Tap Continue again.

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    If you would prefer a different App View on Apple Watch, select your preferred view. Tap Continue to continue the set up.

    Note: After this step, your Watch will sync itself to your iPhone. Feel free to use your iPhone normally in the meantime.

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  26. Step 26/27

    Tap OK to complete your set up.

    Note: You can change any settings selected in the set up process through your iPhone's Watch app.

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    Step 27 of 27:

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