Setting up your watch for the first time

Apple iPhone X on iOS 15.4.0

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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 1/24

    Tap the Information icon.

    The indicator is in the bottom right.
  2. Step 2/24

    Select your preferred language option.

    The indicator is in the center.
  3. Step 3/24

    Scroll to your region.

    The indicator is in the center.
  4. Step 4/24

    Select your region.

    The indicator is in the center.
  5. Step 5/24

    Tap Start Pairing.

    The indicator is in the center.
  6. Step 6/24

    Tap Start Pairing on iPhone.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  7. Step 7/24

    Tap Pair Apple Watch Manually.

    Note: In this tutorial, we are pairing Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) manually. You can also automatically pair by placing Apple Watch in front of your camera and centering it within the viewfinder.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  8. Step 8/24

    Select your Watch.

    The indicator is towards the top.
  9. Step 9/24

    Enter the code displayed on your Watch.

    Note: If prompted, tap Set Up as New Apple Watch.

    The indicator is in the bottom left.
  10. Step 10/24

    Select the wrist on which you'll wear your Watch.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  11. Step 11/24

    Select your preferred digital crown orientation.

    The indicator is in the center.
  12. Step 12/24

    Tap Continue.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  13. Step 13/24

    Tap Agree.

    The indicator is in the bottom right.
  14. Step 14/24

    Tap Skip This Step.

    Note: For this tutorial, we are skipping signing into an Apple ID. You may choose to set one up, however steps may vary.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  15. Step 15/24

    Tap Disable Route Tracking.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  16. Step 16/24

    Tap Don't Use Siri.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  17. Step 17/24

    Tap OK.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  18. Step 18/24

    Tap Don't Add Passcode.

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

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  19. Step 19/24

    Tap Install Updates Manually.

    Note: For this tutorial, we are choosing to install updates manually. You may choose to install updates automatically.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  20. Step 20/24

    Tap Continue.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  21. Step 21/24

    Tap Continue again.

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  22. Step 22/24

    Tap Continue again.

    Note: Setting up cellular is covered in a separate tutorial.

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  23. Step 23/24

    Tap Install All.

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

    The indicator is towards the bottom.
  24. Step 24/24
    Step 24 of 24:

    You've completed the steps!

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