How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

Set Up Your Apple Watch

So, you've gotten your fancy new Apple Watch. Chances are you've already torn it out of its elegant packaging and admired its sleek design, but you won't get to answer texts or talk to Siri on your wrist until you set the device up properly. Fortunately, we've got you covered. Here's how to get your Apple Watch up and running in a few easy steps.—Michael Andronico

1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. 

2. Select Start Pairing.

3. Pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone by holding the watch up to your phone's camera. Alternatively, you can select "Pair Apple Watch Manually" and tapping the watch's name in the Apple Watch app; you'll then be prompted to enter a 6-digit code that appears on the watch.

4. On the Apple Watch app, select "Set Up as New Apple Watch."

5. Choose your wrist preference — left or right. You'll also be asked to pick which side you want the digital crown to be on.

6. On the Terms and Conditions page, select Agree.

7. Enter your Apple ID.

8. When prompted about Location Services, Siri and Diagnostics, select OK.

9. Create a 4-digit passcode for your watch.

10. You'll be given the option to be able to unlock the Apple Watch with your iPhone. Choose Yes or No on your watch's display.

11. You'll be prompted to set up Apple Pay and Emergency SOS. Apple Pay lets you use your watch to make mobile payments while Emergency SOS is a new feature in watchOS 3 that lets you call emergency services and send an alert to specified contacts. You can bypass this step and set up these services later.

12. When prompted to Install Available Apps, select Install All to start downloading available Apple Watch versions of the apps already on you iPhone immediately, or Choose Later to pick your own.

12. Your Apple Watch will now start syncing with your iPhone. Once you're notified that syncing is complete, you're good to go.

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  • USteele
    "For vegans who still appreciate the refined look of leather, the Etsy Minimalist and Zen Watch Strap may be just the ticket. Available in 38 mm or 42 mm, it's made of a tanned vegetable material… " Oh gosh, no! It's vegetable tanned leather, not "vegetable material." Not vegan. I think you might need an edit on this description.
  • Nunya2
    WAAAAAYYYY too many taps and defeats the whole purpose of the watch.

    Instead, rotate the Apple Watch up to activate it and use Siri and say:

    "Hey Siri. Send a text message to John Doe that says see how easy this is exclamation point you don't even have to touch the Apple Watch period cool comma huh question mark."

    Siri will launch the Message app, create a text to John Doe that reads "See how easy this is! You don't even have to touch the Apple Watch. Cool, huh?" The message will stay on the screen for about 30 seconds with the option to cancel. After that time, if you haven't canceled, the text message is sent.

    THAT'S the power of the Apple Watch!
  • angelsaysno
    THANK YOU this was very helpful!