How To Activate An Apple Watch And Set It Up For Use, With Your iPhone Closeby?


Activating an Apple Watch is simple, whether it’s a Wi-Fi-only watch or a model that includes cellular connectivity. Before you start, you must make sure your iPhone is nearby, Bluetooth is activated and the device is linked to a local Wi-Fi network (and has an effective cellular plan).

As soon as that is done, you can activate your Apple Watch. See How To Activate An Apple Watch And Set It Up For Use, With Your iPhone Closeby:

How Can I Activate An Apple Watch?

If the Apple Watch is not already enabled, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo is visible, and then hold on for it to boot up.

  • Start the Apple Watch close to your iPhone. A screen would be seen on the iPhone that says, “Use your iPhone to set up this Apple Watch.”

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  • Click “Continue.”
  • Click “Start Pairing.”
  • When the animation is visible on your watch, hold the iPhone over the watch so the camera can see the animation.
  • Adhere to the instructions to complete setup, including enabling the cellular plan on the watch.

How Can I Enable An Apple Watch After Initial Setup?

If your Apple Watch’s cellular plan was not set up during the initial setup, it can be done later, just make sure you have a model with cellular capabilities.

  • Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  • On the My Watch tab, click “Cellular.”
  • Click “Set Up Cellular.”

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  • Get yourself signed in to your cellular provider and adhere to the instructions to enable the plan with your cellular provider. You have to accept the plan’s terms and conditions and type in your address for 911 service.

More Information About Your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is a line of smartwatches designed, developed, marketed and sold by Apple Inc. It incorporates fitness tracking and health-oriented capabilities with integration with iOS and other Apple products and services.

Apple Watch uses a wireless connection to an iPhone to perform functions such as calling and texting, and can independently connect to a Wi-Fi network for some tasks. Series 3 LTE Apple Watches can connect to a cell network, largely obviating the need for an iPhone after initial setup. First-generation and Series 1 and 2 Apple Watches require an iPhone 5 or later with iOS 10 or later; Series 3 and later LTE models require an iPhone 6 or later with iOS 11 or later.

The Apple Watch was released on April 24, 2015 and quickly became the best-selling wearable device- 4.2 million were sold in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

The goal of the Apple Watch was to complement an iPhone and add some new functions. Kevin Lynch was hired by Apple to make wearable technology for the wrist. He said- “People are carrying their phones with them and looking at the screen so much. People want that level of engagement. But how do we provide it in a way that’s a little more human, a little more in the moment when you’re with somebody?” Apple’s development process was held under wraps until a Wired article revealed how some internal design decisions were made.

The Apple Watch is available in multiple variants, generally distinguished by the material, color, and size of the casing, with special bands and watchfaces available for certain variants co-branded with Nike and Hermès, which are also sometimes accompanied by other unique extras, like stainless steel charging pucks, premium packaging, and exclusive color basic bands.


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