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Activate your Apple Watch

You need to activate your Apple Watch before using it for the first time and after a factory reset.

Step 1 of 19

Connect your Apple Watch and your mobile phone

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your mobile phone.

Place your Apple Watch next to your mobile phone.

Step 2 of 19

Connect your Apple Watch and your mobile phone

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your mobile phone.

On your mobile phone: Tap Watch.

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Connect your Apple Watch and your mobile phone

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your mobile phone.

On your mobile phone: Tap Start Pairing and follow the instructions on your mobile phone to place the watch face in the middle of your mobile phone's camera viewfinder.

Step 4 of 19

Connect your Apple Watch and your mobile phone

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your mobile phone.

On your mobile phone: When this screen is displayed, your Apple Watch is connected to your mobile phone.

Step 5 of 19

Set up your Apple Watch as a new Apple Watch

If you've backed up content previously, you can restore the content.

On your mobile phone: Tap Set Up as New Apple Watch.

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Select general settings

On your mobile phone: Tap the required setting and select on which wrist you want to wear the watch.

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Select general settings

On your mobile phone: Tap Agree.

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Select general settings

On your mobile phone: Tap Agree.

Step 9 of 19

Enter Apple ID password

On your mobile phone: Tap Enter Password.

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Enter Apple ID password

On your mobile phone: Key in the password for your Apple ID and tap Next.

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Enter iTunes account password

On your mobile phone: Tap Enter Password.

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Enter iTunes account password

On your mobile phone: Key in the password for your iTunes account and tap Next.

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Turn on sharing of your mobile phone's settings

On your mobile phone: Tap OK.

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Turn use of phone lock code on or off

On your mobile phone: Follow the instructions on the screen to turn on use of phone lock code or tap Don't Add Passcode.

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View information about the emergency call function

On your mobile phone: Tap Continue.

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Set up mobile data

On your mobile phone: To set up mobile data on your Apple Watch, tap Set Up Mobile Data and follow the instructions on the screen to finish setting up your Apple Watch.

Step 17 of 19

Set up mobile data

On your mobile phone: To set up mobile data on your Apple Watch later, tap Skip This Step.

See how to set up mobile data on your Apple Watch later after activation.
Step 18 of 19

Install compatible apps from your mobile phone

On your mobile phone: Tap Install All to install compatible apps from your mobile phone on your Apple Watch. Wait a moment while the apps are installed.

Step 19 of 19

Install compatible apps from your mobile phone

On your mobile phone: Tap OK to finish the activation.

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