Apple Watch Set Up Guide: Tips, Tricks & Best Practices…

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 12/21/20 •  5 min read

Got an Apple Watch? Wondering how to set it up properly? Here’s a complete guide on how to set up the Apple Watch for the first time…


The Apple Watch is the most popular wearable on the planet. It is also one of the smartest too. But if this is your first Apple Watch, you’re probably wondering how to set it up for the first time? No worries – this guide is here to help.

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Just follow the Apple Watch set up guide below to get your new Apple Watch set up and paired with your iPhone. It’s a simple process that only take a few minutes and all you need is a fully charged iPhone, your Apple Watch, and a bit of spare time…

How To Set Up Apple Watch For The First Time

Before you begin setting up your Apple Watch, you will need to ensure that your iPhone is running the latest build of iOS. You will also need to make sure that Bluetooth is switched on too. Lastly, your iPhone will need to have an active internet connection – either 4G or your home WiFi network.

Once you’ve got all of these things confirmed, you can now start setting up your Apple Watch. Follow the steps below to set up your Apple Watch for the first time:

How To Activate LTE on Apple Watch

If you have a cellular Apple Watch (AKA the Apple Watch with LTE), you’ll want to activate its cellular capabilities right away. Again, this process is pretty simple but you do need to ensure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are running on the latest builds of iOS and watchOS, so if they’re not make sue you update them before activating 4G on your Apple Watch

Set Up Cellular on Your Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app
  2. Next, tap the My Watch tab, then Cellular
  3. Now tap, Set Up Cellular

On the next screen, simply follow the instructions from your carrier and network and your Apple Watch’s cellular functions will activate.

How do I know my Apple Watch is connected to a cellular network? The Apple Watch will automatically connect to a cellular network, and when it does the cellular icon will be highlighted green in the Apple Watch settings.

If a cellular network isn’t available, the Apple Watch will connect to your iPhone for data or UMTS if that is supported by your carrier. Whatever happens, though, your Apple Watch will always have data one way of another.

If you want to turn cellular off, simply go to the Settings app on your Apple Watch and tap the cellular icon – it will turn white when it is not active.

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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