How to pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone, and unlock all of the Watch’s features

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So, you’ve taken the plunge and purchased your first Apple Watch.

Now you can track your sleep, your steps, and easily access your phone calls and texts on your wrist all day long.

The Apple Watch technically does work on its own. But if you want to reap all the benefits of your newest accessory, you’ll need to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone.

Here’s how to get started.

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iPhone 11 (From $699.99 at Best Buy)

Apple Watch Series 5 (From $399 at Best Buy)

How to pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone

Check your compatibility

First things first — make sure your watch is compatible with your iPhone model. Hopefully you did this before purchasing the Apple Watch, but if you didn’t, don’t open the box until you’ve verified this information.

Here’s a list explaining what Apple Watches work with which iPhones.

  • Apple Watch First Generation is compatible with the iPhone 5 or later, running iOS 8.2 or later.
  • Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are compatible with the iPhone 5 or later, running iOS 10 or later.
  • Apple Watch Series 3 has two models, one with a cellular plan like your phone (LTE) and one without (Non-LTE). If you buy a new version of either model, you’ll need an iPhone 6s or later, running iOS 13 or later. If you buy an old version from a few years ago, you might be able to use an iPhone 6, but it’s not guaranteed.
  • Apple Watch Series 4 also has two models, with LTE being compatible with the iPhone 6 or later, and Non-LTE being compatible with iPhone 5s. Both need iOS 12 or later.
  • Finally, the Apple Watch Series 5 needs an iPhone 6s or later, running iOS 13 or later.
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Also, make sure your iPhone iOS is up to date. You can check what iOS you are running by going to Settings > General > About and scrolling down to see what “Version” you have.


Pair your Watch and iPhone using the Watch app

Once you’ve verified that your Apple Watch will work with your iPhone, make sure your Bluetooth is on, and that your …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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