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How to pair your Apple Watch to your iPhone

Perhaps you're waiting on your Apple Watch to arrive, or you've got it in-hand but are wondering how the pairing and syncing process works for your newest gadget. Cory Bohon shows you how.

Pairing the Apple Watch

In my previous post, "Preparing for the Apple Watch," I provided some preparation tips for pairing your Apple Watch, such as making sure you have the latest updates.

When you first get your Apple Watch, you'll want to unbox it, then place it on the charger to ensure that it has enough juice during the setup and sync phase, since the watch won't be fully charged when you get it.

When you're ready to begin pairing your watch, remove your watch from the charger, and place it on your wrist. Turn it on (if it's not already turned on) by pressing and holding the side button until the screen lights up.

When the watch turns on, the Apple logo will disappear, and you'll be asked to specify your language. Next, you'll see a "Start Pairing" button. Tap that button, then perform the following steps to pair your watch:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Tap the My Watch tab
  3. Tap the Start Pairing button (Figure A)
    Figure A
    Figure A
  4. Hold your iPhone in front of your Apple Watch animation to begin the pairing process (Figure B)
    Figure B
    Figure B

After a few seconds, you'll see the pairing successful message on your iPhone. Your iPhone will begin walking you through the steps to complete the setup and sync process, including settings for the watch orientation, passcode, and location.

Once these initial settings have been completed, it will begin searching your iPhone for available apps. Depending on how many apps you have on your iPhone and how much data needs to be transferred, this process can take a few minutes. A progress indicator on both the iPhone and the Apple Watch will tell you how close the process is to being completed.

Once this process is finished, your Apple Watch will show the home screen, and your apps will be displayed. You can do further customizations from the My Watch tab of the Watch app on your iPhone.

Have you run into any difficulty pairing your Apple Watch with your iPhone? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.

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About Cory Bohon

Cory Bohon is an indie developer specializing in iOS and OS X development. He runs a software company called Cocoa App and is also a developer at MartianCraft. He was introduced to technology at an early age and has been writing about his favorite te...

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