Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3

watchOS 4

Activate your Apple Watch Series 3 watchOS 4

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

Step 1 of 19

1. Connect your Apple Watch and your phone

Place your Apple Watch next to your phone.

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.
Step 2 of 19

1. Connect your Apple Watch and your phone

On your phone: Press Watch.

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.
Step 3 of 19

1. Connect your Apple Watch and your phone

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

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.
Step 4 of 19

1. Connect your Apple Watch and your phone

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

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.
Step 5 of 19

2. Set up your Apple Watch as a new Apple Watch

On your phone: Press Set Up as New Apple Watch.

If you've backed up content previously, you can restore the content.
Step 6 of 19

3. Select general settings

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

Step 7 of 19

3. Select general settings

On your phone: Press Agree.

Step 8 of 19

3. Select general settings

On your phone: Press Agree.

Step 9 of 19

4. Enter Apple ID password

On your phone: Press Enter Password.

Step 10 of 19

4. Enter Apple ID password

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

Step 11 of 19

5. Enter iTunes account password

On your phone: Press Enter Password.

Step 12 of 19

5. Enter iTunes account password

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

Step 13 of 19

6. Turn on sharing of your phone's settings

On your phone: Press OK.

Step 14 of 19

7. Turn use of phone lock code on or off

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

Step 15 of 19

8. View information about the emergency call function

On your phone: Press Continue.

Step 16 of 19

9. Set up mobile data

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

Step 17 of 19

9. Set up mobile data

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

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

10. Install compatible apps from your phone

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

Step 19 of 19

10. Install compatible apps from your phone

On your phone: Press OK to finish the activation.

1. Connect your Apple Watch and your phone

Place your Apple Watch next to your phone.
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.
On your phone: Press Watch.
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.
On your phone: Press Start Pairing and follow the instructions on your phone to place the watch face in the middle of your phone's camera viewfinder.
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.
On your phone: When this screen is displayed, your Apple Watch is connected to your phone.
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.

2. Set up your Apple Watch as a new Apple Watch

On your phone: Press Set Up as New Apple Watch.
If you've backed up content previously, you can restore the content.

3. Select general settings

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

4. Enter Apple ID password

On your phone: Press Enter Password.
On your phone: Key in the password for your Apple ID and press Next.

5. Enter iTunes account password

On your phone: Press Enter Password.
On your phone: Key in the password for your iTunes account and press Next.

6. Turn on sharing of your phone's settings

On your phone: Press OK.

7. Turn use of phone lock code on or off

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

8. View information about the emergency call function

On your phone: Press Continue.

9. Set up mobile data

On your phone: To set up mobile data on your Apple Watch, press Set Up Mobile Data and follow the instructions on the screen to finish setting up your Apple Watch.
On your phone: To set up mobile data on your Apple Watch later, press Skip This Step.
See how to set up mobile data on your Apple Watch later after activation.

10. Install compatible apps from your phone

On your phone: Press Install All to install compatible apps from your phone on your Apple Watch. Wait a moment while the apps are installed.
On your phone: Press OK to finish the activation.

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