How to connect Apple Watch to your iPhone and make the most of it

How to connect Apple Watch to your iPhone

Have you just bought yourself an Apple Watch but can’t figure out how to connect it to your iPhone? Or maybe you’ve had your smartwatch for a while now, but you’re unsure how to get the most out of it? This article explains how to connect your watch with your iPhone and offers tips on making the most of its features.

How to check if my device is compatible?

Apple Watch has many benefits, though without pairing the watch with your iPhone, you can’t utilise any of them. But before connecting it, you need to check if your Apple Watch is compatible with your iPhone and its software.

If you’re unsure what type of iPhone you currently have or what version of iOS you’re running, here’s how you can check it:

Open your Settings app and go to General > About.
Your iPhone model can be seen next to “Model Name, and the current iOS version next to “Software Version.”

Here’s the list of all the Apple Watches released before August 2022 and which iPhone model and iOS version they are compatible with:

  • 1st Generation Apple Watch: iPhone 5 or newer, iOS 8.2 or newer installed.
  • Apple Watch Series 1: iPhone 5 or newer, with at least iOS 11 installed.
  • Apple Watch Series 2: iPhone 5 or newer, with at least iOS 11 installed.
  • Apple Watch Series 3: iPhone 6s or newer, running at least iOS 14. Some older, used models may be compatible with iPhone 6 and older iOS versions, but that’s not certain.
  • Apple Watch Series 4: iPhone 6 or newer with iOS 12 or newer.
  • Apple Watch Series 5: iPhone 6s or newer with iOS 13 or newer.
  • Apple Watch Series 6: iPhone 6s or newer, running iOS 14 or newer.
  • Apple Watch Series SE: Phone 6s or newer, running iOS 14 or newer.
  • Apple Watch Series 7: iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later.

How to connect Apple Watch to your iPhone

You first must unpair your watch from its current device if it’s already paired. So go ahead and open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch, and then tap General. Next, wipe Reset, then Erase All Content and Settings.

Once your watch is reset, you can pair it with your new iPhone.

  1. Turn on your Apple Watch and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
  2. Bring your iPhone near your Apple Watch, wait for the watch pairing screen to appear on your iPhone, and then tap on Continue.

Or you can tap on Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap Pair New Watch.

  1. Tap Set Up for Me.
  2. When prompted, position your iPhone so your Apple Watch appears in the viewfinder in the Apple Watch app.

This pairs the two devices.

  1. Tap Set Up Apple Watch, then follow your iPhone and Apple Watch instructions to complete the setup.

How to Connect Apple Watch to your iPhone Manually?

Sometimes, you can’t pair the new Apple Watch to your iPhone automatically and will need to do it manually. In that case, follow these steps:

  1. Follow the first 4 steps from the previous section. Instead of aligning the animation on the watch in the frame on the iPhone, tap Pair Apple Watch Manually.
  1. Tap the i on the watch.
  2. On the iPhone, tap the name of the watch displayed on the watch.
  3. On the iPhone, enter the 6-digit code displayed on the watch.
  1. The Apple Watch and iPhone are now paired, and you can complete the setup.

How can you make the most of your Apple Watch?

Here are some ft. your watch is capable of.

Fitness tracking

The Apple Watch can help you track your fitness and activity levels. To get started, open the Activity app on your iPhone. Then, tap the Sources button in the upper-left corner. Next, tap Add Data Source. Finally, select Apple Watch. Once you’ve added the Apple Watch as a data source, you can start tracking your fitness goals!

Music controls

The music control on the apple watch is one of the best features. You can control playback, shuffle, and repeat with just a few taps. Plus, you can see what’s playing and control the volume right from your wrist.

Health apps

The apple watch has many health-related apps that can be very useful. For example, the Activity app tracks your physical activity and encourages you to meet your fitness goals. The Workout app lets you track your progress during workouts, while the Breathe app helps you relax by guiding you through deep breathing exercises. There are also apps for monitoring your sleep, heart rate, and more.


You can activate Siri by saying Hey Siri or by raising your wrist. To enable Siri on your watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap Siri. Turn on Listen for Hey Siri and Raise to Speak.

You can also use Siri to control other apps on your watch. For instance, you can ask Siri to show you a list of upcoming events in the Calendar app or start a timer in the Stopwatch app.


The Apple Watch is a great addition to any iPhone user’s toolkit. It’s simple to set up and can be a real asset. Plus, plenty of apps available can take full advantage of the watch’s features. So whether you’re looking for a fitness tracker, a way to stay connected, or just a cool gadget, the Apple Watch is a worthy investment.

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