Apple Watch Series 4

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Activating your Apple Watch

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

Place your Apple Watch next to your phone.
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Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.

Place your Apple Watch next to your phone.

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Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone.

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

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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.

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If you've backed up content previously, you can restore the content.

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

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

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On your phone: Press Agree.

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On your phone: Press Enter Password.

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

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On your phone: Press the required setting.

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On your phone: Press OK.

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

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On your phone: Press Continue.

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On your phone: Press Continue.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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On your phone: Press OK to finish the activation.