How to Pair Apple Watch With New iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of pairing your Apple Watch with a new iPhone. Whether you have upgraded your iPhone or purchased a new one, setting up your Apple Watch with your new device is a straightforward process. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Prepare Your Devices

Before you begin, make sure that both your Apple Watch and new iPhone are charged and turned on. Keep them close to each other to ensure a stable connection during the pairing process.

Step 2: Open the Apple Watch App

On your iPhone, locate the Apple Watch app. It is typically found on the home screen or by using the search function. Once you find it, tap on the app icon to open it.

Step 3: Start Pairing

Once the Apple Watch app is open, tap on the “Start Pairing” button. You will be prompted to bring your iPhone near your Apple Watch to proceed with the pairing process.

A. Use Your Camera

If prompted, align your iPhone’s camera viewfinder with the visible frame on your Apple Watch’s screen until it is centered within the viewfinder. This will allow your iPhone to pair with your Apple Watch automatically.

B. Manually Pair

If using the camera option does not work or if it is not available, you can manually pair by tapping “Pair Apple Watch Manually.” In this case, follow the instructions displayed on both devices to complete the pairing process.

Step 4: Set Up Your Apple Watch

After successfully pairing your devices, you will be prompted to set up your Apple Watch. Follow the on-screen instructions and make choices regarding language preferences, wrist preference, and other settings according to your preferences.

Step 5: Sign in with Your Apple ID

Next, you will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID. If you have an existing Apple ID, select “Sign in to Your Apple Watch” and enter your credentials. If you don’t have an Apple ID, tap “Create a New Apple ID” and follow the prompts to create one.

Step 6: Customize Your Settings

Once signed in, you will have the option to customize various settings such as app installation preferences, Siri settings, activation lock, and more. Adjust these settings according to your preferences.

Step 7: Wait for Syncing

After customizing your settings, your iPhone will begin syncing with your Apple Watch. This process may take some time depending on the amount of data being transferred. It is recommended to keep both devices close together during the syncing process.

Step 8: Complete Pairing

Once the syncing process is complete, you will receive a notification on both devices confirming that pairing is complete. At this point, you can start using your newly paired Apple Watch with your new iPhone!


If you encounter any issues during the pairing process or if the connection fails, try restarting both devices and ensure that they are running on their latest software versions. Additionally, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on both devices.

  • If the camera option fails during pairing:
    • Ensure that there is no protective film covering the screen of either device.
    • Clean the camera lens on both devices and try again.
  • If the manual pairing option fails:
    • Reset your Apple Watch by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Note that this will erase all data on your Apple Watch.
    • Reset your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Remember to back up your iPhone before doing this.
    • Try the pairing process again from the beginning.

That’s it! You have successfully paired your Apple Watch with your new iPhone. Enjoy using both devices together seamlessly!

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