How to Set Up Apple Watch Without iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Setting up your Apple Watch without an iPhone is now possible, thanks to the new features introduced in watchOS 7. With this update, you can configure your Apple Watch directly from the device itself. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process step by step.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • An Apple Watch Series 3 or later
  • The latest version of watchOS installed on your Apple Watch
  • A Wi-Fi network with internet access

Step 1: Turn On Your Apple Watch

To start the setup process, press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the Apple logo appears. You may need to enter your passcode if prompted.

Step 2: Select Language and Region

Once your Apple Watch is turned on, swipe left or right to select your desired language and region settings.

Step 3: Connecting to Wi-Fi

To connect your Apple Watch to a Wi-Fi network:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch by tapping on its icon.
  2. Select “Wi-Fi” from the list of options.
  3. Your Apple Watch will automatically search for available Wi-Fi networks.
  4. Select your desired Wi-Fi network from the list.
  5. If required, enter your Wi-Fi password using the keyboard provided on the screen.

Step 4: Pairing with an iPhone (Optional)

If you have an iPhone nearby and wish to pair it with your Apple Watch at a later time, tap on “Set Up Later in Settings” on your Apple Watch. Otherwise, skip to Step 5.

Step 5: Sign In with Your Apple ID

Next, you’ll be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 6: Terms and Conditions

Agree to the terms and conditions presented on the screen by tapping “Agree” when prompted. Make sure to read through the terms carefully before proceeding.

Step 7: Create a Passcode

To secure your Apple Watch, create a passcode by entering a series of digits using the on-screen keypad. This passcode will be required whenever you wear your watch or restart it.

Step 8: Set Up Cellular (If Applicable)

If you have an Apple Watch with cellular capabilities, you’ll be prompted to set it up during this step. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.


If you don’t have a cellular plan for your Apple Watch, you can still use it without cellular functionality as long as it’s connected to Wi-Fi.

Step 9: Customize Your Watch Face

Select your preferred watch face from the available options and customize it according to your preferences. You can change colors, complications, and more.

Step 10: Syncing Apps (Optional)

If you previously had an iPhone paired with your Apple Watch and decide not to pair another one, you can choose whether or not to sync apps from your previous iPhone during this step. Simply follow the prompts provided on the screen.


Your Apple Watch is now set up and ready to use without an iPhone. Enjoy the full functionality of your watch, including fitness tracking, notifications, and more.

Remember, if you decide to pair your Apple Watch with an iPhone at a later time, you can do so by going to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and following the pairing instructions.

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