Pair Apple Watch to New iPhone (iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR Included)

Get a new Apple Watch series 4 or get a new iPhone. And don’t know how to pair Apple Watch with iPhone? Read this step-by-step guide to connect Apple Watch to your new iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8/7/6s.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Apr. 23, 2020

No matter you want to replace your old iPhone with new iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, or iPhone X/8/7/6s, or get a brand new Apple Watch 2/3/4 to eliminate the first generation of Apple Watch, when getting the new device, the first thing you need to do is to pair new Apple watch with iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6s.

About how to pair Apple Watch with iPhone, this is not a tough task, all you need to do is following the screen prompts to set it up step by step. If you are new to iPhone or Apple Watch, it is still necessary to follow a detailed tutorial. In this post, we will show you how to prepare for pairing iWatch, what devices can be paired with iWatch, and how to pair Apple Watch with iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8/7/6s.

Part 1: Apple Watch Supported iPhones: Which iPhone can be Paired to iWatch

In this year, Apple released Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular feature, which tried to work without iPhone. You can make a call or send a message directly with Apple Watch Series 3. Therefore, this means even if you are working with an Android phone, you still can have an Apple Watch. If you are getting an Apple Watch Series 3, you can choose to not connect your Apple Watch to iPhone, absolutely, you still can. Just read on to learn how to repair Apple Watch Series 3 with your iPhone.

If you are working with an old Apple Watch, like first Apple Watch and Apple Watch Series 2/3. Fortunately, both of them have to work with iPhone, and have the same requirement – iPhone 5 latter. In other words, you can connect Apple Watch to your iPhone, if you are using any one of following models, like:

  • iPhone 5/5s/5c
  • iPhone 6/6s (Plus)
  • iPhone 7 (Plus)
  • iPhone 8 (Plus)
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

If you are working with any iPhone mentioned above, you don’t need to consider about compatibility and just follow us to make preparation for connecting iWatch to iPhone.

Part 2: Prepare for Pairing Apple Watch to iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8/7/6s

Before starting setting up and pairing iWatch with your iPhone, you need to do several things below firstly. By the way, this preparation is workable for iPhone 5/5s/6/6s/7/8/X, and the latest iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, and all Apple Watch models, like first Apple Watch and Apple Watch series 2, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple Watch Series 4.

How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone

How to Pair Apple Watch with iPhone

1. Ensure your iPhone is working with the latest iOS version. If your iPhone is not working with iOS 11, perform an upgrade on your iDevice now.

2. On you iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth > Tap on it to turn it on if it is off.

3. Make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network.

4. Turn on your Apple Watch. Press and hold the side button for seconds until the Apple logo appears. Here you can select your language.

5. Make sure both of your Apple Watch and iPhone are fully charged, keep them close together when you are pairing and syncing them.

Important Note: If you plan to pair your Apple Watch with the new iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, you’d better follow this guide to set up and activate new iPhone firstly.

Part 3: How to Set Up & Pair Apple Watch with iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X/8/7/6s

Step 1: Launch Apple Watch App on your iPhone.

Set Up and Pair Apple Watch with iPhone – Step 1

Set Up and Pair Apple Watch with iPhone – Step 1

Step 2: Tap on Start Pairing on your iPhone, and then a yellow box will appear in the center of your iPhone.

Step 3: Follow the instructions to aim the iPhone’s camera at your Apple Watch screen until a message tells Your Apple Watch is Paired.

If you fail to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone automatically, you can choose to pair manually: Clicking an “i” on your Apple Watch screen > See the device name of your iWatch > Select your Apple Watch device name on your iPhone once it pops up.

Step 4: Set up and pick a wrist.

Set Up as New on your iPhone. If you have set up once before, you can tap Restore from Backup on your iPhone to proceed. And then pick up a wrist by clicking Left or Right on your iPhone, and read and agree to all the terms.

Step 5: Log in with your Apple ID and enter a bunch of buttons to proceed.

After login with your Apple ID, you will be asked to accept Siri, diagnostics, and approve your device via iCloud. You just need to tap on OK, because you have no options, and they are mandatory.

Step 6: Make a passcode for your Apple Watch.

On your iPhone, choose whether to make a password for your Apple Watch. There three options for you: Create a Password, Add a Long Password and Don’t Add Password, you can choose any one of them. If you choose Create a Password or Add a Long Password, you will be asked to make a personal code via your Apple Watch.

Set Up and Pair Apple Watch with iPhone – Step 6

Set Up and Pair Apple Watch with iPhone – Step 6

Step 7: Decide whether your Apple Watch will unlock your iPhone.

It asks this question via pop-up on the Apple Watch, say yes. What all means is that as long as your Apple Watch is on your wrist, it will stay unlocked. If you take it off, you will need to enter the passcode before using it. When your Apple Watch is on your wrist, unlocking your iPhone just once will also unlock the watch.

Step 8: Sync your Apps to Apple Watch.

Now you can choose whether or not to sync the watch versions of the Apps that you have already installed on your iPhone. If you choose no, you also can manually install them or other apps you like latter with Apple Watch app.

Step 9: Wait for syncing. When it is done, you can enjoy it.

The process can take 10 minutes or more, so you can leave your iPhone and nearby and plugged in, along with the watch.

The Bottom Line

If you ever unpair the Apple Watch, it will wipe the data and start over like a totally new Apple Watch. And you need to set it up again with steps above. Absolutely, you also get a backup that is saved by iPhone automatically, and contains the Settings, and customized watch faces (for safety, Apple pay data is not included), so that you can restore from it with ease.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.