We just got our hands (or rather our wrists) on the new Apple Watch. The model we are trying out is the Apple Watch 38mm Stainless Steal Case with a Milanese Loop strap that we got from ShipandShop.
The Apple Watch is a completely new experience and it will take some time to get used to it. So, we’ve hooked you up with these super simple steps to setup your Apple Watch:
Before you can setup your Apple Watch you need to make sure you have the following:
- An iPhone 5 or up running iOS 8.2 or later version;
- Make sure your Bluetooth is turned on: Settings > Bluetooth > Toggle it On;
- Your iPhone needs to be connected to WiFi: Settings > WiFi > Toggle it On or it must be connected to a cellular network: Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle it On;
- Make sure your iPhone is charged.
1. Charge It
As with all new electronics like, smartphones and laptops, it is always a good idea to give the device a proper charge. It will come with a bit of juice, and even though you just can’t wait to start using it, you have to be strong. Use this time to practice yoga or watch YouTube videos of French BullDogs ringing bells, because it takes about 1-3 hours.
How to charge your Apple Watch: Place the bottom of the watch over the white magnetic part of the new charging station. Your Watch should power up now (and your heart should have skipped a beat). If it doesn’t power up once you’ve placed it on the charger you can turn it on by pressing and holding the side button (bellow the crown).
2. Start Pairing Process
When you setup your Apple Watch you need to pair it with your iPhone (check above for compatible iPhones). To begin pairing your devices, go to your Watch and choose a language of your choice. Now, open up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, which is pre-installed with iOS 8.2 and up.
Your iPhone will now open a camera and your Apple Watch will now display a blue image. You need to position the viewfinder on the iPhone camera over the Apple Watch in the same way you would scan QR codes for instance.
Sometimes this process might not work because your camera on your iPhone might be broken, for example, but don’t worry. Here’s how to manually pair the Watch and your iPhone: Tap the “i” button on your Apple Watch, which will now display a six-digit code to enter into your iPhone.
3. Start to Setup Your Apple Watch
Once your two devices have been successfully paired you can start setting things up (and start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel).
You have to choose a wrist you want to rock your new Apple Watch on (it works on left or right easily).
(This part is very similar to setting up a new iPhone or iPad): Accept the standard Apple Terms and Conditions, after you’ve read them in detail of course 😉 Now you can enter your Apple ID and Password and choose to use the settings (Location Services, Siri and Diagnostics) from your iPhone. If you choose to share settings between the two devices any changes you make on either will reflect on the other, so we strongly suggest you choose this option.
4. Pick a Passcode
You need to pick a passcode for your Apple Watch to secure your data and information, so we strongly recommend you choose to utilise this option.
To setup up your passcode: Go to your iPhone > Choose between Create a Passcode or Add a Long Passcode > Enter your passcode on your Apple Watch > Choose to unlock your Watch when you unlock your iPhone.
Now that you’ve chosen to setup your Apple Watch with a Passcode you will be prompted to enter your Passcode every time your Watch leaves your wrist.
5. Sync Apps
Because you’ve setup your Apple Watch to be paired with your iPhone you can enjoy cool benefits like being able to take calls, send and receive Messages, etc. To enjoy these features you will have to sync your iPhone apps that are compatible to your Apple Watch.
Choose Install All and your devices will start syncing all apps that are compatible for both devices. Obviously if you have lots of apps that can be synced it will take a while to finish this process. Make sure you keep your iPhone and your Apple Watch close to each other while the syncing is in process. Once the syncing is done you will hear a sound and feel a tap on your wrist.
You are now setup. Stay tuned for our initial impressions, customising your Apple Watch, our hands-on review, and more.