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How to ready your iPhone for Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 7 Always On
Apple Watch Series 7 Always On (Image credit: Rene Ritchie)

If you're picking up a new Apple Watch — like the Apple Watch Series 7 — it's pretty much ready to go out of the box. So you can pair your best Apple Watch to your iPhone and be prepared to go; however, if you want to be extra prepared, there are a few things you can do. Here's how to ready your iPhone for Apple Watch.

Update your iPhone to the newest software

It's a smart idea always to make sure your iPhone is updated to the newest version of iOS because Apple often releases security patches and bug fixes through software updates. On top of that, some software updates come with new features that your Apple Watch won't be able to take advantage of if your iPhone isn't up-to-date.

Pro tip: Even when you get a new Apple Watch, sometimes out of the box, it still needs software updates. Make sure you also download and install the latest version of watchOS after you've updated your iPhone.

How to get Apple Watch apps now

Apple Watch SE With iPhone Running Widgets (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

We all know that what really makes the Apple Watch awesome is the large selection of apps you can use. Unfortunately, while some apps are completely independent of the iPhone, many Apple Watch apps require you to have the iPhone app installed to work on your Apple Watch.

The good news is you can download any apps you know you want on your Apple Watch right now. That way, when you set up your Apple Watch, all the apps will get downloaded and install on your Apple Watch during the process. There are so many great Apple Watch apps, so go nuts and download them all if you like.

Ready, Set, Pair!

You're now ready to set up your new Apple Watch and pair it to your iPhone. And, if you're looking for even more fun, don't forget to try out some of the best Apple Watch bands, so you can show off your style!

Get to know watchOS 8

Apple Watch SE using Reflect in watchOS 8

Apple Watch SE using Reflect in watchOS 8 (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

If you want extra gold stars for your prep work, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with watchOS 8 before you get your hand on the Apple Watch Series 7. That's the software the Series 7 will come with, and it has plenty of new features for you to read up on.

Whether you're interested in Reflect, the new features in Messages, or looking forward to using Focus to help you drown out notifications when you need to concentrate, watchOS 8 is a great update to the Apple Watch software — get to know it intimately.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


Luke knows he spends more time on Twitter than he probably should, so feel free to follow him or give him a shout on social media @LukeFilipowicz.

11 Comments
  • Getting pumped to get my watch.
  • Step 1: Set calendar reminder for early June and worry about it later. Sent from the iMore App
  • also sets calendar reminder for june.
  • I use an app called Sync Solver to import my Fitbit data. That being said, I'll be dumping my Fitbit as soon as my Watch shows up tomorrow! Laura
  • You ready it by Apple not opening up orders to other countries until the 7-8 countries they have open now are caught up in some way! Sent from the iMore App
  • I forgot to order Apple Care when I purchased my watch. How can I order Apple Care now. I have tried to get it from the  App Store but it will not let me order it? Sent from the iMore App
  • call them, they can sell it to you over the phone.
  • You can also do it at the Apple Store before or right after you receive it.
  • What might go wrong? I cant think of any reasons to get it though.
  • seriously? what can go wrong with a watch on your wrist that can bang into walls and get scratched up and break... I plan on adding that tomorrow when my watch arrives
  • You can also open the  Watch app and see the apps available already. They've also updated it a bit from today's imore article. My Watch app now says "Featured" instead of App Store and the offerings look more curated than before. Sent from the iMore App