How to ready your iPhone for Apple Watch

While the Apple Watch pretty much comes ready to pair and start using out of the box, it does come with a few caveats. This week I've had a few iMore readers asking what exactly the requirements of Apple Watch will be and if they need to do anything on their iPhones beforehand.

Are there things I can do now in order to make sure my iPhone is ready to go when my Apple Watch arrives? For example, can I download apps ahead of time, or is there anything I need to backup or check for before hand?

These are all great questions! Here are some things we recommend doing to make sure you're 100% ready for Apple Watch!



iPhone 5 or newer

You'll want to pair your Apple Watch with an iPhone to take full advantage of it. The Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or newer in order to pair. So if you're currently using an iPhone 4s or older, you may want to consider upgrading before picking up an Apple Watch, or before receiving yours if you've already ordered one.

Update your iPhone

In order to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone, you'll need the Apple Watch app. In order to have it, you need to be running iOS 8.2 or higher on your iPhone. If you aren't already running iOS 8.2, you'll need to make sure you update prior to receiving your Apple Watch. It'll save you some time once it's in your hands.

If you aren't sure how to update your iPhone, you can follow our guides on how to do so both with Software Update and through iTunes:

How to get Apple Watch apps now

How to ready your iPhone for Apple Watch

Apps for Apple Watch are merely extensions of the existing apps you already use and love. Many of which have already been updated with Apple Watch support with many more on the way. There isn't a lot you have to do ahead of time but if you want to make sure you've got an ample amount of apps loaded up that take full advantage of your Apple Watch, be sure to check out our running list of App Store apps that are Apple Watch ready:

Transfer existing fitness tracker data to Health for iPhone

How to ready your iPhone for Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will use three apps to help you track your activity; Workout, Activity, and Health. The Health app shipped with iOS 8 and you can already use it. If you've been using a fitness tracker up until Apple Watch, it's a good idea to check and see if you can transfer data to the Health app if you haven't already. Unfortunately some companies, like Fitbit, don't currently support integration with the Health app. Others like Garmin, already do.

So if you haven't already allowed your fitness tracker to write data to the Health app, now is a good time to do so. That way when you get your Apple Watch, you aren't starting off at zero in terms of fitness activity. This applies to third party fitness tracker apps as well.

If you aren't sure how to check if your current fitness tracker supports Health and how to link them together, you can follow our guide:

Your tips?

If you're also anxiously awaiting the arrival of your Apple Watch, is there anything you've done that we haven't mentioned in order to ready your iPhone for Apple Watch? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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