How to upgrade to the Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6 Red
Apple Watch Series 6 Red (Image credit: Apple)

The Apple Watch Series 6 has a few exciting and great new features, and you may be thinking it's time to swap out that old one on your wrist for the shiny new one. Upgrading to the Apple Watch Series 6 is a straightforward process, but we have a few tips on how to make the transition as seamless as possible.

How to prepare your old Apple Watch for sale or trade-in

The majority of your Apple Watch's data lives on your iPhone, so it's not a particularly complicated process to prepare your watch for a potential buyer or relative; however, you're going to want to make sure you unpair it from your current phone and delete it from your iCloud account properly.

How to sell your Apple Watch

If you're looking to upgrade to a new Apple Watch Series 6, switch between aluminum or stainless steel, or simply aren't using your Watch anymore and want to find it a new home, selling it can help you earn back some cash. While there aren't as many places to sell your old Apple Watch as there is your old iPhone, there are still a few worth checking out.

How to pre-order the Apple Watch Series 6

While you can't walk into an Apple Store this instant and buy the new Apple Watch until the end of the week, you can order the Apple Watch Series 6 right now! Though the latest models will be in stock and in stores on Sept. 18, there's no guarantee your local retailer will have the exact model and style you want. That's why ordering is key!

Unfortunately, you likely will have to wait for your order longer than September 18 now as orders went live right after the September 15 event.

Which size of the Apple Watch Series 6 should you get?

Apple Watch sizes (Image credit: iMore)

Apple Watch Series 5 comes in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. A couple of millimeters here or there might not sound like a lot, but at watch size, it makes a huge difference. The new small watch now has a screen that's slightly bigger than the old big watch, and the big watch has a bigger screen than ever before. And yeah, that's for the aluminum, steel, Nike+, and Hermès versions. All of them.

That might make choosing more complicated than ever. But don't worry, we got you. Here's how to pick the perfect size for you!

Setting up your Apple Watch Series 6

The Apple Watch and iPhone may be two distinctly different pieces of hardware, but one can't exist without the other. When you buy a new Apple Watch, turning it on is only the first step — next comes pairing it with an iPhone.

When it comes time to pair your Apple Watch Series 6 with your iPhone, you'll need to use the Apple Watch app for iOS.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to upgrade to the new Apple Watch Series 6? Let me know in the comments, and I'll answer as soon as I can.

Updated September 2020: Updated for the Apple Watch Series 6.

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. 

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