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How to set up Friends on your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch lets you set up your most frequent and important contacts that way, as "Friends", so you can access them quickly. There's only room for twelve of them, however, one each at all the clock points, so you'll need to choose who makes the cut carefully. You can do that on your iPhone.

Note: You can currently add a maximum of twelve Friends for your Apple Watch.

How to set your Friends on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab at the bottom.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Friends.
  4. Tap on Add a Friend on any free slot.
  5. Search for the contact you want to add.
  6. Tap on the Contact name.

The contact will now appear in your Friends list and sync over to the Friends app on your Apple Watch.

How to reorder your Friends on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab at the bottom.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Friends.
  4. Tap on Edit at the top right.
  5. Touch and hold on the **grabber* to the far right of the friend you want to move.
  6. Drag your friend to their new location in the list.
  7. Tap on Done at the top right.

How to delete your Friends on Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab at the bottom.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Friends.
  4. Swipe from right to left on the friend listing to reveal the Remove button.
  5. Tap on Edit at the top right.
  6. Tap on the red delete icon to the left of the friend's avatar.
  7. Tap Remove to confirm.
  8. Repeat to remove additional friends.

To quickly delete just one friend, you can also just swipe from right to left on the list and hit Remove to confirm.

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

3 Comments
  • No, Rene, don't remove Georgia! LOL It looks like you don't have to have twelve Friends configured, that is nice.
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