Erase/Reset Apple Watch

Erase Apple Watch

In some cases, you may need to erase Apple Watch—if you forgot your passcode, for example.

This will erase everything on your watch and reset it to a like-new state.

Reset Apple Watch settings. On Apple Watch, open the Settings app , go to General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content and Settings. Or, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, go to General > Reset, then tap Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.

If you can’t access the Settings app on Apple Watch because you’ve forgotten your passcode, put Apple Watch on its charger, then press and hold the side button until you see Power Off. Firmly press the Power Off slider, then lift your finger. Tap Erase all content and settings.

After the reset finishes and Apple Watch restarts, you need to pair Apple Watch with iPhone again—open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then follow the instructions shown on iPhone and Apple Watch.

Available Faces on the Apple Watch [+Customization How To]

Faces and features

Apple Watch comes with a variety of watch faces, most of which you can customize. Look for software updates; the set of watch faces that follows might differ from what you see on your Apple Watch.

If you are interested in customizing your watch face and are already familear with the faces offered, jump to the customization information.

Note: The Radio complication appears only on Apple Watch Series 3.

Activity Analog

This watch face shows your Activity progress, superimposed over a traditional analog clock. You can choose to see your Activity rings in the familiar stacked design or as subdials.

Activity Analog watch face showing the time as well as Move, Exercise, and Stand goal progress. There are also three complications: Weather Conditions at the top left, Workout at the top right, and Calendar at the bottom.
  • Customizable features: Face color • Style (rings or subdials)
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Activity Digital

With large, uniform fonts, this watch face shows the time in a digital format, along with your Activity progress.

Activity Digital watch face showing the time as well as Move, Exercise, and Stand goal progress. There is a Workout complication at the top right.
  • Customizable features: Face color • Seconds time
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Astronomy

In addition to the time and date, this watch face shows you the phase of the Moon, the Earth as currently illuminated, and the positions of the planets.

The Astronomy watch face, which displays the day, date, and current time, which you can't change. At the bottom left is the current moon phase. At the bottom right is the position of the planets in the solar system. Turn the Digital Crown to move forward or back in time.

Chronograph

This watch face measures time in precise increments, like a classic analog stopwatch. It includes a stopwatch that can be activated right from the face.

The Chronograph watch face, where you can adjust the face color and details of the dial. It shows four complications: Heart Rate at the top left, Stopwatch at the top right, Timer at the bottom left, and Activity at the bottom right.
  • Customizable features: Face color • Timescale
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Color

This watch face displays the time and any features you add in your choice of bright colors.

The Color watch face, where you can adjust the color of the watch face. It shows four complications: Activity at the top left, Breathe at the top right, Weather Conditions at the bottom left, and Timer at the bottom right.
  • Customizable features: Dial color • Monogram
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Explorer

The Explorer watch face is found only on Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) and prominently features green dots, which indicate cellular signal strength.

The Explorer watch face is an analog clock. Just above the center of the watch face are the four green dots that indicate cellular signal strength.
  • Customizable features: Color of the hands • Style
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Kaleidoscope

Select a photo to create a watch face with evolving patterns of shapes and colors. Turn the Digital Crown to change the pattern.

The Kaleidoscope watch face where you can add complications, and adjust the watch face patterns. It shows the Activity complication at the top left, the Workout complication at the top right, and the Weather Conditions complication at the bottom.
  • Customizable features: Image • Style
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse

Let Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse give you a whimsical view of the time—their arms rotate to indicate the hours and minutes, while their feet tap out each second.

The Mickey Mouse watch face where you can add many complications.
  • Customizable features: Character’s clothes color • Character
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Tip: Raise your wrist and tap the watch face to hear Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse tell you the time.

Choose whether your character speaks the time. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Sounds & Haptics, then tap Tap to Speak Time. You don’t hear the voice if Apple Watch is in Silent Mode—to turn Silent Mode on or off, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to open Control Center, then tap Silent Mode.

Modular

This watch face has a digital time display and a grid layout that lets you add many features to give you a thorough view of your day.

The Modular watch face, where you can adjust the color of the watch face. It shows three complications along the bottom: Heart Rate, Activity, and Workout.
  • Customizable features: Color
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Motion

This watch face displays a beautiful animated theme.

The Motion watch face showing a flower. You can choose which object is in motion and add several complications.
  • Customizable features: Choose animated butterflies, flowers, or jellyfish
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Calendar • Date • Heart Rate • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Radio • Reminders • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Workout • World Clock

Numerals

This watch face displays the time with analog hands over a large hour marker. You can choose from seven different typefaces and countless colors for the perfect combination.

Numeral watch face showing the chiseled typeface in blue and an Activity complication at the bottom left.
  • Customizable features: Color • Typeface
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Photos

This watch face lets you show a photo from the Photos app on Apple Watch. For variety, add more than one Photo face.

The Photo watch face shows a photo from your synced photo album. The face shows the date above the time and weather conditions below the time.
  • Customizable features: Synced album • Time position
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Calendar • Date • Heart Rate • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Radio • Reminders • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Workout • World Clock

Create a Photo face on Apple Watch. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe all the way to the right, tap the New button (+), then tap Photo. Or, while browsing in the Photos app on Apple Watch, press any photo, then tap Create Watch Face.

Create a Photo face on iPhone. Open the Photos app on iPhone, tap a photo, tap the Action button, then tap Create Watch Face. Choose to create a Photos watch face or a Kaleidoscope watch face.

Change the photo. With the current Photo watch face showing, firmly press the display, tap Customize, turn the Digital Crown to zoom out, then tap a photo.

Not seeing photos? Make sure the photos are in your synced album. For help, see Choose your album and manage storage.

Simple

This minimalistic and elegant watch face lets you add detail to the dial and features to the corners.

The Simple watch face, where you can adjust the color of the second hand and adjust the numbering and detail of the dial. There are four complications shown: Weather Conditions at the top left, Heart Rate at the top right, Activity at the bottom left, and Timer at the bottom right.
  • Customizable features: Detail and numbering of the dial • Color of the second hand
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Siri

The Siri watch face showing a reminder and a boarding pass. A Siri button is at the top-left of the screen. The date and time are at the top right.

The Siri watch face displays the information you need when you need it—your next appointment, a reminder, or the traffic on your way home—based on your location and the time of day. Just tap to get more information.

  • Customizable features: Choose to display information from Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Home, News, Now Playing, Photos, Reminders, Stocks, Stopwatch, Timer, Wallet, Weather, and Workout
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Siri • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Solar

Based on your current location and time of day, the Solar watch face displays the Sun’s position in the sky, as well as the day, date, and current time.

The Solar watch face displays the day, date, and current time, which can't be modified. Turn the Digital Crown to move the sun in the sky to dusk, dawn, zenith, sunset, and darkness.

Timelapse

This watch face shows a timelapse video of a natural setting or cityscape of your choice.

The Timelapse watch face shows timelapse video of a scenic locale. At the bottom is the Activity complication.
  • Customizable features: Choose video of Mack Lake, New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris, or Shanghai
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Calendar • Date • Heart Rate • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Radio • Reminders • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Workout • World Clock

Toy Story

Your favorite Toy Story characters come to life with a raise of the wrist.

The Toy Story watch face shows the date and time at the top right and an animated Jessie in the middle left of the screen.
  • Customizable features: Choose Toy Box, Buzz, Woody, or Jessie
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Calendar • Date • Heart Rate • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Radio • Reminders • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Workout • World Clock

Utility

This watch face is practical and functional; add up to three complications to display what you want to see at a glance.

The Utility watch face, where you can adjust the color of the second hand and adjust the numbering and detail of the dial.
  • Customizable features: Color of the second hand • Divisions and numbering of the dial
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Now Playing • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

X-Large

For when you need the largest available display. When you add a complication, it fills the screen.

On the left, the X-Large watch face displays the time in digital format, filling the screen. On the right, the Heart Rate complication fills the screen, with the time in the top-right corner.
  • Customizable features: Color
  • Available complications: Activity • Alarm • Battery • Breathe • Calendar • Date • Find My Friends • Heart Rate • Home • Mail • Maps • Messages • Moon Phase • Music • News • Phone • Radio • Reminders • Remote • Stocks • Stopwatch • Sunrise/Sunset • Timer • Weather • Weather Conditions • Workout • World Clock

Customize your watch face

Personalize the Apple Watch face so it looks the way you want and provides the functions you need. Choose a design, adjust colors and features, then add it to your collection. Switch faces at any time to see the right timekeeping tools—or to shake things up.

Tip: The Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app is the easiest way to see all of the available watch faces, customize one, and add it to your collection. But, if your iPhone isn’t handy, you can customize your face right on your watch. For more information, see Explore the Face Gallery.

Choose a different face. Swipe edge to edge across the watch face to see other faces in your collection. To see all available watch faces, firmly press the watch face, swipe to the one you want, then tap it.

When you firmly press the watch face, you see the current watch face with a Customize button at the bottom. Swipe left or right to see other watch face options. Tap Customize to add the features you want.

You can add special features—called complications—to some watch faces, so you can instantly check things like stock prices, the weather report, or information from other apps you installed.

Customize your watch face. With the watch face showing, firmly press the display, then tap Customize. Swipe to select a feature, then turn the Digital Crown to adjust. If the face offers complications, they’re shown together on the last screen—tap one to select it, then adjust using the Digital Crown. When you’re finished, press the Digital Crown to save your changes, then tap the face to switch to it. For information about each watch face, see Faces and features.

Activity Analog customize screen with Activity ring style feature highlighted. Turn the Digital Crown to change options.

Add complications from other apps. In addition to the built-in complications that show information such as weather, stocks, or moon phase, you can add complications for many apps you get from the App Store. To make these complications available when you customize a face, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then tap Complications.

Add a watch face to your collection. Create your own collection of custom faces—even variations of the same design. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe left all the way to the end, then tap the New button (+). Swipe up and down to browse designs, then tap the one you want to add. After you add it, you can customize it.

New watch face screen, with a plus button in the middle. Tap to add a new watch face.

View your collection. You can see all your watch faces at a glance—just open the Apple Watch app, tap My Watch, then swipe through your collection below My Faces.

Delete a face from your collection. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe to the face you don’t want, then swipe it up and tap Remove. You can always add the watch face again later.

The Apple Watch screen showing Remove and Cancel buttons, which appear after you swipe to a watch face, then swipe up on it to delete it.

Set your watch ahead. Open the Settings app Settings icon, tap Time, tap +0 min, then turn the Digital Crown to set the watch ahead by as much as 59 minutes. This setting only changes the time shown on the watch face—it doesn’t affect alarms, times in notifications, or any other times (such as World Clock).

In Time settings, the Apple Watch screen shows a watch face divided into five-minute increments. The first five-minute increment is highlighted, and “+5” appears in the middle of the screen, showing you’ve set the time ahead five minutes.

Explore the Face Gallery

The Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app is the easiest way to see all of the available watch faces. When you find one that looks interesting, you can customize it, choose complications, then add the face to your collection—all from the gallery.

Open the Face Gallery. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then tap Face Gallery.

Apple Watch app open to the Face Gallery. The top row shows faces that are new, the next row shows featured complications. You can scroll to see more faces grouped by type.

Choose features for a face. In the Face Gallery, tap a face, then tap a feature such as color or style. As you play around with different options, the face at the top changes so you can make sure the design is just right.

Add complications. In the Face Gallery, tap a face, then tap a complication position, such as Top, Right, or Bottom. Scroll to see which complications are available for that position, then tap the one you want. If you decide you don’t want a complication in that position, scroll to the top of the list and tap Off. For a complete list of available complications for each watch face, see Faces and features.

Add a face. After you customize a face in the Face Gallery, tap Add. To switch to the new face on Apple Watch, swipe left across the watch face until you see it.

Icons on the Apple Watch (and their meaning)

The status icons

Status icons at the top of the screen give you information about Apple Watch:

Notification icon
You have an unread notification. Swipe down on the watch face to read it.
Charging icon
Apple Watch is charging.
Low battery icon
Apple Watch battery is low.
Lock icon
Apple Watch is locked. Tap to enter the passcode and unlock.
Water Lock icon
Water Lock is on, and the screen doesn’t respond to taps. Turn the Digital Crown to unlock. (Water Lock is available for Apple Watch Series 2 and later only.)
Do Not Disturb icon
Do Not Disturb is turned on. Calls and alerts won’t sound or light up the screen, but alarms are still in effect.
Airplane Mode icon
Airplane Mode is turned on. Wireless is turned off but non-wireless features are still available.
Theater Mode icon
Theater Mode is turned on. Apple Watch is silenced and its display won’t light up when you raise your wrist.
Workout icon
You have a workout in progress. To end the workout, see Start your workout.
No cellular icon—Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) only
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) has lost the connection to a cellular network. See Use Apple Watch with a cellular network—Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) only.
Disconnected iPhone icon
Apple Watch has lost the connection with its paired iPhone. This happens when Apple Watch isn’t close enough to iPhone, or when Airplane Mode is enabled on iPhone. For more information, see the Apple Support article If your Apple Watch isn’t connected to your iPhone.
Connected iPhone icon
Apple Watch is connected to its paired iPhone.
Location indicator
An app on Apple Watch is using location services.
Wi-Fi icon
Apple Watch is connected to a known Wi-Fi network.
Wireless activity icon
There’s wireless activity or an active process happening.
Background audio recording icon
Audio is recording in the background.
LTE icon
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) is connected to a cellular network. The number of dots indicates signal strength.

Changing Wristbands on Apple Watch

Remove, change, and fasten bands

Follow these general instructions for removing, changing, and fastening bands, and then find the instructions for your specific band later in this section. Make sure you’re replacing a band with one of the same size. The bands are sized according to the size of Apple Watch and should not be used interchangeably. Some band styles are made for a particular size Apple Watch only.

Remove and change bands. Press the band release button on Apple Watch, slide the band across to remove it, then slide the new band in. Never force a band into the slot. If you’re having trouble removing or inserting a band, press the band release button again.

The back of Apple Watch, with the band release button in the center of the bottom edge.

Fasten a band. For optimal performance, Apple Watch should fit closely on your wrist.

For best results, the back of Apple Watch needs skin contact for features like wrist detection, haptic notifications, and the heart rate sensor. Wearing Apple Watch with the right fit—not too tight, not too loose, and with room for your skin to breathe—keeps you comfortable and lets the sensors do their job. You may want to tighten Apple Watch for workouts, then loosen the band when you’re done. In addition, the sensors work only when you wear Apple Watch on the top of your wrist.

Classic Buckle

Materials include leather with stainless steel.

To fasten the classic buckle band, guide the free end up through the loop, then back out while capturing the latch in a hole. Slip the excess under the loop.

Leather Loop

Materials include leather with stainless steel; fits the 42 mm Apple Watch only; contains magnets. For information about magnets, see “Medical device interference” in Important safety information.

To fasten the leather loop, insert the free end of the long end up through the slot in the other half, then fold it back against itself until the magnets engage.

Link Bracelet

Materials include stainless steel.

Important: Press a quick release button first so that the Link Bracelet is in two pieces before you attempt to remove or resize it.

The inside of a Link Bracelet band, with the quick release button at the center edge of the link. When the quick release button is pressed, the links are pulled apart. Next to it is a picture of the back of Apple Watch, showing the band release button in the center of the bottom edge, and the watch band sliding out as the button is pressed.
To fasten the link bracelet band, fold the hinged ends toward each other until they click together.

Milanese Loop

Materials include stainless steel; contains magnets. For information about magnets, see “Medical device interference” in Important safety information.

To fasten the Milanese loop band, insert the free end of the long end up through the loop on the other side of the watch, then fold it back against itself until the magnets engage.

Modern Buckle

Materials include leather with stainless steel; fits the 38 mm Apple Watch only; contains magnets. For information about magnets, see “Medical device interference” in Important safety information.

A leather band seen from the side, showing how you push the band up and slide it left or right to select a new sizing hole.
To fasten the modern buckle band, lay the two halves on top or each other, then press until you hear the click.

Sport Band

Materials include fluoroelastomer with stainless steel, ceramic, or 18-karat gold.

To fasten the sport band, press one of the holes over the metal post, then thread the excess through the gap.

Sport Loop

Materials include nylon with a hook and loop closure.

Woven Nylon

Materials include nylon with stainless steel. Closure is the same as Classic Buckle.

Pair Apple Watch with iPhone

To use your Apple Watch with watchOS 4, you need to pair it with an iPhone 5s or later with iOS 11 or later—Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) requires an iPhone 6 or later. Setup assistants on iPhone and Apple Watch work together to help you pair and set up Apple Watch.

WARNING: To avoid injury, read Important safety information before using Apple Watch.

Put Apple Watch on your wrist. Adjust the band so Apple Watch fits closely but comfortably on your wrist. For information about resizing or changing the band on Apple Watch, see Remove, change, and fasten bands.

Tip: If you have difficulty seeing Apple Watch or iPhone, VoiceOver or Zoom can help—even during setup. See Set up Apple Watch using VoiceOver or Zoom.

Turn on, pair, and set up. To turn on Apple Watch, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo. Bring iPhone near Apple Watch, wait for the Apple Watch pairing screen to appear on iPhone, then tap Pair. Or open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then tap Pair New Watch.

the Apple Watch app icon

When prompted, position iPhone so that Apple Watch appears in the viewfinder in the Apple Watch app. This pairs the two devices. After pairing, follow the instructions on iPhone and Apple Watch to finish setup.

Tip: While it’s pairing with iPhone, Apple Watch provides tips on how to interact with it. Tap Display, Digital Crown, and Side Button to learn more.

You can activate cellular service on Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) during setup. If you don’t wish to, you can activate it later in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. See Use Apple Watch with a cellular network—Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) only.

Note: iPhone and Apple Watch must use the same cellular carrier. Cellular service not available in all areas.

Pairing illustration showing a left arm with the Apple Watch on the wrist and a right hand holding the companion iPhone. The iPhone screen displays the pairing instructions with Apple Watch visible in the viewfinder, and the Apple Watch screen displays the pairing illustration.

If you see a watch face when you’re trying to pair, your Apple Watch is already paired to an iPhone. You need to first erase all content and reset Apple Watch settings.

If you have trouble pairing using the camera, tap Pair Apple Watch Manually at the bottom of the iPhone screen, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Unpair Apple Watch. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then tap your Apple Watch at the top of the screen. Tap the Info button next to the Apple Watch you want to unpair, then tap Unpair Apple Watch.

Pair more than one Apple Watch. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then tap your Apple Watch at the top of the screen. Tap Pair New Watch, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Quickly switch to a different Apple Watch. Put on your Apple Watch, then raise your wrist.

iPhone automatically connects to the paired Apple Watch that you’re wearing. If you’d rather choose an Apple Watch manually, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap your Apple Watch at the top of the screen, then turn off Auto Switch.

To see if your Apple Watch is connected to iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to open Control Center, then look for the Connected status icon .

Checkmark shows the active Apple Watch.

For more information about setup and pairing, see the Apple Support article Set up your Apple Watch.

If you need to charge Apple Watch before setup, see Charge Apple Watch.

Pair Apple Watch to a new iPhone

If Apple Watch is paired to your old iPhone and you now want to pair it with your new iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Use iCloud Backup to back up the iPhone currently paired to Apple Watch (see the iPhone User Guide for more information).
  2. Set up your new iPhone. On the Apps & Data screen, choose to restore from an iCloud backup, then select the latest backup.
  3. Continue iPhone setup and, when prompted, choose to use Apple Watch with your new iPhone.

When iPhone setup completes, Apple Watch prompts you to pair it to the new iPhone. Tap OK on Apple Watch, then enter its passcode.