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How to set up your new Apple Watch Series 7

Want to set up your new Apple Watch? We’ll take you through the process step-by-step.

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When you receive a new tool or toy—such as an Apple Watch Series 7—you probably want to get it up and running as soon as possible. New gadgets are exciting, but sometimes the setup process can be a barrier to good times and getting down to business.

Configuring a new device is often our first experience with a product, which means manufacturers want the process to be as smooth as possible.

While we haven’t yet reached a time when our gadgets set themselves up, Apple does make the process easy. Let’s take a look at a quick and simple way to get your Apple Watch Series 7 up and running.

Pairing and setting up your Apple Watch

Before beginning the setup process, you should check that your iPhone is good to go. You’ll need:

Additionally, Watch OS 8 requires an Apple Watch Series 3 or later and an iPhone running at least iOS 15 to upgrade.

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If everything looks good, you’re ready to pair and configure your Apple Watch Series 7 using these simple steps:

Turn on your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the Side buttonapple watch how-to
Keep your iPhone and Watch close together until prompted to begin setup
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Tap Set Up for Myself on your iPhone if the Watch belongs to you
Line up your iPhone’s camera with the image on the Apple Watch display to begin pairinghow to set up your apple watch
Once paired, choose either Restore from Backup or Set Up as New Apple Watch
Complete each additional step of the setup process, which includes setting a passcode and configuring Apple Pay
Install All available apps or Choose Later, whatever your preference. Syncing a large number of applications will take some time
Complete the setup process to begin syncing

When the sync completes, you can use the Watch app on your iPhone to configure your device. You’ll find settings for things like notifications, watch faces, and anything else important. From your iPhone, you can also perform software updates on your Apple Watch if you haven’t chosen the automatic option.

The iOS Watch app really is the control center of your Series 7, so exploring the menus and examining each available setting will help you get the most out of your product.

Apple Watch Series 7 is simple to set up

The setup process for the Apple Watch hasn’t changed much since the first iteration of the product, and most of the settings and prompts are self-explanatory. If something does go wrong, standard troubleshooting steps will usually resolve the issue.

Most hardware manufacturers put extra effort into streamlining the setup processes for their products, and envisioning a time when new devices fly to our front doors and configure themselves isn’t a huge stretch of the imagination. We’re likely almost there.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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