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Do you have an Apple Watch? If so, did you know that you can set up cellular on it? This is a great option if you want to be able to use your watch without having to carry your phone with you. In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps of setting up cellular on your Apple Watch. We will also discuss some of the benefits of doing so!
The Apple Watch is more than just an accessory. It can actually do everything from making calls to sending messages on your behalf! With a cellular connection on your Apple Watch, you can make calls and more—even when away from the phone.
An Apple Watch that you set up for a family member can use a different carrier than your iPhone uses.
You can also set up cellular later from the Apple Watch app:
You can set up a cellular Apple Watch for a family member who doesn't have their own iPhone. If your cellular carrier supports the use of a managed Apple Watch, you're given the option to add the watch to your plan during setup. Look for the option to set up cellular, then follow the onscreen steps. If your carrier doesn't support it, you might be able to use an alternative carrier.
If you don't set up cellular on your family member's Apple Watch initially, you can do it later with these steps:
To see the phone number assigned to your family member's Apple Watch after you set up cellular, go to Settings on the watch, then tap Phone.
Setting up a managed Apple Watch for a family member is available only in certain countries or regions.
Your Apple Watch with cellular automatically switches to the most power-efficient wireless available: It can connect to your iPhone when itʼs nearby, a Wi-Fi network, or cellular. When your watch connects to cellular, it uses LTE networks. If LTE isn't available, your watch will try to connect to UMTS if your carrier supports it. When your watch connects to a cellular network, you can check the signal strength from Control Center or the Explorer watch face. To open Control Center, touch and hold the bottom of the screen, then swipe up.
Learn what your Apple Watch can do while connected to Wi-Fi or cellular, even when your iPhone isn't nearby.
Your iPhone and Apple Watch must use the same carrier, unless the watch was set up for a family member who doesn't have an iPhone. If you change carriers on your iPhone,* you need to remove the previous service plan on your Apple Watch and sign up for a new plan. Here's how:
Carrier fees may apply. Contact your carrier for details.
When you’re ready to start using a new Apple Watch, you can transfer cellular service from your old watch to your new one. Here’s how:
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