Use more than one Apple Watch with your iPhone

You can pair multiple watches with your iPhone, so you can wear different ones to match what you're doing and where you're going.

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Add a new Apple Watch

Use these steps to pair more than one Apple Watch with your iPhone: 

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap your watch at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Pair New Watch. 
  4. Follow the steps to pair your new watch and iPhone. You can set up your watch as new or use a backup of your other watch.

Each watch has its own settings, so you can customise each one with different apps, glances and watch faces. For example, if you add a card to Apple Pay or install an app on one watch, it won't appear automatically on all your watches.

You can pair more than one Apple Watch  (GPS + Cellular), but not all operators support multiple, active cellular plans at the same time. Contact your operator for details.

Switch between watches

Only one Apple Watch can be active at a time. To switch, take off your current watch, put on another one, then raise your wrist or move your arm. watchOS doesn't support wearing two watches at once, and it doesn't support sharing watches between multiple users at the same time. 

Your watches share Activity and Workout information, so your progress automatically updates after you switch. If you put on a different watch to work out, you can still see all your steps, stand credit and exercise credit for the day. Depending on how much information needs to sync, it might take a minute for you to see all your progress.

Use Auto Switch

When Auto Switch is on, your iPhone automatically switches watches for you when you put on a different watch. If you want to choose when to switch, instead of automatically switching, you can turn Auto Switch off. Here's how to change the setting:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. 
  2. Tap your Apple Watch and turn Auto Switch of or on. 

If you turn off Auto Switch, you need to let your iPhone know which watch you want to use: In the Apple Watch app, tap your watch at the top of the screen, then tap the watch that you're wearing, so the tick mark  appears next to it.

Remove and unpair an Apple Watch

To remove a watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and tap the My Watch tab. Then select an Apple Watch, tap the Info button , and unpair it

Get help

To check the connection between your devices, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap your watch. You should see a tick mark  next to the watch on your wrist. Learn how your Apple Watch and iPhone connect

If your Activity and Workout information doesn't update after you switch between watches, keep your iPhone and Apple Watch close together until your progress updates. 

If you turn off Wake Screen on Wrist Raise or Wrist Detection in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, Auto Switch might not work. If it doesn’t work, turn off Auto Switch and let your iPhone know when you want to switch watches: Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, tap your watch, then choose the one that you're wearing.

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