The best way to get started with Ap­ple Watch

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The first thing you’ll want to do is put the Ap­ple Watch on your wrist. Not so quick, flip the Ap­ple Watch over and spot the two small in­dents next to the straps. Th­ese are the band re­lease but­tons, press and hold one and slide the band out side­ways to re­move it. Check in the Watch’s pack­ag­ing and you’ll find an­other band (you get one large and one small). Try both and see which fits best.

Now lay your Watch on a flat sur­face; this makes the au­to­matic sync with your iPhone eas­ier (try to avoid man­ual pair­ing if pos­si­ble).

Press the side but­ton (shaped like a pill) to turn on the Watch and tap Start Pair­ing on the Watch and in Ap­ple Watch app on your phone.

Dur­ing setup you’ll be asked to spec­ify which wrist you’ll wear the Watch on. This doesn’t af­fect the ori­en­ta­tion of the Watch’s dis­play in­ci­den­tally, which is set separately. Com­bined, th­ese choices tell the Watch the di­rec­tion of move­ment that should cause its dis­play to turn on when you raise your wrist. Don’t worry if you’re un­sure be­cause all th­ese set­tings can be ad­justed later from the iPhone app.

For se­cu­rity in case your Watch is stolen, set up a pass­code dur­ing the ini­tial setup process. The Watch uses the sen­sors on its back to de­ter­mine when you’ve taken it off, af­ter which the pass­code must be en­tered to use it. You’ll be asked whether you want the Watch to un­lock when you un­lock your iPhone (as long as you are wear­ing the Watch). The de­fault pass­code is four dig­its long, but tap­ping ‘Add a Long Pass­code’ en­ables you to en­ter a 10-digit num­ber. This is much harder to by­pass, but only use it if you are truly se­cu­rity con­scious.

Ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion

You might also turn on the Erase Data set­ting, which is done in the Ap­ple Watch app on your iPhone af­ter ini­tial setup (look un­der My Watch > Pass­code). When this is on, the Watch erases its con­tents af­ter 10 in­cor­rect pass­code en­tries.

Get­ting back to set­ting up: when you’re asked whether to in­stall all Watch apps that are in­cluded with your iPhone apps, we think it’s smarter to in­stall them later to speed up the setup process. Be­sides, in­stalling ev­ery avail­able app can make the Watch’s Home screen overly busy.

Fi­nally, the Ap­ple Watch syncs with your iPhone and you can use it as soon as that fin­ishes (it takes a few min­utes). Strap on the Watch, tap the screen and en­ter your pass­code. Now when you raise your wrist, the screen will spring to life.

Use the Ap­ple Watch app on your iPhone to add and or­gan­ise your apps (see be­low). That’s just the start, and we’ll come to other cus­tomi­sa­tions later.

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