How To Set Up An Apple Watch for Someone Who Doesn’t Have An iPhone

Is it your hope to buy an Apple Watch sometime soon but you are wondering how you are going to use it without having an iPhone? Don’t worry because I know of the perfect way you can use your Apple Watch without you having an iPhone.

Previously, Apple Watch could only be used by persons with iPhones. That is not the case anymore, now everyone can use an Apple Watch; whether you have an iPhone or not. This is as a result of the latest watchOS 7 and the iOS 14 releases.

But, before you do this, you need to have a friend or relative who has an iPhone and for that matter an Apple ID. So in this guide, I am going to show you how to set up an Apple Watch for someone who doesn’t have an iPhone.

Before you can do this, you need to make sure that your iPhone has or supports iOS 14. Otherwise, this is not going to be possible.

With the introduction of iOS 14, Apple has added a lot of features that weren’t available on the previous iOS versions. Some of which include how you can actually hide the hidden photos album, and a whole lot of others.

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Another feature that was introduced in the watchOS 7 and iOS 14 is a feature called Family Setup that allows an iOS 14 user to set up an Apple Watch for their family relatives who doesn’t have an iPhone.


Also, if the person you are setting up the Watch for is a student, you can add school time to limit the period within which he/she can use the watch. Once you set it up, the Watch can make and receive calls, send and receive messages, a variety of Apple Watch features.

Some of which include Health, Activity, App Store, Emergency SOS, Fall Detection, and Noise Notifications.

How To Set Up An Apple Watch For Someone Who Doesn’t Have An iPhone

To set up an Apple Watch for someone who doesn’t have an iPhone, you need to follow the steps listed below:

  1. First of all, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 14 and your Apple Watch to watchOS 7. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. On the watch app on your iPhone, go to General > Software update.
  2. Once you have successfully updated your iOS and watchOS versions, you then have to pair the iPhone to your relative’s Apple Watch. To do this, all you need to do is to power up the Apple Watch, place it near your iPhone and Wait until you see Use your iPhone to set up this Apple Watch. When you get to the next screen choose Set Up for a Family Member.
  3. Follow the remaining steps to set up the Apple Watch. From here, you choose the orientation of the Digital Crown and which hand you will wear the watch on.
  4. Once you are done with the setup, you can customize the watch based on the person’s preferences. That’s all the Apple Watch is now set up for the person without the iPhone.
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As easy as that, you can set up any number of Apple Watch for your relatives and family members who don’t have an iPhone.

In the future when they get their own iPhone, you can visit the Watch app on your iPhone, select all watches, and then unpair it with your iPhone.

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