How to Activate Cellular Service on Your Apple Watch


To set up cellular on your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your paired iPhone and tap the My watch tab. Scroll down and tap Cellularthen follow the on-screen prompts.


How to set up cellular on your Apple Watch

When you first set up your Apple Watch, you can turn on cellular by following the onscreen prompts. If you turned off cellular activation during your original pairing process, you can still set up cellular from the Apple Watch app.

  • On your paired iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
  • Press the My watch tabthen touch Cellular.
  • Faucet Configure cellularthen touch Configure cellular Again.
  • You will then be redirected to the instructions for your specific cellular carrier. You’ll need to confirm your identity to add the Apple Watch to your plan, and you may need to contact your carrier to complete the setup process.

Your Apple Watch will likely be assigned its own phone number for billing purposes, however, the device will actually use the same number as your iPhone. If you set up cellular on a family member’s device that doesn’t have their own iPhone, that device will receive and use their own number. Cellular support for a family member’s Managed Apple Watch is only available in certain regions and through specific carriers.

How to connect to a cellular network

An Apple Watch Ultra on a user's wrist receives an incoming call.

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If cellular service is enabled on your Apple Watch, the device will automatically connect to the network when needed. Apple Watches automatically use the most energy-efficient wireless available. When your iPhone is nearby, the device will use your phone’s signal via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. When your watch needs to connect to a cellular network, it uses LTE networks. If LTE is not available, your watch will try to connect to UMTS if your specific carrier supports it.

You can manually turn your cellular connection on or off at any time by swiping up from your Apple Watch face and tapping the Cell icon.

How to tell if your Apple Watch has an active cellular signal

Two Apple Watch illustrations show possible cellular signal icons that users with data will find in their control panel.

When your watch connects to a cellular network, you can check the signal strength from your device’s quick menu by swipe up of your watch face.

  • When the Cell icon is green you are connected to a cellular signal.
  • When the Cell icon is white your plan is active but your device is connected to your phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Read more: Common Apple Watch Problems and Solutions


To delete your cellular plan, open the Watch app on your paired iPhone and tap the My watch tabthen touch Cellular. Press the information icon at the top of the screen and tap Delete planthen touch again to to confirm. You may need to contact your mobile carrier to complete the process and cancel your subscription.

Yes. According to Apple, extended periods of cellular connection will drain the battery faster than connecting to your phone.

Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone, tap the My watch tab, then tap Cellular. Scroll down to the Cellular Data Usage section to review your data usage.