Set up apple watch for a Family Member

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With Family Setup on Apple Watch, you can use your iPhone to setup an Apple Watch for anyone in your family, even if they don’t have their own iPhone with our Family Member plans. Here's how to set them up.

To set up a Family Member Plan, you will need:

  1. an Apple watch, Series 4 or newer on iOS 7

  2. an iPhone on iOS 14 or newer

  3. an EE Pay Monthly or SIM only plan

You will also need an Apple ID for the family member you are setting the watch up for with family sharing enabled.

You can set-up both an Apple ID and the Family Member plan while you are setting up the watch.

Good to know:

Family Member plans are only available on Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. Be sure to check which series your Apple Watch is.

How to pair an Apple Watch to iPhone for a Family Member Plan

How to pair an Apple Watch to iPhone for a Family Member Plan

To pair an Apple Watch for a Family Member Plan:

  1. 1

    Open the Watch app on your iPhone

  2. 2

    Select Set up for a family member

  3. 3

    Pair the watch with your iPhone

  4. 4

    Follow the steps in the app. They'll get you set-up and ready to go

To set up a SIM only plan

Either for a family member or because you didn't buy your watch from EE, you will need to choose Set up Mobile Data during the set-up process. Make sure to have your My EE details handy. 

If you don't have a My EE account, you will need to register for one.

The watch includes an eSIM which is downloaded as part of the set-up process. You do not need any extra SIM cards for your plan.


    It can take up to four hours for the eSIM to activate

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