So you have a brand new Apple Watch with LTE and wondering how to set up mobile data on your new smartwatch? Although you have the option to set up a data plan on your Apple Watch during the first setup, if you skipped this step for some reason, you can still set it up fairly easily. Here’s how to set up mobile data on a cellular Apple Watch.

How to set up a data plan on Apple Watch

To note: We tested this method on Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, but the steps will be the same for any Apple Watch with LTE.

  • On your iPhone, open the Watch app and select your Apple Watch from the list. Normally, the watch app will automatically open to the following page, but if you have multiple Apple Watches set up on your iPhone, be sure to choose the one you want to set up LTE on.
  • Press on ‘Mobile data‘ then on ‘Configure mobile data
  • Again press ‘Configure mobile data‘. You will see your carrier screen appear. Tap “Enable Services”.
  • Once the request is accepted, press “OK, I understand” and you’re done.

It will take a few minutes for the data plan to be activated on your Apple Watch, then you can use your watch even if it is not connected to your iPhone. Usually you’ll get a message from your carrier telling you that your watch has been paired with your cellular account, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. Even so, your data plan will be activated in a few minutes.

Set up mobile data on Apple Watch and use it independently

This is how you can set up a data plan on your LTE-enabled Apple Watch. With an active data plan on your watch, you can use it independently of your iPhone. So when you go for a morning run, you no longer need to carry your iPhone with you. It’s even useful if you accidentally forget your iPhone at home one day while you’re away.

So, have you ever set up a data plan on your Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments.