How to add a mobile plan to an Apple Watch with Family Setup

A step-by-step guide

Family Setup mode allows you to set up one or more Apple Watches as a standalone mobile device for someone who doesn’t have their own iPhone. Once set up, the Watches will then function independently without a nearby iPhone.  

Family Setup allows you to manage each watch from your iPhone, for example, administering parental controls for a child’s watch. 

How to set up Family Sharing

First, check your Apple Watch is compatible 

A BetterRoaming plan for the Apple Watch Family Setup is compatible with any of the following models: 

  • Apple Watch Series 4 or later with cellular/mobile  

  • Apple Watch SE or later with cellular/mobile 

(Please check the Apple website for more information) 

Additionally, you will need an iPhone 6S or later, running iOS14 or later, for the setup phase, and your watch needs to be operating WatchOS7 or later. We recommend updating both your iPhone and watch to the latest available iOS and Watch OS. You will also need at least one active Apple ID login.  

Setting up an Apple Watch for a family member

Once Family Sharing is on, you are ready to set up the watch for someone else. Make sure to have your watch and iPhone to hand, then open the Watch app on your iPhone.

Before you begin setting up the Apple Watch, make sure you have first set up Family Sharing on your iPhone. You can do so by going to Settings > Apple ID > Family Sharing > Add Member

You can then enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one. You can also add or create a new  Apple ID when you first set up your Apple Watch. 

Once you have set up Family Sharing, open the Watch app on your iPhone. 

Now turn the watch on. If the watch is brand new, hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. If you’re setting up an old Watch for someone else, you will need to unpair and erase it first before you can use Family Setup. Learn how to erase an Apple Watch here

1. In the Watch app, select Set Up for a Family Member

2. Pair your Apple Watch by holding the device in front of the iPhone camera

Then select "Set up Apple Watch"

3. Once pairing is complete, read and accept the terms and conditions

4. Choose your text size and set a four-digit password

5. Now select who will be using the Watch

If you don't see their name, select 'Add new Family Member'. You can add them by entering their existing Apple ID, or creating one for them

6. You can add a new family member by entering their existing Apple ID, or creating one for them

7. Enter their Apple ID and password to connect the Watch for them

8. Enter the Apple Watch's passcode to complete the setup

How to add a data plan to an Apple Watch

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone

and select Watch 

2. Tap on Set Up Cellular 

If your mobile carrier supports multiple Watch plans in your region, you will be shown a list of all available plans here 

3. If your mobile carrier doesn't support multiple Watch plans in your region -

click on the link to search for other carriers. You’ll be redirected to the Apple website. Under Family Setup, select Jump to Family Setup Network Providers

4. Find your country and select "BetterRoaming powered by 1GLOBAL" to book a plan. 

Your current location should be automatically selected 

5. You can now select whether you would prefer a monthly or yearly subscription 

Every new device you connect to BetterRoaming automatically receives a 7-day free trial 

6. Create a BetterRoaming account or log in if you already have one. 

If you’re new to BetterRoaming, or haven’t previously verified your email, you will first need to do this to proceed 

7. On the checkout page, enter your Watch's EID

You can find your EID by going to the Watch app on your iPhone and navigating to General > About > EID. Press and hold on the EID number to copy it. You can then paste the number into the BetterRoaming website.

8. After you check out, you will not be charged until your free trial period expires

Once it's ready you will receive a notification inviting you to add the BetterRoaming plan to your Apple Watch

9. It will take a couple of minutes to configure your plan.

You can now make unlimited calls and texts directly via your watch, no iPhone needed. You can also enjoy unlimited mobile data to use online and with your favourite apps. 

Adding a data plan manually

If you did not receive the notification in step 8 of the instructions above, you can also manually install a data plan via the Watch app on your iPhone.

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone

and select Watch 

2. Tap on Set Up Cellular 

3. Select Set Up Cellular and follow the prompts 

4. Select Install Data Plan

5. It may take a couple of minutes to connect

6. Once connected, you should see an overview of your plan

7. Your Apple Watch is now successfully connected to BetterRoaming

You can always check this by calling your watch on the newly assigned phone number

8. Alternatively, you can view your Watch plan by going to Settings > Cellular/Mobile Data

You should be able to see “1GLOBAL”, with the status “Connected”