How To Actually Use Your New Apple Watch

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Remember when you held your first iPhone in your hand and you didn’t…quite…know what to do with it? That’s pretty much the same feeling you get when you strap the Apple Watch on for the first time. Okay, it’s got a screen, and a couple of buttons (well, one is more of a knob), but where do you start? Relax; we’ve got the answers to all of your questions.

Whether you’ve found yourself deep in the trenches of a new Apple Watch app, or you aren’t quite sure how to download that app in the first place, we’ll guide you through all of the major functions, features, and operations of your new smartwatch. If you don’t own one yet, well, here’s how to become an expert in advance.

First things first: Your phone (an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus) needs to be upgraded to iOS 8.2 or later so you can get the Apple Watch companion app. Then, once you have the Watch, follow the on-screen prompts in the app to pair it with your iPhone. You'll then use this app to manage your watch's settings and download new Watch apps. 

Now, brave Refinery29 reader, you're ready to start using your watch. Read on to find out how to access notifications, track activities, and properly twist that "digital crown." 

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