The Apple Watch is a modern engineering marvel. One of the most important features of the Apple Watch is the “i” icon, which allows you to pair your Apple Watch to an iPhone. In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to find your Apple Watch “i” icon, and the many benefits it offers for making your Apple Watch experience amazing!
A common problem in setting up your Apple Watch
Imagine your excitement: you’ve just gotten your brand-new Apple Watch! It’s sleek, shiny, and feels great on your wrist. The whole world is seemingly yours while you wear your Apple Watch on your left hand and hold your phone (presumably, your iPhone) in your right! Or, perhaps you’re holding them in the opposite way… or they’re both in the same hand!
But there’s a problem.
You want to get your Apple Watch set up and ready to go, and you know you need to find your “i” icon on the Apple Watch to start this process…
.. but you can’t find it!
What do you do?
Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Many, many new Apple Watch users have trouble with the exact same thing! We’re here to help.
Here’s exactly the steps you’d take to find your “i” icon.
Finding the “i” icon
In order to view the “i” icon on the display of your watch when you’re manually pairing your devices, follow these steps in order.
Wear your Apple Watch snugly on your wrist. Make sure it isn’t too loose or tight. Once you’re set and can type comfortably, choose your desired language (see footnote below for more on this).
Do this next step separately on each device, starting with your iPhone. Go to the Watch app on your iPhone, and within the app, find the “start pairing” option. Tap that option. Then, tap the option that will appear that says “Pair Apple Watch Manually” on your iPhone.
This is the point at which the “i” icon should appear on your Apple Watch screen.
Once you’ve tapped the icon, your iPhone device’s name should be visible on the watch’s face.
Similarly, on your iPhone itself, you should see a display with the name of your Apple Watch device. Tap that display as well.
You will see a six-digit code displayed on your Apple Watch screen. Remember that code (or write it down if you need to), and put that code into your iPhone prompt. This will initiate the process of pairing the two devices.
The prompt will then guide you with specific remaining steps to follow.
Footnote on language and resetting:
If for some reason you first need to reset your watch before beginning this process:
Go to the Home screen on your watch. This can be accessed with a single press on the Digital Crown icon. Start this process: Settings (cog icon) > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings.
You may then be able to pair your watch via the standard process, using the camera. You’ll also be able to set up your language from this point.
If you’re an Apple Watch user, you may have seen the ⓘ icon here and there. It shows up on the watch sometimes, inside the Watch app, and if you’ve been looking at Apple’s support pages, you may have seen it mentioned there as well. So what is the ‘i’ icon for? Today I’ll tell you where you can find the “i” icon, what it does, and when you should use it.
How to use the ‘i’ Icon to get information
Once everything’s set up, you can tap on your watch’s name in the app and, you’ll see the ⓘ icon. This will give you more information about the Apple Watch along with certain additional functions including things like‘Find My Apple Watch’ and the ability to unpair your Apple Watch if you need to pair with a different device.
Another place you’ll be able to see the ⓘ icon is when pairing your Apple Watch to a different iPhone, as described above. Tapping on this icon allows you to manually set-up your Apple Watch with a different iPhone.
What if I still can’t find the “i” icon?
Sometimes, if you’re still unable to find the “i” icon displayed on your Apple Watch, there’s a possibility it could still be paired with a different iPhone, and someone forgot to unpair it before giving it away or selling it. Believe it or not, according to Apple’s support document, this is actually more common than you might think. In this situation, you can unpair your Apple Watch first and then start a new pairing process. This can be initiated from the watch itself.