How to enable LTE mobile service on your Apple Watch

If you want to leave your iPhone at home without missing iMessages, calls and other notifications, you can – if you have the right Apple Watch. Specific Apple Watch models can connect via 4G LTE, so you can go running or shop without having to carry your phone.


So far, three models of the Apple Watch support this feature:

These models usually cost more than the basic models that only support Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity (up to $ 100 more, depending on the smartwatch model you are looking for). In addition, you must pay a monthly fee to your provider to use the LTE connectivity.

Activate your Apple Watch on an LTE network

The first step is to open the Watch app on your iPhone; here you can manage everything that has to do with your smartwatch. Scroll down and tap & # 39; Mobile & # 39; and then tap & # 39; Mobile setup & # 39 ;.

What you see below – and how much you pay – depends on your provider. Being a Verizon customer, he asked me to log in with my phone number and then verify that I want to add the Apple Watch to my subscription.

The wearer you use may depend on the model of your watch. (This is Apple & # 39; s list of supported providers.) According to Apple, your phone and Apple Watch must be on the same provider. however, the Apple Watch supports a maximum of five mobile subscriptions, so that you can change providers with reasonable confidence.

This is what it could cost with some of the major providers:

  • If you have a data plan for a connected device (a fixed amount for a fixed amount of data per month) with Verizon, adding an Apple Watch costs $ 5 per month and $ 30 activation fee when you add it to your subscription. You can activate the Apple Watch on a subscription for one device that offers 1 GB of data for $ 10 per month. If you have an unlimited telephone subscription, this costs $ 10 more per month.
  • T-Mobile charges $ 10 per month to add an Apple Watch to your subscription, and the courier may charge you $ 20 for activation. This price seems to be consistent regardless of which subscription you have with T-Mobile.
  • AT & T charges $ 10 a month to add an Apple Watch to your subscription, regardless of whether you have an unlimited subscription or will only connect one device. It can take up to $ 45 to activate the watch.
  • Sprint does not offer stand-alone plans for the Apple Watch, so you must be enrolled in a data plan for your phone. It costs $ 10 a month to add an Apple Watch with mobile functionality to your Sprint subscription.

The cellular indicator lights up green when it is on.


After you have successfully added the Apple Watch to your mobile subscription, you can turn the mobile feature on or off by swiping up on the Apple Watch home screen and then tapping the top left option that looks like a radio tower. It turns green when mobile is activated, indicating that you can now leave your phone at home without worrying about missing a notification.

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