Any cons to borrowing an iPhone to set up an apple watch then use it separately?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MartinAppleGuy, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    hey there all :) Is there any cons to borrowing a friends iPhone to set up an Apple Watch? I have someone who really likes the idea of an Apple Watch and thinks it looks stunning and she also really likes some of the watch faces that would not be possible on a standard watch (such as the solar one) but she doesn't currently have an iPhone (she will but just not right now). Is it possible for her to use a friends iPhone to go throw the setup of the apple watch so that it then can work on its own and never be connected to the phone again?

    Is it possible to get it set up and up and running; but not have connected to the credit card details or different iTunes accounts?

    It's really just going to be used as a watch for the small time until she has an iPhone; but what other features would she get if its never paired with the iPhone again after setup?

    And is there any cons to not having the phone and watch connect er set up? And is it easy to then move it to her new iPhone when she gets that?

    Cheers everyone :)
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    If that friend ever gets his/her own AW, they will need to unpair the Watch, which will remove the iCloud account.

    Unless she doesn't care about having an iCloud account (meaning no Messages, etc.).
  3. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    Does the first generation of the Apple Watch even work without a phone? It seems all the popular apps and handy tools and services don't work without a paired phone in your backpocket.
  4. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    Is it possible to not connect the iTunes account with the apple watch? As she would connect her own when she gets an iPhone anyway. She has an iPad but not the phone right now.
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    One important thing to be aware of is that the watch has no way of backing up data -- backup is done through the iPhone. So if/when your friend gets her own iPhone, she'll have to wipe the watch and start over from scratch.

    Not that there is much data that can be accumulated without an iPhone. The watch will track her activity, but there is no way to view anything other than today's data without an iPhone. If she does any custom setups of the watch faces, then those will be lost when she gets her own iPhone and pairs it with that.
  6. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    Might as well just wait until she can get both at once. The AW isn't getting discontinued anytime soon.
  7. Nugget macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    Sounds like a terrible idea. The watch will be constantly complaining that it can't connect to the iPhone (ugly red icon on the top of the screen) and the utility will be severely limited.
  8. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    Sounds like the easiest route is to just get the phone. 90% of the best parts of the watch require the phone. I think it would be useless without it.
  9. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Don't make this an unnecessary headache. Get the iphone first. Then the watch.

Share This Page