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Question: Is it mandatory to connect Apple Watch cellular to a cellular provider for it to work?

I'll like to buy an Apple Watch and noticed that the one with gps + cellular has more memory and brings a nicer band. I would want to get that one but don't want to connect it to a cellular network. Is that something mandatory or can I buy it and use it as a regular watch with gps? Thanks

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No, it is not mandatory.


Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) can be paired, set up and used for other features whilst skipping the steps to activate cellular. It will then function like a GPS-only model.


The built-in cellular feature can be enabled later, if and when desired, subject to having a compatible service plan on your iPhone that specifically includes support for the Apple Watch, including the carrier activating the watch on the plan.



In the meantime, it can be used in conjunction an iPhone 6 or newer model (running the latest version of iOS) with a service plan from any carrier.


The functions that are available on your Apple Watch when it is away from your iPhone depend on various factors including:



Features and requirements that apply under various circumstances are detailed here, including within the footnotes:


How to use your Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby - Apple Support

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Dec 13, 2017 5:10 AM in response to Carlroc78 In response to Carlroc78

Hi


No, it is not mandatory.


Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) can be paired, set up and used for other features whilst skipping the steps to activate cellular. It will then function like a GPS-only model.


The built-in cellular feature can be enabled later, if and when desired, subject to having a compatible service plan on your iPhone that specifically includes support for the Apple Watch, including the carrier activating the watch on the plan.



In the meantime, it can be used in conjunction an iPhone 6 or newer model (running the latest version of iOS) with a service plan from any carrier.


The functions that are available on your Apple Watch when it is away from your iPhone depend on various factors including:



Features and requirements that apply under various circumstances are detailed here, including within the footnotes:


How to use your Apple Watch without your iPhone nearby - Apple Support

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Question: Is it mandatory to connect Apple Watch cellular to a cellular provider for it to work?