How to Add Friends on Your Apple Watch

Add your favorite contacts to your favorite watch

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Make your Apple Watch personal by adding friends to it. When you add friends on Apple Watch, you’ll be able to connect with them in several different ways, like calling them on the phone app and sharing your activity, goals, and competitions, as well as using the new Walkie-Talkie feature.

Add Friends and Contacts to Your Apple Watch

Getting started is very simple because Apple Watch will automatically sync whatever contacts you have on your iPhone when you set it up. Once your watch is set up, you’ll have your contacts available on your wrist.

In terms of controlling the settings for your contacts, you can decide if you'd like to have contacts act the same way they do on your iPhone, mirrored, or if you’d like to customize the settings. If you customize them, you can change the order in which contacts are sorted or displayed, or if nicknames are used.

To get to the contacts options, open the Watch app on your phone, tap My Watch, then scroll down to the Contacts section. From there, you can choose how to want contacts to appear on your watch.

Screenshots for how to show your iPhone contacts on your Apple Watch.

Share Your Activity and Compete With Friends

Beyond contacts, you can also add friends to Apple Watch by sharing your fitness activity with them.

  1. Open the Activity app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap the Sharing tab in the bottom right of the app.

  3. Tap the + in the top right corner.

  4. Either type in a phone number or select from a list of suggested friends wearing an Apple Watch.

  5. After entering the phone or selecting recommended friends, tap Send.

  6. After they accept the invite they will show up in the phone and watch Activity app.

    You can add up to 40 friends to Activity sharing.

  7. If you receive an invite from a friend, it will appear on your Apple Watch. You can tap Accept or Ignore.

Add Your Friends to Walkie-Talkie App

The Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch will let you instantly talk back and forth with a friend, directly from your watch.

  1. On your Apple Watch, launch the Walkie-Talkie app.

  2. Tap the + to begin, and you'll see a list of contacts suggested at the top.

  3. Tap the contact you want to use the Walkie-Talkie app with and an invite will be sent.

  4. An invited contact will remain grey until they accept. Once they do, it will turn yellow.

  5. If you’d like to remove a contact, in the Walkie-Talkie app, swipe left on a yellow contact and tap the red X to remove them.

If you’ve already added friends to Walkie-Talkie, the plus sign to add more will be at the bottom underneath existing contacts.