1. KingBuick's Avatar
    I currently have the Series 2 but I might be getting the Series 5 Cellular for Christmas soon. Is there any way to have the Series 5 activated and set up and still use the Series 2 until the holidays? I do not want to be without a Watch for two months!

    Also once I have the Series 5 after the holidays, can I use both the Series 5 and Series 2 at the same time (I would have the Series 2 on my right wrist and the Series 5 on my left) or will notifications and other features only be active on one Watch at a time?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    10-30-2019 05:01 PM
  2. doogald's Avatar
    I currently have the Series 2 but I might be getting the Series 5 Cellular for Christmas soon. Is there any way to have the Series 5 activated and set up and still use the Series 2 until the holidays?
    Sure. I currently have both an S2 and an S5 syncing with my iPhone. I wear the S5 during the day and the S2 while I sleep.


    Also once I have the Series 5 after the holidays, can I use both the Series 5 and Series 2 at the same time (I would have the Series 2 on my right wrist and the Series 5 on my left) or will notifications and other features only be active on one Watch at a time?
    Yes, they will both get notifications. Only one will be "active" for activity tracking purposes and, I think, heart rate. But, why wear two watches at the same time? What purpose will that serve?
    10-30-2019 06:47 PM
  3. KingBuick's Avatar
    Sure. I currently have both an S2 and an S5 syncing with my iPhone. I wear the S5 during the day and the S2 while I sleep.




    Yes, they will both get notifications. Only one will be "active" for activity tracking purposes and, I think, heart rate. But, why wear two watches at the same time? What purpose will that serve?
    Thank you for letting me know. So if I activate the Series 5 (with or without cellular) and then turn it off until I get it during the holidays, it should work normally then? I would activate it with cellular on AT&T.
    10-30-2019 07:16 PM
  4. doogald's Avatar
    Thank you for letting me know. So if I activate the Series 5 (with or without cellular) and then turn it off until I get it during the holidays, it should work normally then? I would activate it with cellular on AT&T.
    Why not wait to activate until you are ready to use it? I’m not sure I see the advantage to that, and I see a lot of potential issues. First, if you activate cellular, you will waste basically two months of payments for a service you are not using. (You can always activate cellular later when you are ready to use it.). Second, make 100% sure that the device is shut off if you do this. Two months of a discharged battery may damage the battery permanently.

    What’s the point of activating it and then waiting almost two months to actually use it?
    10-30-2019 09:17 PM
  5. KingBuick's Avatar
    Why not wait to activate until you are ready to use it? I’m not sure I see the advantage to that, and I see a lot of potential issues. First, if you activate cellular, you will waste basically two months of payments for a service you are not using. (You can always activate cellular later when you are ready to use it.). Second, make 100% sure that the device is shut off if you do this. Two months of a discharged battery may damage the battery permanently.

    What’s the point of activating it and then waiting almost two months to actually use it?
    So what I should do is activate the Watch, turn it off, and then when I get it on Xmas then activate the cellular.

    Also I don’t mind having two watches at the same time. I’ve done that with my Series 2 and an old Tissot regular watch that I have.
    10-31-2019 07:19 PM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I currently have the Series 2 but I might be getting the Series 5 Cellular for Christmas soon. Is there any way to have the Series 5 activated and set up and still use the Series 2 until the holidays? I do not want to be without a Watch for two months!
    How are you going to activate the Series 5 without first having possession of it? Did I misunderstand what you typed?

    Also once I have the Series 5 after the holidays, can I use both the Series 5 and Series 2 at the same time (I would have the Series 2 on my right wrist and the Series 5 on my left) or will notifications and other features only be active on one Watch at a time?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Yes, but only one Watch will be active in regard to your cellular service.
    10-31-2019 08:56 PM
  7. doogald's Avatar
    So what I should do is activate the Watch, turn it off, and then when I get it on Xmas then activate the cellular.
    Yes, sounds reasonable. Make sure it’s working so you can return within the 14 day window but then keep it off until you are ready to activate it.

    Also I don’t mind having two watches at the same time. I’ve done that with my Series 2 and an old Tissot regular watch that I have.
    I don’t understand what wearing two Apple watches at the same time will do. I could see wearing the S2 while the S5 was charging, but what purpose will be served by having two Apple watches on at the same time? An Apple Watch and a Tissot at the same time makes more sense - one for fashion, one for function.


    Yes, but only one Watch will be active in regard to your cellular service.
    The S2 was never cellular, so that’s not an issue.
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    10-31-2019 09:24 PM
  8. KingBuick's Avatar
    How are you going to activate the Series 5 without first having possession of it? Did I misunderstand what you typed?



    Yes, but only one Watch will be active in regard to your cellular service.
    I would get it and set it up and then turn it off and store it away until Xmas. Then at Xmas I turn it back on and activate AT&T cell service.

    Will both Watches get notifications but only one Watch will monitor activity use? I will use the AutoSwitch feature.
    11-01-2019 10:45 AM
  9. KingBuick's Avatar
    Yes, sounds reasonable. Make sure it’s working so you can return within the 14 day window but then keep it off until you are ready to activate it.



    I don’t understand what wearing two Apple watches at the same time will do. I could see wearing the S2 while the S5 was charging, but what purpose will be served by having two Apple watches on at the same time? An Apple Watch and a Tissot at the same time makes more sense - one for fashion, one for function.




    The S2 was never cellular, so that’s not an issue.
    Ok. Thanks for the advice.
    11-01-2019 10:46 AM
  10. doogald's Avatar
    Will both Watches get notifications but only one Watch will monitor activity use? I will use the AutoSwitch feature.
    In my experience, yes. But, in your case, if you are wearing both at the same time, I might not rely on auto switch to determine the active watch - you can turn off auto switch and choose the watch you want active.

    If you want to wear only one at a time, yes, then use auto switch.

    One issue with two watches and use auto switch, at least in my experience: watchOS updates. They do not happen automatically on the "other" watch if you are wearing a different watch that is active at the time. At least for me they didn't. I had to manually take my S5 the active watch while it was on the charger and then tell it to install the update. The same thing happened with the S2 earlier this week.
    11-01-2019 12:01 PM
  11. KingBuick's Avatar
    In my experience, yes. But, in your case, if you are wearing both at the same time, I might not rely on auto switch to determine the active watch - you can turn off auto switch and choose the watch you want active.

    If you want to wear only one at a time, yes, then use auto switch.

    One issue with two watches and use auto switch, at least in my experience: watchOS updates. They do not happen automatically on the "other" watch if you are wearing a different watch that is active at the time. At least for me they didn't. I had to manually take my S5 the active watch while it was on the charger and then tell it to install the update. The same thing happened with the S2 earlier this week.
    Thank you for the advice!
    11-02-2019 09:33 PM

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