It used to be that you needed an iPhone to set up and use an Apple Watch. However, watchOS 7 introduced the ability to set up an Apple Watch for a family member who doesn’t own an iPhone. That person can then make and receive phone calls and text messages, use a variety of built-in features, and run third-party apps on the Watch.
For this to work, you’ll need an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14 or higher, while the family member will need an Apple Watch Series 4 or later. Certain features also require a cellular connection on the person’s watch.
To set this up, position the watch next to your iPhone and open the Watch app. Tap the All Watches link at the top, then tap Add Watch and select Set Up for a Family Member. From there, follow the steps to enable or modify the necessary features and settings.
When you’re done, your grateful family member can start using their watch without needing to own an iPhone. You can then continue to manage their watch from your own phone.