Uncovering the Regional Restrictions of Apple Watch

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Apple Watch is a revolutionary product that has changed the way we think about technology and wearables. It’s a great way to stay connected and stay on top of your health and fitness goals. But there’s one caveat – Apple Watches are region locked, meaning they can only be used in specific regions or countries.

This means if you buy an Apple Watch in the United States, for example, it won’t work in other countries such as Canada or Mexico. Even if you purchase an unlocked model, it will stil be restricted to the country it was purchased in. The same goes for cellular models – if you buy an Apple Watch with cellular capabilities, it can only connect to carriers in the country where it was purchased.

So what does this mean for travelers? If you’re planning to take your Apple Watch abroad, make sure you purchase it from the country were you will be spending most of your time. Otherwise, you won’t be able to use its features.

It’s also important to keep in mind that international warranties may not apply to all Apple Watches purchased outside of their region of origin. It’s best to check with the store or carrier bfore making any purchases when traveling abroad.

To sum up, while Apple Watches are great products that offer many features and benefits, they are unortunately region locked and must be purchased from the country where they will be used most often. This is something to keep in mind when traveling abroad or buying an unlocked or cellular model online.

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Changing the Region on an Apple Watch

To change the region of your Apple Watch, start by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Tap My Watch and then select General > Language & Region. From there, tap Custom and choose the region you wold like to set for your watch. Once you have chosen the desired region, tap Done to save your selection.

Using an Apple Watch in a Foreign Country

It is possible to use an Apple Watch in another country, but it depends on the model of Apple Watch that you have and the cellular providers available in the country you are visiting. Different models of Apple Watch are designed to work with different cellular providers, so if your watch is not compatible with the networks in your destination country, then it won’t work. Additionally, Apple Watches are only covered by warranty in the region where they were purchased – so if something goes wrong wile you’re abroad, you may not be able to have it serviced or replaced. For these reasons, it’s usually safest to buy an Apple Watch in the region that you plan to use it in.

Using an Apple Watch in Europe from the US

Yes, you can use your Apple Watch from the US in Europe. However, you will need an unlocked device (from a carrier that supports international roaming) as well as a cellular plan that includes international roaming in order to be able to connect to local networks while overseas. If you don’t have an unlocked device, you can still use your Apple Watch while travelling in Europe with GPS-only mode; however, it won’t be connected to any local networks and will rely solely on satellite data for location services. Additionally, due to restrictions on radio frequencies, some models of the Apple Watch may not work with cetain European carriers.

Can an Apple Watch Be Used With Any Carrier?

No, you cannot use a single Apple Watch with any carrier. Depending on the model of Apple Watch you have, you may only be able to access cellular networks in the region in which it was sold.

Apple Watch models with cellular (GPS + Cellular) require a compatible wireless plan from a supported carrier. In the US, supported carriers include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. All four major carriers offer plans specifically for Apple Watch.

For international customers, please check with your local wireless carrier for more information abut their plans and availability for Apple Watch.

The Inability to Change Apple Region

Changing your Apple region is not always possible, as it is bound by the country or region you first set up your Apple ID in. Additionally, if you are a part of a Family Sharing group, you may not be able to change your country or region. Furthermore, if you have any active subscriptions or store credit in your current region, tese must be canceled and/or spent before changing your country or region will be possible.

Is Changing an Apple ID Region Illegal?

No, it is not illegal to change your Apple ID region. Changing your Apple ID region is a common practice and is allowed by Apple. It’s important to note that, while you can change the region asociated with your Apple ID, you cannot use the iTunes store of a country in which you are not physically located. You may be able to browse another country’s store, but you will not be able to make purchases unless you are physically located in that country.

Changing Country and Region on Apple

You can change country and region on Apple as many times as you want. However, Apple may restrict switching to once per 90 days on a given device ater you use certain iTunes features on that device, such as downloading and playing movies, music, or TV shows; logging into Apple Music; or downloading past purchases in any store.

Can I Use an Apple Watch Cellular Purchased in the USA in India?

No, unfortunately you canot buy an Apple Watch cellular in the United States and use it in India. The Apple Watch cellular is only compatible with North American, Canadian, Mexican and Puerto Rican networks, so it would not be able to connect to Indian cell towers. You could purchase an Apple Watch GPS model in the US and use it in India, but it would not have cellular functionality.

Will an Apple Watch Bought in the USA Work in the UK?

Unfortunately, no. Apple Watches purchased in the US will not work properly in the UK. This is because the cellular part of the watch is designed specifically for use with US cellular networks and not compatible with those used in the UK. If you are planning to use an Apple Watch in the UK, you will need to purchase one that was made specifically for use with UK cellular networks.

Can a US Apple Watch 6 Be Used in Europe?

No, an Apple Watch 6 made for and sold in the US will not work in Europe, as it does not support European cellular networks. In order to use cellular services in Europe with an Apple Watch, you wold need to purchase a model specifically made for Europe.

Are Apple Watches Locked to a Carrier?

No, Apple Watches are not carrier locked. They are not tied to any specific cellular service provider and can be used with any compatible carrier. However, because Apple Watches are regional devices, the features and services avalable may vary depending on the country or region in which you use your device.

Determining if an Apple Watch is Unlocked

To check if your Apple Watch is unlocked, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. Tap All Watches at the top of the screen and then tap the info button next to your Apple Watch. If it says “Locked” underneath it, then it means that Activation Lock is turned on, which means that your watch is locked and can only be used with your iPhone. If it says “Unlocked” underneath it, then you shold be able to use your watch with any compatible iPhone.

Can Apple Watches Be Carrier Locked?

No, Apple Watches cannot be carrier locked. No matter where you buy an Apple Watch, it will not be tied to a specific cellular carrier. Even if you purchase an Apple Watch with cellular capabilities, it will still work with any compatible carrier.


In conclusion, Apple Watch models with cellular are region locked and can only be used with the cellular providers in that specific region. This means that if you purchase an Apple Watch in one region, it will not work with a carrier in another region. Additionally, the Apple Watch warranty is not international, so it is important to purchase your watch in the region where you intend to use it. However, GPS only Apple Watches do work anywhere around the world as long as your iPhone is nearby.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.