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Apple watch different number than phone
ninjaspywizard

I would like to buy my 13 year old an apple watch to use as a phone. He does not have a phone though so i was wondering if I could set the apple watch up with my phone on my Verizon account, but set it up with a different phone number.

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Re: Apple watch different number than phone
mama23dogs
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ninjaspywizard

you are asking if the watch can be used as a stand alone device.  It was not designed so, the answer is no.

https://www.imore.com/apple-watch-3-faq

Apple has no interest in eliminating its phone from the equation.  

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deloused
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Yes, the watch would have its own phone number, but it would also share all of the alerts, calls and messages with your phone if you linked it to that

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ninjaspywizard

So the Apple Watch would get all the phone notifications, and the calls and messages, but it could also have a different phone number that also receives separate messages?

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Re: Apple watch different number than phone
deloused
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Yes

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Re: Apple watch different number than phone
ninjaspywizard

What if I set it up with a phone and then deactivate the phone? Could I then just use that phone to control all the settings for the Apple Watch and use a different phone?

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deloused
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If the iPhone linked to the Apple watch is deactivated/suspended the Watch would cease to connect independently to the wireless network,   it could still show the current time, or use apps not requiring a connection such as games but calls/messages/updates would not work

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ninjaspywizard

Hmm, okay that makes sense

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vzw_customer_support
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The Apple watch is  great device and we do want to make sure that you have all the details, ninjaspywizard.  The Apple watch uses NumberShare to link your iPhone with the watch for calls and texts.  The watch will technically have it’s own line and number, but will not be able  to receive text messages on that line.  It can only receive messages from the main NumberShare line.  Here is a link with some FAQs regarding how this works: https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/numbershare-faqs/.

 

 

 

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Re: Apple watch different number than phone
ninjaspywizard

Is there a way to opt out of numbershare so it could receive separate messages?

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vzw_customer_support
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That is a great question Ninjaspywizard. I want to provide the steps for you to turn off the NumberShare option on your device. Please click the following link to complete: https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/knowledge-base-213055/ . Does this provide clarity? 

 

 

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