Apple watch being a reliable companion in your day to day life, you’ll have to reset the Apple Watch at some point in your life during your time with it.
It does not matter whether it’s the new Series 7, or an older version Apple Watch, the process detailed below for resetting, erasing data, un-pairing or paring to a new iPhone is much the same for every model lately.
Here’s what we’ll cover in this article for Apple watch:
- How to unpair Apple Watch
- How to erase Apple Watch data
- How to pair Apple Watch
- How to pair Apple Watch if you do have your old iPhone
- How to pair Apple Watch if you don’t have your old iPhone
How to unpair Apple Watch
If you’re facing problems with the Apple Watch, sometimes the only way to get things right is to fully reset the watch.
But you will be surprised to know that there’s no way to factory reset the Apple Watch. Try the steps below and help yourself to un-pair your Watch and erase its data, which is similar to a factory reset.
How to Unpair Apple Watch
Un-pairing the Watch itself is not easy as it seems; you will need a connected iPhone with it.
- On your iPhone, go to the Watch app and open the ‘My Watch’ option.
- Tap the Watch at the top of the screen.
- Tap the ‘I’ icon and press ‘Un-pair Apple Watch’.
- Save your carrier settings so that you can connect to any new iPhone in the future.
Erase data on Apple Watch
You can erase any data on the Apple Watch by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings on the device itself.
Apple Watch pairing
Pairing mode automatically activates on the Apple Watch when any new/unrecognized device is detected around your iPhone.
You can also follow the below mentioned steps for your convenience.
How to pair the Apple Watch
When you turn on your Apple Watch, make sure Bluetooth is active on your iPhone and both the devices are in range, and you’ll be asked by the device to point the iPhone camera over the watch screen. From here, the setup process has started with below steps following:
- Option is given to select either a new Apple Watch or restore from a previous backup.
- Keep your Apple ID handy to sign in.
- Choose your settings. The Apple Watch is smart enough to copy all the preferred settings of the iPhone, from Find my iPhone, Location Services to Wi-Fi Calling and Siri.
- You can choose to set or ignore setting a passcode.
- Install cellular apps (if applicable).
- Now the Apple Watch and iPhone will sync and the process of pairing is complete.
How to pair Apple Watch to a new iPhone
To pair your watch to the new iPhone, keep your Apple ID handy, so that both devices connect seamlessly to the same Wi-Fi network and both should be 50% charged.
One thing to keep in mind is that the steps do change when you still have access to your old device.
If you possess your old iPhone and want to pair the Apple Watch:
- Updating your old iPhone and the Apple Watch to the latest software is a must.
- Backup your data from the old iPhone and head to the My Watch tab in the iPhone’s Watch application to un-pair your previously connected device.
- Start setting up your new iPhone.
- Now open the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone and follow the steps mentioned above.
- To sync your Health data across to the Apple Watch, it’ll have to be enabled from Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Health.
In case you want to pair the Apple Watch to a new iPhone:
- Remove all data from the Apple Watch, as mentioned above.
- Switch on your iPhone and sign in to iCloud, now in the Watch app, pair your device with the new iPhone.
- Restore from backup, after updating the operating software on both devices.
- Follow the setup steps and finish setting up the Apple Watch on the new iPhone. Apple tells that you might have to wait a few days for all your iCloud data to monitor.
For this, you can choose ‘Pair Manually’. This is possible because of Bluetooth pairing mode, and the iPhone will look Bluetooth ID. You can then pair with the Apple Watch.
Pairing an older Apple Watch to iOS 15
Over the time people have reported some issues pairing older Apple Watch models to latest iOS 15. And root of the problem turned out to be from updating to watch operating software 8.1 during the install process.
First, make sure the Apple Watch and the iPhone are on the same Apple ID.
Next, try to reset your Apple Watch. Hold the side button and crown together for 10 seconds. When the Apple logo appears on the screen, hold the side button only for 20 seconds. Now erase all settings and try again.