How to factory reset apple watch (Explained)

How to factory reset apple watch (Explained)

Here is How your factory reset your apple watch easy step by step. Follow along to learn how to factory reset your Apple Watch, whether you’re having problems or are prepared to sell or give away your current watch.

We’ll look at how to accomplish this even if you’ve forgotten your Apple Watch passcode with and without an iPhone.

If you want to restore your data on the same or a new watch, make sure to back up your Apple Watch before performing a factory reset.

An automatic Apple Watch backup is made if you back up your iPhone using iCloud or a Mac. Remember that for all data to be saved for Apple Watch, iPhone backups on Mac must be encrypted.

A new backup will be created when you unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone using the first of the options listed below.

One more crucial detail: the Activation Lock (if enabled) can only be removed by unpairing the Apple Watch from the iPhone for someone else to use the wearable after it has been reset.

How to perform an Apple Watch factory reset


Reset Apple Watch using the hardware key

Using the hardware key to reset the watch is very simple; press and hold the button next to the watch face.

How to factory reset apple watch (Explained)

At this point, the display screen will appear with a few options, including device shortcuts; click on Power off, then the Apple icon will appear on the net. Your Apple Watch has been successfully reset.

Reset Apple Watch using the settings on your device.

Reset your Apple Watch by following these instructions from the settings menu:

Selecting Settings > General > Reset, you can delete all Content and Settings. After you confirm, all the data on the device will be automatically deleted.

Remember to backup your data before resetting your Apple Watch to avoid data loss.

Apple Watch reset via iPhone (recommended)

Unpairing your Apple Watch from your iPhone is the best way to perform a factory reset. This will make a backup, delete your watch, disable Activation Lock, and disconnect your iPhone from the device.

1. If you have any transit cards saved on your Apple Watch, Apple advises that you first remove them (Watch app on iPhone > Wallet & Apple Pay > Transit Cards).

2. Keep your watch and iPhone close together and open the Watch app on your phone.

3. Tap All Watches in the top left corner after selecting the My Watch tab at the bottom.

4. Tap the watch you want to unpair’s circled “i.”

5. Select Apple Watch, then select Unpair once more.

6. Choose whether to keep or remove your cellular plan (if you want to cancel the program, you’ll need to call your carrier).

7. If prompted, enter your Apple ID password (this step removes Activation Lock if it was enabled)

8. You’ll see the message “Start Pairing” when the unpairing is finished.

How to factory reset apple watch (Explained)
How to factory reset apple watch (Explained)

Direct factory reset of an Apple Watch

If your iPhone isn’t nearby, you can erase Apple Watch directly on the wearable, but Activation Lock won’t be removed.

To remove the Apple Watch Activation Lock, remember that it won’t be able to perform a fresh backup and that you should go to the Watch app on your iPhone and unpair it using the method described above as soon as you can.

1. Launch the Apple Watch’s Settings application.

2. Choose General.

3. Click Reset near the bottom of the page.

4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

5. When prompted, enter your passcode if you’re using one.

6. If you have a cellular watch, swipe down and tap Erase All or Erase All & Keep plan.

Can’t remember the passcode for your Apple Watch?

If you have your iPhone but can’t remember your Apple Watch passcode:

1. Place your Watch close to the iPhone you’ve paired it with, then launch the iOS Watch app.

2. Scroll down and select General.

3. Scroll down and select Reset. 

4. Choose Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings from the menu.

5. Confirm by tapping Erase All Content and Settings twice.

6. You must decide whether to keep or cancel your plan if you have a cellular Apple Watch (still a good idea to double-check with your carrier that it was successfully canceled)

You can also reset your Apple Watch manually if you forget your passcode. Take these actions:

1. Plug in your Apple Watch charger.

2. Hold the side button while waiting for the Power Off screen to appear.

3. Hold the Digital Crown while looking for the “Erase” option.

4. Select Delete all content and settings.

5. Confirm by tapping Reset twice.


Using the Apple Watch in a pair

After turning on your Apple Watch, you’ll be required to hold your iPhone camera over the animation changing on the watch face, so make sure Bluetooth is turned on on the iPhone, and the two are close to one another. The setup procedure then starts as follows:

1. Select whether to restore from a backup or set up as a new Apple Watch.

2. Use your Apple ID to log in.

3. Select your preferences. The settings on your iPhone, including Find My iPhone, Location Services, Wi-Fi Calling, Diagnostics, and Siri, will be mirrored on your Apple Watch.

4. Construct a passcode or forego doing so.

5. Configure apps and cellular (if available).

How to link an Apple Watch to a new iPhone

It’s relatively easy to pair an Apple Watch with a new iPhone, whether you’ve just upgraded or lost your old phone.

Make sure your Apple ID is available once more, that both devices can connect to the same Wi-Fi network, that both are at least 50% charged, and that you remember any Apple Watch passcodes assigned to them before accomplishing this.

Essential to keep in mind is that the procedures change depending on whether you still have access to your old device or not.

If you still want to pair your old iPhone with your Apple Watch:

1. Install the most recent software on your outdated iPhone and Apple Watch.

2. Back up your old iPhone, open the Watch app on your iPhone and navigate to the My Watch tab to unpair your chosen device.

3. Start configuring the new iPhone.

4. Follow the above-described pairing instructions after opening the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone. If you’re picking up a new iPhone, you’ll probably want to restore it from a backup.

5. Your Health data must be enabled in Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Health to sync with the Apple Watch.

Final Thoughts

Here are quick methods for resetting an Apple Watch. I wish you luck implementing and resolving the issue with your apple watch. Please leave a remark if you need help or have any questions.

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