There are times when you may need to backup, erase and restore your Apple Watch, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the three processes.
You should always make sure your Apple Watch is backed up, and this can be done automatically to make sure all your data is backed up on a regular basis. If you’re changing your Apple Watch, selling it, or giving it away to a family member, you’ll need to erase it before doing so. If you are getting a new Apple Watch, you may want to restore data from your previous watch to your device.
How do I back up my Apple Watch?
Your Apple Watch will automatically back up itself from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and you can also back up manually on your device, though this isn’t something you should do on a regular basis.
If you want to manually back up on your Apple Watch, it can be done from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. This is not the easiest way to backup your device, Apple may make it simpler, and to make a backup you will need to unpair the device with your iPhone. When you do that, it will automatically put the device back into operation, you can see the instructions below on how to do that.
It’s important to note that not everything is backed up on your watch when you back up your watch. Credit or debit cards used with Apple Pay on your watch aren’t backed up, nor are your device passcodes backed up and you’ll need to set up a new one when you set up the device. You can find out more details about what is and is not backed up on the Apple website.
How do I erase my Apple Watch?
To erase your Apple Watch, you will first need to unpair it from your iPhone, and this will automatically restart the device at the same time. The first thing you need to do is unpair the device.
To unpair your Apple Watch, you need to select your device from the list in the Apple Watch app and select a file ‘I’ next to the device name. Now click Unpaired It will then ask for your Apple ID password.
When you enter your password, your Apple Watch will be removed from your account and removed from the Find My app on your iPhone. The device will then be erased and restored to factory settings, and you can then choose to set it up as a new Apple Watch.
How do I restore my Apple Watch?
There are times when you want to restore your Apple Watch, if you have bought a new one and want to set it up like your previous Apple Watch, or if there is a problem with your device and you need to restore it completely.
To restore your Apple Watch, you can choose the restore option when you set up your device, if you use it with the same iPhone, this will appear in the list when you set it up.
To do this, you need to select Start pairing on your Apple Watch, then you can choose to set up as a new Apple Watch or Restore from backup. Select the Restore from backup option and your device will be restored.
We hope you find this guide on how to backup erase and restore your Apple Watch useful, if you have any questions or tips please leave a comment below and let us know. This guide was written using the latest watchOS version, watchOS 9.4 and iOS 16.4.1.
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