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How To Lock an Apple Watch

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Do you want to keep your Apple Watch locked on certain occasions but don’t know how to do this? Maybe, we can help you do this task conveniently.

Quick Answer

To lock the Apple Watch, long press the bottom of the screen and swipe up to launch the Control Center. Then, tap the lock icon. To lock the screen when using the Workout app, swipe right and tap “Lock”. You can also lock your Apple Watch by enabling the wrist detection feature while not wearing it.

We took the time to write a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to lock the Apple Watch. We will also explore the process for setting up a passcode on your Apple Watch.

Locking an Apple Watch

If you don’t know how to lock your Apple Watch, our following step-by-step methods will help you go through this process quickly.

Method #1: Locking an Apple Watch Manually

Follow these steps if you want to lock your Apple Watch manually to protect your data.

Important

To lock the Apple Watch manually, you need to disable the Wrist Detection feature by following the below steps.

  1. Long press the bottom of the screen and swipe up to launch the Control Center.
  2. Tap the lock icon.
  3. To lock the screen when using the Workout app, swipe right and tap “Lock”.
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All Done!

Now, your Apple Watch is locked. To unlock it again, you need to re-enter the passcode.

Method #2: Enabling the Wrist Detection Feature

If you want to lock your Apple Watch automatically when you’re not wearing it, follow these steps to turn on the Wrist Detection feature.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and swipe to access all apps.
  2. Launch the Watch app.
  3. Tap “Passcode”.
  4. Tap the toggle next to “Wrist Detection” to turn on the feature.
Keep in Mind

Turning off Wrist Detection on your Apple Watch will disable many other features like heart rate trackingactivity measurements, notifications, emergency call, etc.

Method #3: Turning On the Water Lock

These steps allow you to turn on Water Lock on your Apple Watch before any water-based activity.

  1. Turn on your Apple Watch.
  2. Long press the bottom of the screen and swipe up to launch the Control Center.
  3. Tap the water droplet icon to enable the feature.
  4. You have turned on Water Lock on your Apple Watch.
Quick Tip

To turn off the Water Lock later, rotate the Digital Crown. You will hear a sound which means your Apple Watch is ejecting water from the speakers. “Unlocked” appears on the screen, and now your device is ready to use.

How To Set a Passcode on Apple Watch

If you want to lock your Apple Watch, follow these steps to set a passcode on your device using your iPhone.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and swipe up on the screen to access all apps.
  2. Launch the Watch app.
  3. Tap “My Watch”.
  4. Tap “Passcode”.
  5. Tap “Turn Passcode On” and enter the desired passcode.

You can also enable the passcode directly on Apple Watch by doing these steps.

  1. Turn on your Apple Watch.
  2. Press the Digital Crown to access all the apps.
  3. Launch Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap “Passcode”.
  5. Turn on “Simple Passcode”.
Keep in Mind

If you enable a passcode from Apple Watch, you can use a 4-digit password. But you can select a longer passcode while doing this on your iPhone. 

How To Change the Apple Watch Passcode

These steps allow you to change the Apple Watch passcode at any time from your device’s Settings.

  1. Turn on your Apple Watch and press the Digital Crown to access all the apps.
  2. Launch Settings.
  3. Rotate the Digital Crown or scroll with your finger and tap “Passcode”.
  4. Tap “Change Passcode”.
  5. In the “Enter Current Passcode” screen, type your new passcode.
  6. Type the passcode again for confirmation.
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Quick Tip

You can also change the passcode from your iPhone via the Watch app.

How To Turn Off the Apple Watch Passcode

If you no longer need a passcode to lock your Apple Watch, follow these steps to turn it off.

  1. Turn on your Apple Watch and press the Digital Crown button to access all apps.
  2. Launch Settings.
  3. Tap “Passcode”.
  4. Tap “Turn Passcode Off”.

Instead of using your Apple Watch, you can also use your iPhone to turn off the passcode by doing these steps.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and swipe up on the screen to access all apps.
  2. Launch the Watch app.
  3. Tap the “My Watch” tab.
  4. Tap “Passcode”.
  5. Tap “Turn Passcode Off”.
  6. Tap “Turn off Passcode Lock”.

Summary

In this guide, we’ve discussed how to lock your Apple watch manually by various methods. We’ve also discussed setting the passcode on your Apple Watch or iPhone before you can lock your gadget. 

Moreover, we’ve shared a method to turn off the passcode on your Apple Watch or iOS device. 

Hopefully, you can now quickly lock your Apple Watch before carrying any activity that might cause damage to it.  

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