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How To Unpair Your Apple Watch

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Do you want to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone but don’t know how to do this? Thankfully, going through this process is not that complicated.

Quick Answer

To unpair the Apple Watch, unlock your iPhone and launch the Watch app. Next, head to the “All Watches” tab and tap the info icon. Then, tap “Unpair Apple Watch”. Lastly, enter your Apple ID password and tap “Unpair”.

We took the time to write a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to unpair Apple Watch. We will also explore the process for pairing Apple Watch with a new iPhone.

Unpairing an Apple Watch

If you don’t know how to unpair an Apple Watch, our following 2 step-by-step methods will help you do this task easily.

Method #1: Via the Watch App 

You can unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone by doing these steps.

Keep in Mind

When you unpair the Apple Watch, all the data is erased from your device. So, before unpairing, it automatically creates a backup for you to restore afterward.

  1. Unlock your iPhone and swipe up to access all the apps.
  2. Launch the Watch app.
  3. Tap “All Watches”.
  4. Tap the info icon next to your Apple Watch.
  5. Tap “Unpair Apple Watch”. If you are using a cellular model of the Apple Watch, you will be asked to either keep or remove the mobile data plan while unpairing. If you no longer want to keep your data plan, tap “Remove it”; otherwise, tap “Keep Plan”.
  6. To remove the Activation Lock, type in your Apple credentials. 
  7. Tap “Unpair” to confirm the process.
All Done!

Your Apple Watch will take a few minutes to unpair and restore factory settings. After that, your device is ready to pair again.

Method #2: Via the Device Settings 

If you don’t want to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone, you can do it directly through your device’s settings.

  1. Turn on your Apple Watch and press the Digital Crown to access all the apps. 
  2. Launch the Settings app.
  3. Tap “General” on your Apple Watch.
  4. Tap “Reset”.
  5. Tap “Erase all content & settings”.
  6. Enter your passcode.
  7. Tap “Erase All”.
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That’s It!

Now, all your data is erased, Apple Watch is unpaired from your device, and it resets to factory settings.

Quick Note

If you use the method mentioned above for unpairing, the Activation Lock on your Apple Watch is not disabled. Thus, if you sell your device, the new user will be unable to use it until the lock is removed.

Unpairing an Apple Watch Without a Passcode

If you have forgotten the passcode of your Apple Watch, follow these steps to unpair it from your device.

  1. Connect a charger to your Apple Watch and plug it into a power outlet.
  2. Long press the side button of the Apple Watch until you see the “Power Off” screen.
  3. Long-press the Digital Crown and navigate to the “Erase all content & settings” option for the factory reset process.
  4. Tap “Reset”.
All Set!

Now, your Apple Watch has been unpaired from your device.

Pairing an Apple Watch With a New iPhone

After unpairing your Apple Watch, follow these steps if you want to pair it with your new iPhone.

Step #1: Reset the Apple Watch

Before pairing your Apple Watch with your new iPhone, you must reset your device to factory settings. To do this, press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to access all the apps. 

Go to Settings > “General” > “Reset” > “Erase all content and settings” > “Erase All”. Wait for your Apple Watch to reset and let it boot up.

Step #2: Pair the Apple Watch 

After your Apple Watch boots up, a “Bring iPhone near Apple Watch” message will be displayed on the screen. Bring the two devices closer, and a pairing message will immediately appear on your iPhone screen. 

Step #3: Finish the Settings

In the last step, you must follow the on-screen instructions to pair your Apple Watch with the new iPhone. To do this, tap “Continue” on your iPhone. Tap “Pair New Watch”. Tap “Set Up for Myself”. Now, put your Apple Watch in the frame to scan it and tap “Restore From Backup”.

Quick Tip

If you don’t want to restore your Apple Watch from the backup data, you can also set it as a new device.

Tap “Continue” and agree with the Terms and Conditions. In the “Shared Settings” screen, tap “OK”. Next, you can either add a new passcode or tap “Don’t Add Passcode”. Tap “Continue”. Wait for your Apple Watch to begin synchronization and boot up.

All Done!

Now, press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch, and it’s ready to use.


In this guide, we’ve discussed how to unpair Apple Watch with or without a passcode. We’ve also discussed a complete method for pairing your Apple Watch with a new iPhone.

Hopefully, the information provided in this article has helped you unpair your Apple Watch and setup it up with another device.

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