Do you need to detach your Apple Watch? If you’ve forgotten your passcode (or if you’ve changed too many settings and want to start over), it’s simple to reset your Apple Watch.
With a few touches, you may delete all material on your iPhone’s Watch app or from the Apple Watch itself. If you wish to pass off or sell the device, you must first unpair it in order to restore factory settings. The following are the steps necessary to reset your Apple Watch.
How to reset your Apple Watch with an iPhone
Reset your Apple Watch without disabling Bluetooth for a clean slate. This will delete all data, media, and settings from your smartphone but will not remove the Activation Lock, which prevents anyone other than you from using it.
- Tap General in the Watch app. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset.
- When prompted, tap Erase Apple Tv Content and Settings and confirm.
Reset your Apple Watch without an iPhone
Remove your Apple Watch from your wrist entirely. Additionally, this will not remove the Activation Lock but will provide you with a clean slate. Following that, you’ll need to pair it with your phone in order to continue the normal use of your device.
- On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app and scroll down to Reset.
- To delete all content and settings, tap Erase All Content and Settings.
- If you have a watch that includes cellular data, you will be prompted to renew your cellular subscription.
- Additionally, you may need to contact your carrier to terminate the service. To confirm, tap Erase All.
Resetting a locked device
If you’ve forgotten your Apple Watch’s passcode, you may still reset it without using your iPhone. Yes, this means that someone else may reset your iPhone without the code, but they would need your Apple ID and password to do it.
- Place your Apple Watch on its charger.
- Press and hold the side button until the Power Off slider appears.
- Press and hold the Digital Crown until a Reset prompt appears, then tap Reset.
How to disconnect your Apple Watch
To unpair and restore your Apple Watch to factory settings, you’ll need access to your iPhone. When you unpair the devices, the contents of your Apple Watch will be deleted and it will be completely removed from your iCloud account.
- Open the Watch app and tap All Watches in the top left corner.
- Tap the info icon (encircled lowercase i) next to the watch you want to unpair.
- Tap Unpair Apple Watch and confirm when prompted.
- If you have a model with cellular data, you’ll be asked if you want to keep your cellular plan. If you remove the plan, you may also need to contact your carrier to cancel the service. Tap to confirm.
How to force restart your Apple Watch
If you’re having difficulties shutting down your device, a gentle reset will force your Apple Watch to restart.
- For approximately ten seconds, hold down the Digital Crown and side button. The screen should dim briefly before restarting with the Apple logo centered on the watch face.
- Use this option only as a last resort if your device becomes unresponsive and refuses to shut down normally.