Unpairing Apple and iPhone is another way to factory reset your Apple Watch. So, you must remember that when you disconnect your iPhone and Apple Watch, this will erase all the data from the Watch. You can also factory reset Apple Watch separately when you don’t have iPhone. Unpairing is not necessary, and we will talk about that later. First, let’s see how to unpair Apple Watch and iPhone.
Unpair Apple Watch and iPhone
- If unpairing is the reason, you just want to factory reset the Apple Watch then skip this section.
- When your iPhone and Apple Watch both are near together.
- From your iPhone, run the Apple Watch app.
- In the App, tap the “My Watch” icon and then select your watch.
- Now, tap the (i) info icon on the right side of your watch that you want to unpair.
- On the next screen tap “Unpair Apple Watch.” For GPS + Cellular capable Series 3 Apple watch you can choose to save to delete the cellular plan. If you want to pair it again then save the plan otherwise remove it. Also, contact your carrier If you wish to cancel the cellular subscription.
- Tap to confirm that you want to unpair the device, and you have to enter the Apple ID and password to start the unpairing process.
You will notice a processing icon appear on both devices because iPhone creates a new backup of your Apple Watch before deleting all the content. This backup can be used to restore on your new Apple Watch. Disconnecting and the unpairing process will take some time so be patient.
Erase Apple Watch without iPhone
In case If you don’t have your iPhone, the watch was paired with. You can still factory reset Apple Watch and erase everything including content and settings.
- To factory reset your watch go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
- Read the step-6 above If this is Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular). Confirm to erase and reset the watch to factory settings.