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Back up your data
If you’re selling or giving away apple watch you’ll want to disable Activation Lock, erase all content and settings, and remove it from your iCloud account. If you have an Apple Watch with cellular, you’ll also need to contact your carrier to cancel service. You can’t factory reset your Apple Watch without first unpairing it from your iPhone.
Open the watch app on your iPhone
Factory resetting your Apple Watch is a last resort option for when you’re experiencing serious software problems and none of the other troubleshooting tips have worked. A factory reset will erase all of the data on your Apple Watch, including any apps you’ve installed, any messages you’ve sent or received, and any contacts or calendars you’ve added.
Before you begin, it’s important to back up your data so you don’t lose anything during the reset process. You can use iCloud to back up your Apple Watch data, or you can back up manually using iTunes.
Once you’ve backed up your data, follow the steps below to factory reset your Apple Watch.
Tap the My Watch tab
To get started, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. Next, tap General > Reset. You’ll see three reset options at the bottom of the screen: Reset All Settings, Erase All Content and Settings, and Restore from a Backup. Unless you’re restoring your Apple Watch from an old backup or selling it, you’ll want to choose Reset All Settings.
Tap General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings
Erasing all content and settings from your Apple Watch returns it to the state it was in when you first took it out of the box. After you erase your watch, you need to pair it with your iPhone again. Here’s how:
1. Press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off slider.
2. Drag the slider to turn off your watch.
3. Press and hold the side button again until you see the Apple logo.
4. When asked if you want to restore from a backup or set up as new, choose Set Up as New.
Erase your data
If you want to sell your Apple Watch, or you’re having performance issues, you may want to factory reset your device. This will erase all of your personal data, including your apps, your settings, and your saved data. You can factory reset your Apple Watch by going to the settings app on your iPhone, and then tapping “General.” Scroll down to the bottom and tap “Reset.”
With your Apple Watch on its charger, press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo
If you want to sell or give away your Apple Watch, or you have a problem that requires you start over, you can erase all of the content and settings on your device. This will delete your apps and data, and it will restore your Apple Watch to its factory settings.
Before you erase your Apple Watch, you need to unpair it from your iPhone. If you don’t, your iPhone will continue receiving notifications and messages from your watch.
1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab.
2. Tap All Watches, then tap the info button next to the watch that you want to unpair.
3. Tap Unpair Apple Watch.
4. For GPS + Cellular models, choose to keep or remove your cellular plan. If you decide to keep it, contact your carrier to set up service on your new iPhone.
5. Tap Unpair [device]. If asked for a passcode, enter it and tap Erase All Content and Settings at the bottom of the screen; if not asked for a passcode, just tap Erase All Content and Settings at the bottom of the screen.
6. Enter apple id password (if prompted) and tap Erase [device] to confirm erasure all content list settings related app data stored on this [device].
Restore your data
There are a few reasons might want to factory reset your Apple Watch. Maybe you’re selling it, or maybe you’re just having too many problems with it and you want to start from scratch. Whatever the reason, it’s not hard to do. We’ll show you how in this article.
When you set up your Apple Watch again, you have the option to restore your data from a backup
You can factory reset your Apple Watch to its default settings, which can be helpful if you’re experiencing software issues or you want to wipe it before selling it. When you set up your Apple Watch again, you have the option to restore your data from a backup.
A factory reset will erase all of the data from your Apple Watch, including any apps, contacts, music, and photos. All of your settings will also be reset to their defaults.