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How to remove Activation Lock from your Apple Watch
If you own an Apple Watch and you want to sell it or give it away, you need to remove Activation Lock from it. Activation Lock is a security measure that Apple introduced to prevent anyone from using your Apple Watch if it’s been lost or stolen. In this article, we’ll show you how to remove Activation Lock from your Apple Watch.
Deactivate your Apple ID
If you can’t turn off Activation Lock with apple id and password, you might need to sign out of iCloud, turn off Find My, then sign back in.
-On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app.
-Tap [your name], then tap iCloud. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud.
-Tap to turn off Find My iPhone. If asked, enter your password again. Then tap Turn Off.
Erase your Apple Watch
Before you can sell or give away your Apple Watch, you need to unpair it from your iPhone. If you have an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you can also turn off activation lock so that someone else can use the watch.
If you turned on Find My [device] before you lost your Apple Watch, you can use Find My to get it back. Otherwise, you’ll need to erase your watch before you can pair it with another iPhone:
Restore your Apple Watch from a backup
If you can’t wait for the activation lock to be removed, you can try to restore your Apple Watch from a backup. This will only work if you have a backup of your Watch that was created before it was locked. To restore your Watch from a backup:
-Connect your Watch to its charger.
-Press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo.
-Wait for your Watch to restart, then open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
-Tap Restore from Backup, then choose a backup.
How to prevent Activation Lock on your Apple Watch
If you have an Apple Watch, you may have noticed the “Activation Lock” message when you try to set it up. This is because Apple requires you to have an iPhone with an active iCloud account in order to use the Watch. However, there are a few ways to get around this. Let’s take a look.
Use Find My iPhone
One of the main features of Apple Watch is Activation Lock, which makes it impossible for someone to use apple watch without your passcode. If you have a passcode set on your iPhone, it will automatically be transferred to your Apple Watch. If you don’t have a passcode set on your iPhone, you will be prompted to set one when you pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone.
You can also turn on Activation Lock from the Watch app on your iPhone.
Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
Tap the My Watch tab.
Tap General > Passcode.
Tap Turn Passcode On.
Enter a six-digit passcode, then enter it again to confirm.
Use Apple Watch passcode
If you have an Apple Watch with watchOS 6 or later, you use apple watch passcode to prevent others from using your Apple Watch. If you enter your passcode incorrectly too many times, your Apple Watch will be locked. You can unlock it using your iPhone:
1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Passcode.
3. Tap Turn Passcode On. If you’re asked to enter your device passcode, do so.
4. Enter a passcode, then enter it again to verify it.
You can also set up a passcode when you set up your new Apple Watch or when you turn on power reserve on your existing Apple Watch.
Use two-factor authentication
Activation Lock is a security feature on your Apple Watch that’s designed to prevent anyone else from using your device if it’s ever lost or stolen. When you enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, your Watch will be automatically protected as well. This means that if your Watch is ever lost or stolen, it can’t be used by anyone else unless they have both your password and access to one of your trusted devices.