There are some instances in life when you may need to back up, erase and restore your Apple Watch, this manual will tell you everything you need to know about these processes.
You should always guarantee that your Apple Watch is backed up, this can be done automatically to make sure that all of your data is saved on a regular basis. If you are changing your Apple Watch, selling it, or giving it to a family member then you will want to erase it before you do this. If you are getting a new Apple Watch then you may want to restore the data from your previous watch to your device.
How do I backup an Apple Watch?
Your Apple Watch will automatically back itself up from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, you can also do a manual backup on your device, although this is not something that you should do on a regular basis.
If you want to do a manual backup on your Apple Watch, this can be done from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. This is not the easiest way to backup your watch, Apple could have made it easier, in order to back it up you will need to unpair the watch from your iPhone. When you do this it will automatically back the device up in the process.
It is essential to note that not everything is backed up on your Watch when the watch is backed up. You can find out more details about what is and what is not backed up over at Apple’s website.
How do I erase an Apple Watch?
To erase your Apple Watch, you will first need to unpair it from your iPhone, this will automatically back the watch at the same time. The first thing you need to do is unpair the device.
To unpair your Apple Watch you need to select your device from the menu in the Apple Watch app and select the ‘i’ next to the device’s name. Now click Unpair and it will then ask for your Apple ID Password.
When you put your password in, the Apple Watch will be removed from your account and removed from the Find My app on your iPhone. The device will be then erased and restored to factory settings, you can then choose to set it up as a new Apple Watch.
How do I restore an Apple Watch?
There are times when you will want to restore your Apple Watch, if you have bought a new one and want to set it up like your earlier Apple Watch, or if there has been a problem with your device and you need to restore it fully.
To restore your Apple Watch you can choose the restore option when you are setting up your device, if you are using it with the same iPhone, this will appear in the menu when you are setting it up.
To do this you need to select Begin pairing on your Apple Watch, you can then choose to set it up as a new Apple Watch or to Restore from Backup. Choose the Restore from Backup option and your watch will be restored.