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How to unpair an Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 7 being worn on a wrist

You may need to unpair your Apple watch from your devices for several reasons. It could be that you want to stop using the Apple Watch or that you bought a newer Apple Watch model.

Whatever your reason, this article will show you how to unpair an Apple Watch from your device. Here are the steps to unpair the watch from your phone.

Heads up: if you unpair your Apple Watch, it will restore it to factory settings.

Also, If you use the Apple Wallet app with the transit card, remove your transit card from your Apple Watch before unpairing it. This will transfer your remaining balance to another Apple Watch or iPhone that your Apple ID is signed in to.

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How to unpair an Apple Watch from an iPhone

  • Bring your Apple Watch and iPhone close to each other before you unpair them.
  • Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
Apple Watch app icon
  • Tap on the My Watch tab
Tap on My Watch Tab.    Base image source: Apple.com   Arrow by me
  • Tap on All Watches. This will bring up a list of all the watches that are paired to the Watch app on your iPhone watch app.
  • Tap on the info button beside your Apple watch name.
  • Tap Unpair Apple Watch.
  • If you use a GPS or a cellular watch, you will be asked if you want to remove or keep your cellular plan. Keep your cellular plan if you want to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again. Remove your plan if you don’t plan to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again. This will prevent you from incurring recurrent charges.
  • You will be asked to confirm if you want to unpair the Apple watch. Tap on the screen to confirm. If you have an activation lock, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID password to disable the activation lock.

Now your Apple Watch has been successfully unpaired from your iPhone. A start pairing message will pop up on the screen should you want to pair the Apple Watch back to the phone.

How to unpair Apple Watch without iPhone

You can unpair an apple watch without an iPhone close to you. Follow these steps to do so.

Unpairing Apple Watch without iPhone or passcode

If you don’t have your iPhone or Apple Watch passcode, take the following steps to unpair the watch.

  • Place your Apple Watch on a charger.
  • Long press and hold down the side button of the watch. The Apple Watch should show the POWER OFF tab.
Image source: Apple
Apple Watch. Image source: Apple
  • Tap the POWER OFF tab for more than one second. A new tab stating “Erase all content and settings” and “Cancel” will show on your apple watch screen.
"Erase all content and settings" along with "cancel"
Apple Watch. Image source: Apple
  • Select erase all content and settings. This erases all watch data, media, content, and settings. It also unpairs it. But it doesn’t remove the activation lock. You need to use an iPhone or a computer to remove the activation lock.

Unpairing Apple Watch with a passcode but no iPhone watch app

If you have your passcode, unpairing your apple watch without your iPhone is much faster. Here are the steps to do so:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Tap on Reset. You will be asked to enter your passcode. Enter it, and your Apple Watch will be unpaired from your iPhone.

How to unpair Apple watch from a computer

You can unpair your apple watch on a computer. Like the method described earlier, this method doesn’t require having your iPhone with you. Here are the steps to follow to do so:

  • Visit icloud.com on a computer browser
  • Sign in to your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password.
Sign in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID and password.
  • Click on Account Settings
Click on Account Settings
  • Scroll down to My Devices
Scroll down to My Devices
  • Select your Apple Watch from the list of devices. Remove the Apple Watch from your list of devices, and it automatically becomes unpaired.

FAQs

How do I completely unpair my Apple Watch?

Use the Apple Watch app to unpair your Apple Watch by following the above steps in this article.

Does unpairing erase Apple Watch?

Yes, the Apple Watch unpairing process erases your Apple Watch data. It removes your Apple Pay cards and deletes all active Bluetooth accessory pairings. But the watch might have saved a backup of all the data on it to your iPhone.

Why won’t my new Apple Watch pair to my new phone?

Ensure that the Bluetooth and wireless of both devices are enabled. Bring them near each other. You can also restart your new iPhone and your Apple Watch.

Should I unpair my old Apple Watch before pairing a new one?

Yes, you should unpair your old Apple Watch from your iPhone. But if you want to keep using the old device and the new Apple Watch, you can leave both Apple Watches paired.

How do I pair my Apple Watch to a new phone?

First, you need to erase your Apple Watch data, then launch the Apple Watch app on the new iPhone after setting it up. Use the app to pair the new iPhone to the Apple Watch. You can also restore data from an old iPhone during the pairing process.

Where is the “i” icon on Apple watch?

The “i” icon on Apple Watch shows up when you want to pair the watch to a new iPhone.

How do I unpair my Apple Watch without my iPhone?

You can do this by removing your Apple Watch from your list of devices on iCloud.com. You can also do a manual reset of your Apple Watch. These two methods will unpair the Apple Watch, but the iCloud method has the added advantage of removing the activation lock from the Apple Watch.

How do I transfer my Apple Watch to another user?

Unpair the watch from your iPhone and remove activation lock from the device.

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