How to unpair an Apple Watch from iPhone

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The Apple Watch is now the most desired smartwatch out there. The Cupertino company is selling millions of smartwatches per quarter, thereby helping Apple claim more than 80 percent market share. One of the best things when it comes to Apple’s wearable device lies in its ability to work perfectly with Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Pairing your Apple Watch with an iPhone allows you to check your messages, notifications and listen to music, without the need to reach your iPhone. However, if you want to use your Apple Watch with a new iPhone, it’s a good idea to unpair it from your old device.

In this guide, we will go through the steps to unpair your Apple Watch from iPhone. Before we begin, make sure you now have modern versions of watchOS and iOS on both devices.

How to unpair your Apple Watch from iPhone

  1. How to unpair an Apple Watch from iPhone using the Watch app

iOS includes a handy Apple Watch app that allows users to control their paired smartwatch on iPhone and iPad. You can use the app to remove your paired Watch from iPhone. Here is how.

Step one: First off, you need to launch the Watch app on your iPhone and then hit active watch  located at the top of the screen

Step two: Next up, hit the info button to the right of your watch and then make sure you select Unpair Apple Watch

Step three: Press Unpair (your watch’s name). You will then be asked to enter your Apple password to turn off Activation Lock. Once you are done, hit Unpair to complete the task.

Your Apple Watch will begin backing up your data to your paired iPhone. Once done, it will remove all Bluetooth pairings and any Apple Pay cards you have already set up on Apple Watch. Finally, your Watch will be restored to its default settings.

  1. How to unpair an Apple Watch from iPhone on the smartwatch

If you don’t want to use the Watch app to unpair your Watch from iPhone, you can use the Watch itself. However, keep in mind that unpairing directly from the smartwatch doesn’t back up your watch’s latest data to your iPhone. Besides, this way doesn’t not turn off Activation Lock, so you need to do it manually.

Step one: Launch the Settings app from your Watch, scroll down a little bit and hit General

Step two: Next up, hit Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings (you will be asked to enter the passcode)

Step three: Hit Confirm to complete the task.

Step four: Once you are done, head to and turn off Activation Lock.

Also read: Apple Watch Series 3: What we know so far

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