Reset Apple Watch

If your Watch is stuck on “Too Many Passcode Attempts, Reset Apple Watch”, you may need to reset it to clear the Passcode. You can either use your paired iPhone or reset directly on the watch. We recommend the former.

Reset Apple Watch using your iPhone

We’ll show you how to use your iPhone to reset your Apple Watch. This method also unpairs your devices, creates a backup of your Apple Watch, and removes Activation Lock.

  1. First off, you need to bring your Apple Watch and iPhone close together. Then, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap All Watches at the top left of the screen.
  2. Next, tap the Info button next to the watch you want to unpair and erase and tap Unpair Apple Watch. If you have a GPS + Cellular model, you’ll be asked if you want to keep or remove your plan.
  3. Tap Unpair again to confirm.
  4. If prompted, enter your Apple ID password and tap Unpair. This may take a little while.

Your iPhone creates a new backup of your watch before erasing it. When erasing a family member’s watch that is paired with your iPhone, their watch will back up to iCloud instead.

Reset directly on Apple Watch

If you don’t have your iPhone, you can erase all of the content and settings of your Apple Watch directly on the watch.

This option restores your watch to factory settings but doesn’t create a backup or remove Activation Lock. Therefore, we recommend using your iPhone to reset your Watch.

  1. To reset, open Settings on your Apple Watch, and tap General. Scroll down and tap Reset. Then tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  2. If prompted, enter your passcode. If you have a GPS + Cellular model, you’ll be asked if you want to keep or remove your plan.
  3. Tap Erase All to confirm and restore your Apple Watch to factory settings.

Once this process is complete, you’ve reset your Apple Watch. Now you can pair it again with your iPhone.

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