Leave your Apple Watch as new: this is how it can be restored — 2022

Although it happens on rare occasions, the Apple Watch can have a malfunction either because you notice that it is very slow or it does not finish connecting to the iPhone. In these cases, the most recommended thing is to delete all the data from the smart watch to leave it as if we were going to take it out of the box. This process is also recommended when the Apple Watch is going to be sold. Whatever your case, in this post we explain how to unlink your Apple Watch from the iPhone and how to format it.

Aspects that you should take into account before

There are two fundamental aspects that we think you should know before proceeding to unpair your Apple Watch, especially if you are going to carry out this process in order to sell or give away the device. Here we explain everything in detail.

Will you lose your activity data?

You have to know that when you unpair an Apple Watch from the iPhone you will lose all data . If you have an iPhone backup to iCloud, the watch will be backed up as well. What's more, you can later link both devices again and keep the same settings with all the data. Of course, if you do not have this option enabled, you will lose all of it except if it is synchronized directly with the health app.



The case of cards linked to Apple Pay It is especially noteworthy, since yes or yes you will have to configure them later on the clock even if you had a backup. In fact, you should be careful with this, given that some banks usually put a limit on the number of devices on which the card can be added and if you already have the data on other devices and/or have restored it several times, it may not allow you. add it more and you have to contact your bank to solve it.

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What to do if it is going to be sold or given away

On the other hand, if you are preparing the Apple Watch to sell it or give it away, it is convenient that when you finish the restoration you remove it from your list of devices. And it is not so much because the other person will be able to see your data, since it will be impossible for that to be the case when you format it. This has more to do with the fact that the other person would not be able to set up the watch with their data because they would be required to enter your Apple ID.

To remove the Apple Watch from your list of devices you have the following options:

    From iPhone or iPad:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Click on your name (at the top of everything).
    3. Locate the Apple Watch you want to remove and tap on it.
    4. Scroll down and tap Remove from account.
    From Mac:
    1. Go into System Preferences.
    2. Sign in to your Apple ID.
    3. Locate the Watch you want to delete from the list and click on it.
    4. Click on the Remove from account option.
    From Android or Windows:
    1. Enter the web browser.
    2. Access the page www.appleid.apple.com
    3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
    4. Locate the devices section and click on the Apple Watch.
    5. Now click on the option to Delete from the account.

All Ways to Restore Apple Watch

There is no single way to format an Apple Watch, but there are several. Some even depend on the version of the operating system that the clock has, although we recommend update it first of all and more especially if it is going to be sold or given away. The ways to restore it are explained below.

Process to perform from the iPhone

One of the most comfortable ways to format the Apple Watch is from the iPhone through the Clock application with the function 'unbind' It is important to note that this is not simply disconnecting the watch from the iPhone, but what it will actually do is leave it like new to make a new configuration.

To format the Apple Watch using the iPhone, it is important to keep in mind that both devices have to be close. Once they are together we must follow the following steps:

  1. Open the Watch app on the iPhone.
  2. At the bottom click on the My Clock tab and select your watch at the top.
  3. Click on the 'i' that you will find next to the clock that we want to unlink.
  4. Click on the option Unpair Apple Watch.
  5. If you have a watch with LTE it will ask you if you want remove mobile data plan hired. If you are going to link the Apple Watch to your iPhone again, keep it but if what you want is to get rid of it, you will have to delete the plan and contact the operator.
  6. Turn off Activation Lock by entering your Apple ID and enter the lock code on your Apple Watch.

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Once you have followed all these steps, the watch will turn off and start the iPhone outcome along with deleting all data. In a few minutes you will find the first steps on the clock screen to configure the Apple Watch as if it were new.

How to format the Watch from the watch itself

If for whatever reason you can't have your iPhone near your Apple Watch because you've reset your iPhone without first unpairing your watch, you can restore the factory state of your watch without the need for a mobile. You simply have to follow the following steps:

  1. On the Apple Watch you must follow the path Settings> General> Reset and click on the option Delete contents and settings .
  2. If you have an LTE watch, you will have to choose whether to keep or delete the data plan.
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  3. Confirm that we want to carry out this option by clicking on Erase .
  4. Enter your unlock code.

Other alternatives for resetting the clock

if you have one old version of watchOS On your watch, it is possible that the previous methods have not worked for you, so it would be recommended that you follow these steps to reset the Apple Watch to its factory values:

  1. Connect the Apple Watch to the current with its respective charger.
  2. Press and hold the side button as if you were going to turn it off and release it when this option appears.
  3. Instead of swiping to power off, hold your finger down for a few seconds on power off.
  4. Click on Delete all content in the box that appears on the screen.

Turn off Apple Watch to reset it

Another option that you can have and that is compatible with recent versions of watchOS is the next:

  1. Connect the Apple Watch to the power through the charger.
  2. Press the Digital Crown button and the other side button at the same time and wait for the screen to go black to release them.
  3. When the Apple logo appears, press the side button for a few seconds until a box appears on the screen.
  4. Click on Delete all content.