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How to Unpair Apple Watch? (2023)

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The Apple Watch has proven to be a great gadget. But like all tech things, now and then, it needs to be wiped and restored to factory settings.

So if you got a new Apple Watch and want to sell your old one, if you want to pair your watch with a new phone (in case you’ve lost the previous one or gotten a new one), or if you have some issues with your smartwatch and want to fix them, you first need to know how to unpair Apple Watch from your iPhone.

Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to unpair Apple Watch. So for those who are experiencing issues regarding this process, make sure you check them out.

How to Unpair Apple Watch Step-by-Step

To unpair your Apple Watch, you first need to place your iPhone and Apple Watch close to each other. Once you’ve done that, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch app and go to the My Watch tab. 

Step 2: Click the option for All Watches at the top of the My Watch screen.

Step 3: Tap the info button on the right-hand side.

Step 4: Once you open the info section, tap Unpair Apple Watch highlighted in red.

Step 5: If you have a cellular plan, you can choose to either Keep (if you plan on pairing your Apple Watch and iPhone again) or Remove the cellular subscription.

Step 6: Enter your Apple ID password to disable Activation Lock and press Unpair.

Step 7: Your Apple Watch will start backing up the latest data to your iPhone, and after the watch unpairs, you’ll see the Start Pairing message.

Note: Remember to remove any Apple pay cards, delete active Bluetooth pairings, and wipe the passcode. After you’ve done it all, the factory reset will be complete.

How to Erase Saved Data on Your Apple Watch

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To return the watch to its factory settings, you need to delete everything, from content and applications to settings and passwords. Below you’ll find the process explained in detail.

Step 1: Tap the Settings app on your Apple Watch and open the General setting.

Step 2: To reset your Apple Watch, press Reset and then tap Erase All Content and Settings.

Step 3: Enter the Apple Watch password verification.

Step 4: As with the above method, you can choose to Keep or Remove your cellular plan (if you had one).

Step 5: You’ll see the Erase All option; tap it to continue the process.

Now you’re ready to sell your old Apple Watch or hand it down to a family member or a friend.

How to Unpair Your Apple Watch Without Your iPhone

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If, for some reason, you no longer have your iPhone, you need to unpair the watch and remove Activation Lock by using your iCloud account. Only then you’ll be able to pair it to a new iPhone.

Step 1: Go to your iCloud account on iCloud.com on the computer, and sign in using your Apple ID.

Step 2: Tap on Find iPhone.

Step 3: Click All Devices, and select your Apple Watch.

Step 4: Click on the info button next to the Watch.

Step 5: Select Remove Apple Watch to disable the watch’s activation lock.


Apple has made the pairing and unpairing process quite simple.

So if you’ve got yourself a new watch and want to get rid of the old one, you now know how to unpair it with ease. With just a few easy steps, you’ll have your unpaired Apple Watch ready to sell or gift to your close ones.

However, if you’re experiencing issues, feel free to jump over to the official Apple Support website and ask for additional help.


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