How to Pair Apple Watch With New iPhone?

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If you have purchased yourself an Apple Watch, then you must pair it with your iPhone to utilize the maximum of its features.  In this article, we shall discuss in detail all the ways on how to pair Apple Watch with new iPhone and also on how to unpair the Apple Watch ‘

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How to Pair Apple Watch With New iPhone – Prerequisites?

There are a couple of situations involved when you would pair an Apple Watch with New iPhone:

  1. A brand new Apple Watch
  2. A brand new Apple iPhone

If it is a new Apple Watch, then skip to the next section. If it is a previously paired watch with our old iPhone, then follow these steps:

Step 1. Take a backup of your old iPhone which would automatically take a backup of your Apple Watch as well. This would then be useful to set up your Apple Watch data on your new iPhone as you would have to restore your iCloud or iTunes backup only.

Step 2. Unpair your Apple Watch from your old iPhone.

Also Read: How To Backup Apple Watch?

How to Pair Apple Watch With New iPhone – Automatic Pairing and Setup?

The first method is the most simplest and recommended method that works almost all the time. The steps for this straightforward method are:

Step 1. Bring your Apple Watch and the iPhone you wish to pair it with, close to each other. Soon a prompt will appear on your iPhone and you will have to continue.

Step 2. An animation will begin on your Apple Watch and ask you to scan your watch with your iPhone. 

Step 3. Once the Apple Watch is detected and paired the iPhone will display a prompt asking you to make one of the two choices – Restore from Backup & Set Up as New Apple Watch.

Note: If you are pairing a new Apple Watch, then you can set it up as a new Apple Watch, otherwise choose the first option to restore all the data and settings that we had previously backed up in the Prerequisites section.

Step 4. Follow the steps and tap on positive responses and this will accomplish pairing the Apple watch with the new iPhone.

Also Read: How To Restart Or Reset Your Apple Watch?

How to Pair Apple Watch With New iPhone – Manual Pairing With The (i) Icon?

While I have never experienced a failure with the automatic method of pairing the Apple Watch with a new iPhone, but as per the official forums many face certain issues. Here are the manual steps to pair Apple Watch with new iPhone :

Step 1. Tap the (i) icon that appears on your Apple Watch.

Step 2. This will enable you to identify the name of your watch which will appear on the Apple Watch itself and also appear inside the Watch app installed on your iPhone.

Step 3. Select the name of your Apple Watch on your iPhone and enter a six-digit code that will appear on your Apple Watch to pair them up.

Step 4. In the next step, you will see the same prompt asking you to restore a backup or set up the watch as a new device.

Step 5. Follow the on-screen instructions and this will help you to pair Apple Watch with the new iPhone within a short time.

Also Read: What Is The (I) Icon On Apple Watch? A Guide To All The Apple Watch Icons And Symbols.

How to Unpair Apple Watch?

It is important to unpair the Apple Watch before repairing it with your new device or else it will not connect. Here are the steps on how to unpair Apple Watch:

Step 1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone and tap on the name of your watch.

Step 2. Now, tap on the (i) icon and you will see the option to Unpair Apple Watch.

Step 3. Tap on the ‘Unpair Apple Watch‘  option and select yes if prompted again.

Step 4. Enter your Apple ID password to carry out the unpairing process.

Step 5. Tap on Unpair in the top-right corner of your iPhone screen for the final time.

Step 6. Your Apple Watch will not automatically reset itself to its default settings. 

Note: This is a time-consuming process and when you pair an Apple Watch with a new iPhone, you can restore the data and settings from backup. This way you will not have to go through the trouble of setting your Apple Watch all over again even though it had factory reset itself.

Also Read: How to Get Rid of Apple Watch’s Red Dot Notification?

Your Thoughts on How to Pair Apple Watch With New iPhone?

It is important to unpair your Apple Watch with your existing iPhone first and then pair it with the new one. The process is easy and can be completed quickly if you use the automatic process. In case you are not able to auto-pair, then I recommend you switch to the manual method.

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