Want to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone for some reason? Maybe you want to pair it with another iPhone or unpair it for troubleshooting purposes?
If you are having connectivity issues with your Apple Watch, it may randomly disconnect from your paired iPhone even when it is nearby, for example, you may find that unpairing the Apple Watch and then pairing it again can be useful. Especially if the problem persists even after restarting your devices.
Apple Watch relies on both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to stay connected to your iPhone and give you access to all the features it has to offer. Hence, it can potentially be affected by network-related issues which could further lead to random disconnections. If everything is fine on your end but your Apple Watch still won’t connect properly, it’s probably a software issue or an incorrect network configuration, both of which can be fixed by unpairing and re-pairing just your device. Apart from all this, if you plan to give away or sell your Apple Watch, you will need to remove the activation lock, which can only be done by unpairing it from your iPhone.
How to Unpair Apple Watch
We will use the Watch app pre-installed on your paired iPhone to unpair the Apple Watch.
- Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and go to the My Watch section. Here, tap on “All Watches” located at the top left corner of your screen.
- Here you will find all your watches if you have more than one. Tap the “i” icon next to the Apple Watch you want to unpair to access more options.
- In this menu, tap on “Unpair Apple Watch” which is highlighted in red as shown below.
- When prompted to confirm your action, tap “Unpair Apple Watch” again.
You may be prompted to enter your Apple ID password to turn off Activation Lock on your Apple Watch, but that’s about all you need to do.
Keep in mind that the unlinking process may take several minutes. This is because your iPhone creates a backup of all the data stored in the Apple Watch before it is completely erased.
Once unpaired, you will see the message Start pairing in the Watch app. You can now proceed with setting up your Apple Watch as you did when you first received it. However, this time you will have the option to restore your Apple Watch from a backup. Simply select the most recent backup and you are ready to continue using the device as normal.
If you don’t currently have access to your iPhone, you can’t exactly unpair your Apple Watch. Instead, you can reset your Apple Watch by going to Settings -> General -> Reset in watchOS which does pretty much the same thing except for backing up data. Only do this if you are sure that your Apple Watch has been backed up recently, otherwise you will permanently lose all your data.
We hope you have successfully unpaired your Apple Watch from your iPhone. Did you experience any connectivity issues or did you unpair your device just to remove the activation lock? How long did it take to complete this procedure? Feel free to share your experiences and be sure to leave your valuable feedback in the comment section below.