Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

In some cases, you might need to unpair your devices. Unpairing also erases your Apple Watch and restores it to the factory settings. 

Disconnect your devices

  1. Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together as you unpair them.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Go to the My Watch tab and tap your watch at the top of the screen. 
  4. Tap info icon next to the watch that you want to unpair. 
    Multiple watches on iPhone
  5. Tap Unpair Apple Watch.
    Apple Watch screen on iPhone
  6. For Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), choose to keep or remove your cellular plan. 
    • If you want to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again, keep your plan. 
    • If you don't want to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again, remove your plan. If you aren't going to pair with a different watch or iPhone, you might need to contact your carrier to cancel your cellular subscription. 
  7. Tap again to confirm. You might need to enter your Apple ID password to disable Activation Lock. Before erasing all content and settings on your Apple Watch, your iPhone creates a new backup of your Apple Watch. You can use the backup to restore a new Apple Watch. After your Apple Watch unpairs, you'll see the Start Pairing message.
  8. Use these steps to set up your Apple Watch again.

Erase your Apple Watch

If you don't have your iPhone and can't unpair, you can still erase all content and settings on your Apple Watch:

  1. On your Apple Watch, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. 
    Reset screen on Apple Watch
  2. For Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), choose to keep or remove your cellular plan.
    • If you want to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again, keep your plan. 
    • If you don't want to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again, remove your plan. If you aren't going to pair with a different watch or iPhone, you might need to contact your carrier to cancel your cellular subscription. 
  3. Tap Erase All to confirm. This resets your Apple Watch to the factory settings.

Try these steps if you forgot your passcode.

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