Switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone

Whether you're still using your old iPhone, or already switched to your new one, learn how to transfer your Apple Watch to your new device. 

Before you set up your new iPhone

Use these steps to back up your old iPhone and Apple Watch, so you can transfer to your new iPhone.

Back up your old iPhone

  1. Update your old iPhone. Don't have your old iPhone?
  2. Update your Apple Watch.
  3. Check your Health and Activity settings.
    • If you back up using iTunes, encrypt your backup to save your Health and Activity content.*
    • If you back up using iCloud, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and make sure that Health is on.* 
  4. Back up your old iPhone. Your iPhone also backs up your Apple Watch. Learn what's backed up.
  5. After the backup completes, use the steps below to set up your new iPhone. 

     

Set up your new iPhone

Make sure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are at least 50% charged and connected to Wi-Fi. During setup, keep your devices close together. Transferring data can take several minutes to an hour to complete. 

  1. Here's how to set up
  2. When asked if you have an iCloud or iTunes backup, choose your most recent backup to restore your data from your old device. 
  3. When your iPhone asks if you want to use your Apple Watch, tap Continue. 
  4. Follow the onscreen steps to finish setting up your new iPhone and Apple Watch.
  5. Your Apple Watch will ask for your passcode and confirmation to begin the transfer. 
  6. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone to make sure that your watch is paired. 
  7. Start using your Apple Watch with your new iPhone. Didn't see an option to use your Apple Watch?

     

If you’re already using your new iPhone

Here’s how you can transfer your Apple Watch data manually:

  1. Unpair your Apple Watch and your old iPhone. Unpairing also backs up your Apple Watch. If you don't have your old iPhone, erase your Apple Watch
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone. 
  3. Pair your Apple Watch and new iPhone
  4. When asked, restore from a recent backup. If you don’t have a recent back up, you need to set up your Apple Watch as new. On iOS 11 and later, Health and Activity data* is stored in iCloud and automatically kept up to date on devices where you're signed in with the same Apple ID. 
  5. Follow the onscreen steps to finish setting up your new iPhone and Apple Watch.
  6. Start using your Apple Watch with your new iPhone. 

*iCloud doesn't store your Activity Sharing data.

Published Date:Sat May 19 23:26:10 GMT 2018