How To Pair Apple Watch With Your New iPhone

16. How To Pair Apple Watch With Your New iPhone1

If you recently updated your iPhone, you might be unsure of what to do with your Apple Watch. Here’s how to transfer your current wearable to your new iPhone.

Alternatively, want to find out how to pair a new watch with an existing iPhone? Here is a setup guide for that. You’re probably going to do one of these things soon because the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8 are both coming out soon.

How To Prepare To Transfer An Apple Watch To A New iPhone

The best Apple Watches, unlike the best iPhones, cannot be manually backed up to iCloud. This is true even in watchOS 9. The reason for this is that Apple Watch backups aren’t even true backups. Your watch borrows most of its data from its paired iPhone, and as such, that data is all saved to your iPhone’s iCloud or iTunes backup.

When connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, your watch will routinely sync the Health and app data it collects to your iPhone (and, via your phone, iCloud). But you can’t choose when you’d like to sync that information — it happens in the background — unless you manually unpair your iPhone will be updated with the most recent information from your Apple Watch automatically.

How To Pair Apple Watch To New Phone

Let’s now connect your new iPhone and Apple Watch. To customize notifications, settings, and features like workout tracking, all you have to do is open the Watch app and follow the on-screen prompts. Here’s how to pair the Apple Watch:

  1. Disconnect your old phone from your Apple Watch.
  2. Open the Watch app on your new iPhone.
  3. Tap Start Pairing.
  4. Tap Set Up for Me.
  5. Hold your Apple Watch as directed in front of the camera. After a short while, if nothing happens, tap Pair Apple Watch Manually and adhere to the prompts on the screen.
  6. As long as you created the iCloud backup of your iPhone correctly, you will see the option to Restore from Backup; tap it. Your previously used settings will not be retained if you choose Set Up as New Apple Watch; instead, the setup process will start over. There might be a problem with your iPhone backup if the Restore from Backup option is not present.
  7. Tap it to choose the appropriate fallback. If you’re unsure which to choose, you can look at the Apple Watch model and the date of the most recent backup.
  8. Tap Continue.
  9. After a few minutes, tap Agree to accept the If you tap Disagree, you won’t be able to continue with the pairing. Terms and Conditions.
  10. You will then have the option to create a passcode. You can skip this step by choosing Don’t Add Passcode, but I strongly advise doing so. To create a four-digit passcode, tap Create a Passcode. Add a Long Passcode can be used to create a longer passcode. Although a longer passcode can be safer (but trickier to remember), I prefer to create a standard four-digit one.)
  11. On your Apple Watch, tap the numbers to create a passcode.
  12. To verify the code, you will be required to enter it again.
  13. Next, you’ll be walked through some basic setup steps, you can tap Set Up Later in the Apple Watch App to skip these for now. For the purposes of this tutorial, I’ll choose to omit these, but I prefer to finish the initial setup thoroughly because I often become lazy and prefer straightforward steps. Till every step of setup is finished, keep tapping Continue.

Check out these troubleshooting suggestions if your Apple Watch is having trouble pairing with your new phone. You’ll enjoy our Tip of the Day Newsletter if you’re looking for more advice on how to use the Apple Watch, back up your iCloud account, and other topics.

iCloud And Automatic Setup

In order to transfer your Apple Watch and iPhone backup to a new iPhone without having to perform the unpairing-repairing dance, Apple gives you the option to use Automatic Setup. But to make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone get moved over correctly, do the following:

  • Make sure your watch is up-to-date is by enabling iCloud Health sync
  • Make a backup of your existing iPhone right before you plan to transfer to your new iPhone

How To Change Your Apple Watch To A New iPhone

In the event that you bought an LTE Apple Watch, your iPhone’s account probably includes a cellular plan for the device. The plan shouldn’t need to be transferred when you switch to a new iPhone, which is good news. You should be good to go if you just follow the above instructions. That’s because even if you switch to a new iPhone (with a new SIM card inside it), your iPhone’s phone number and plan remain the same.

How To Change Your Apple Watch With A New Cellular Carrier To A New iPhone

To find out the simplest way to switch carriers if you’re also switching to a new iPhone, contact your new carrier. Most likely, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Cancel your existing Contact your current carrier to order an Apple Watch plan; however, hold off on terminating your iPhone service until you do.
  2. Follow your new carrier’s instructions to set up your new plan and iPhone and transfer your old number over (if applicable).
  3. Use the instructions above to set up your Apple Watch.
  4. Add a new cellular account to your Apple Watch.

How To Transfer Your Apple Watch To A New iPhone With No Backup

You have two choices if you’re considering erasing everything on your new iPhone and starting over without a backup.

Option one: You can start over on both devices if you don’t care about your Health information or other information of the sort. You will lose all of your downloaded apps and Health information, including all of your achievements, GPS routes, and saved workouts.

Option two: If you want your Only those who use iCloud and iOS 11 or later will be able to transfer health data to a clean-install iPhone and Apple Watch. You’ll want to have the Health toggle switched on in Settings > iCloud. Don’t erase your old iPhone until everything has synced if you have a lot of Health data.

Once your Health information has synced, follow the steps below to set up your Apple Watch:

  1. Follow the unpair/repair instructions above to unpair your watch.
  2. Once you’ve finished setting up your iPhone, open the Watch app. (You can also place your Apple Watch close to your iPhone to activate a screen resembling the AirPods pairing screen, which will then open the Watch app.)
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How To Unpair Apple Watch From Old Phone

Your Apple Watch must be unpaired from the original iPhone it is paired to before you can pair it to a new iPhone. The good news is that once you pair your Apple Watch with your new phone, the procedures below will automatically back up your watch’s data, ensuring that you don’t miss a beat or lose any information.

  1. On your iPhone, launch the Watch app.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, select My Watch.
  3. On the upper-left side, click All Watches.
  4. Tap on the info icon (the letter “i” with a circle around it).
  5. Click Apple Watch Unpair.
  6. To confirm and make a backup of the most recent data, tap the Apple Watch belonging to [Your Name].
  7. On the Unpair screen, tap your Apple ID password.
  8. Until the unpairing is finished, this screen will be displayed.

Then, transfer the content from your old iPhone to your new iPhone after creating an iCloud backup of it.

You’ve successfully paired a new iPhone with your Apple Watch! Do you lose your iPhone frequently? If so, here’s an amusing piece of advice: your Apple Watch can actually help you locate a lost iPhone.

How To Transfer An Apple Watch & What Could Go Wrong

An Apple Watch occasionally fails to sync properly with a new iPhone. Open the Settings app on the old iPhone, then tap the ‘iCloud’ tab at the top of the screen to make sure the user’s health and fitness data are saved. Next, enable the “Health” toggle in the list to sync health information with iCloud. Make sure the old iPhone is backed up on a computer or in iCloud next. Every time an iPhone is backed up, an Apple Watch that is connected to it is also saved.

Users can configure their new iPhone once everything has been updated to the most recent software and backed up. Users can hold their old and new iPhones close to one another to use Quick Start on devices running iOS 11 or later. After that, transfer the data from the old iPhone to the new one by following the on-screen instructions. Users might be prompted by Quick Start to confirm their desire to transfer their Apple Watch to their new device during this process. For the watch to be transferred to the new iPhone, tap “Continue.” If this prompt does not appear, open the Apple Watch app on the new iPhone and select “Confirm” to transfer the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch app will occasionally display the ‘Start Pairing’ screen when an Apple Watch refuses to transfer during setup. The only way to transfer the Apple Watch if this shows up on a user’s new iPhone is to unpair it and completely redo the setup procedure. Users can pair the smartwatch with the new iPhone by following the on-screen instructions after wiping and restarting their Apple Watch. Users have the option to restore the Apple Watch using the earlier backup they had made. It is possible to transfer an Apple Watch to a new iPhone without losing data, though it may not always be a simple process.

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