How to Unpair Apple Watch: A Step-by-Step Guide


Ted Stinson

Unpairing an Apple Watch seems difficult, but it’s actually quite simple. You’ll only need your iPhone and your Apple Watch to get started. After reading this article, you’ll know exactly how to disconnect your devices, so you can pair your watch with a new iPhone or erase all content and settings from the watch itself.

Step by Step Tutorial to Unpair Apple Watch

Before we dive into the specific steps, it’s important to know that unpairing your Apple Watch will erase all data from the watch and restore it to its factory settings. This process also removes the Activation Lock, which keeps your watch secure. Make sure to back up any important data before you start.

Step 1: Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together.

This is necessary for the unpairing process to work.

When unpairing your Apple Watch, it’s essential to keep your iPhone close by. This is because the Watch app on your iPhone is where the unpairing process takes place. Bluetooth connectivity between the two devices is required to start the procedure.

Step 2: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

This is where you’ll be able to start the unpairing process.

Once you’ve opened the Watch app, you’ll see a ‘My Watch’ tab at the bottom of the screen. Tap on it to see a list of all the Apple Watches connected to your iPhone. Select the watch you want to unpair.

Step 3: Tap on the ‘i’ icon next to the watch you want to unpair.

This will take you to the settings for that specific Apple Watch.

After tapping on the ‘i’ icon, you’ll find several options. Look for the button that says “Unpair Apple Watch” – it’s usually in red to signify that it’s an important action.

Step 4: Tap on “Unpair Apple Watch.”

Confirm that you want to unpair the device.

When you tap on “Unpair Apple Watch,” a warning message will appear, asking you to confirm your decision. Remember, this action will erase all content and settings from your watch.

Step 5: Enter your Apple ID password if prompted.

This is for security purposes to ensure it’s really you unpairing the watch.

Entering your Apple ID password is an important step because it disables the Activation Lock. Without completing this, the watch would remain locked to your Apple ID and would be unusable by anyone else.

Once you have completed these steps, your Apple Watch will begin the unpairing process. It will take a few minutes for the watch to erase all data and settings. After this, it will be restored to its factory settings, and you can set it up again with a new iPhone or pass it on to someone else.

Tips for Unpairing Apple Watch

  • Make sure your Apple Watch is fully charged or on a charger before starting the process.
  • Back up your iPhone before unpairing to save your Apple Watch data and settings.
  • Turn off Find My iPhone on your watch to disable Activation Lock.
  • If you’re selling or giving away your Apple Watch, remove your personal information by erasing all content and settings.
  • After unpairing, pair your Apple Watch again by bringing it close to your iPhone and following the on-screen instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have my iPhone?

If you don’t have your iPhone, you can still erase your Apple Watch by going to Settings > General > Reset on the watch itself.

Can I unpair my Apple Watch from the watch itself?

Yes, you can unpair directly from the watch. However, this will not disable Activation Lock, so it’s recommended to unpair using the iPhone.

Will unpairing my Apple Watch cancel my cellular plan?

No, unpairing your Apple Watch does not cancel your cellular plan. You should contact your carrier to cancel or transfer your plan.

What happens to my Activity data when I unpair my Apple Watch?

Your Activity data is backed up to your iPhone, so make sure to unpair the watch using the Watch app on your phone to keep this data.

Can I pair my Apple Watch with a new iPhone after unpairing?

Absolutely! After unpairing, you’re free to pair your Apple Watch with a new iPhone. Just follow the setup process on your new device.


  1. Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together.
  2. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap on the ‘i’ icon next to the watch you want to unpair.
  4. Tap on “Unpair Apple Watch” and confirm.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password if prompted.


Unpairing your Apple Watch is a straightforward process that can be done in just a few minutes. Whether you’re upgrading to a new iPhone, selling your watch, or just want to start fresh, it’s good to know how to decouple your devices safely. Always remember to back up your data beforehand and keep your devices close together throughout the process. And don’t worry, your Apple Watch will be ready to pair again with a new iPhone or a new owner in no time. So, go ahead, unpair your Apple Watch with confidence, and enjoy the seamless connectivity that Apple ecosystem provides!