A Guide To Unpairing Your Apple Watch Without An iPhone

There are several scenarios in which you might need to unpair an Apple Watch from your iPhone. But what if you don’t have your iPhone with you in order to complete the action as normal?

You can unpair an Apple Watch without an iPhone by going into the settings and selecting ‘Reset.’ Then, select ‘Erase All Content and Settings,’ follow any prompts, and click ‘Erase All’ to finish. This method won’t create an automatic backup, and the Activation Lock will need to be removed.

If that sounds a bit complicated, don’t worry. Let’s take a closer look at this process and some alternatives so that you can unpair your Apple Watch without a hitch.

Reasons You May Need to Unpair Your Apple Watch

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Unpairing an Apple Watch (on Amazon) restores the device to its original factory settings. This means all the data, apps, and settings are deleted. There are several circumstances where you might need to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. Some reasons to unpair can include:

  • You’re selling or giving away your Apple Watch
  • You’re upgrading your Apple Watch
  • You’re resetting the Watch due to issues
  • Your Apple Watch was stolen

Problems That Unpairing Your Watch Won’t Fix

Unpairing an Apple Watch won’t solve all of your problems. For example, unpairing and repairing an Apple Watch won’t resolve damage to the hardware or electrical components. However, resetting your Watch to the default factory settings can resolve minor bugs and glitches.

Unpairing an Apple Watch can be useful for removing a stolen device from your Apple ID, but it won’t help you return your lost goods, unfortunately.

How Do You Unpair an Apple Watch Without an iPhone?

It’s entirely possible to unpair an Apple Watch without an iPhone. However, unpairing an Apple Watch without an iPhone won’t create an automatic backup as the iPhone isn’t in the vicinity or connected to the Watch.

The Activation Lock stays active, and you’ll need to remove it manually. Ensure you’re removing the Watch app from your iPhone after the process below.

  1. The first step is to navigate to the Settings menu on your Apple Watch. From the ‘Settings‘ menu, go to ‘General,’ and then ‘Reset.’ The Reset option should be at the bottom of the General menu.
  2. From the Reset section, click ‘Erase All Content and Settings.’
  3. You’ll need to enter your password if prompted. Typically, you’ll need to enter a password if you have one in place. Otherwise, you can move on to the next step.
  4. Finally, you can select ‘Erase All‘ to finish resetting your Apple Watch without an iPhone.

Note: Your Apple Watch will be factory reset and lose all media, data, and settings. The Activation Lock will remain in place. You’ll need to enter the previous Apple ID and passcode to pair the watch to another iPhone.

How to Unpair an Apple Watch Without a Password

It’s possible to unpair an Apple Watch even if you don’t remember your password. It’s important to note that an automatic backup will not be created. Ensure you’re removing the Watch app from your iPhone after the process below.

  1. The first step is to place your Apple Watch on the charger.
  2. Press and hold the side buttons in the same manner if you were going to shut it down.
  3. Now, press and hold the Digital Crown until ‘Erase All Content and Settings‘ appears on the Apple Watch screen.
  4. Finally, you can select ‘Erase All‘ to finish resetting your Apple Watch without a password.

Note: Your Apple Watch will be factory reset and lose all media, data, and settings. The Activation Lock will remain in place. You’ll need to enter the previous Apple ID and passcode to pair the watch to another iPhone.

How to Erase an Apple Watch With iCloud

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You can also use iCloud to erase an Apple Watch if it’s blocked with an Activation Lock. This is useful if you’ve recently sold or purchased a used Apple Watch.

  1. Launch the Find My App on the iPhone.
  2. The second step is to navigate towards the Devices tab located near the bottom bar.
  3. Select the Apple Watch you want to delete.
  4. After finding the Apple Watch you want to delete, you’ll need to select ‘Erase This Device.’ Afterward, click ‘Continue and Erase.’
  5. Finally, enter your Apple ID password and click ‘Erase‘ once more to confirm the action.

Note: You can also select ‘Remove this Device‘ to disable the Find My app from tracking it.