How to Reset Apple Watch

Sometimes, you want to reset your Apple Watch sine you forget your passcode, or you have just grabbed a new Apple Watch and you are ready to sell off your old one. Resetting is a good way to fix existing software and performance issues. No matter what the reason is, the process is pretty simple. Read on this post to know how to reset Apple Watch.

How to Reset Apple Watch

Reset Your Watch With Your iPhone


The best way if you want to reset your Apple Watch is to actually use your iPhone. You can easily end up un-pairing your Apple Watch, removing the Activation Lock as well as resetting your Watch to its factory setting. If you intend to sell your current Apple Watch, these are the steps you should do.

Step 1: Launch the Watch app and choose your Watch from the top of My Watch.

Step 2: Tap on the “i” button next to your Watch and select Unpair Apple Watch.

Step 3: Next, enter your iCloud account information. When the process is done, your Watch will be deleted from your iCloud account as well as the Watch app. To reset it, you should move to the Apple Watch itself. However, make sure your Apple Watch is sufficiently charged or is put on the charger.

Step 4: Unlock your Watch and head to Settings -> General -> Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

Step 5: Wait for a few minutes until your Apple Watch completes the resetting process. It will return to the pairing screen.

Also see: How to enable Auto Unlock on Mac and Apple Watch

Reset Directly From Your Watch 


If you use your Apple Watch independently or if you’ve already forgotten the passcode, there is a direct way to reset it directly from your Watch. To get it done:

Step 1: Make sure the Apple Watch is on the charger.

Step 2: Press and hold the Side button until the Power menu shows up.

Step 3: Press firmly the Power Off slider.

Step 4: You will then see Erase All Content and Settings button. Just tap on it to start the resetting process.

Soft Reboot and Hard Reboot Apple Watch

If you want to reset your Apple Watch due to its misbehaviors, or if you feel its battery life draining fast, you might not jump the gun. Instead of a full reset, you should first try a hard reboot. A hard reboot will reset some of the fundamental parts without affecting any of your saved data. If the problems on your Watch are caused by a software issue or a bug, a hard reboot will be a good solution.

But before doing so, you should first try a normal restart. To do so, press and hold the Side button and then slide your finger on the Power Off slider.

If you want to perform a hard reboot, simply press and hold the Digital Crown and Side button at once for 10 seconds or until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.


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