Apple Watch ranks among the most desired smartwatches on the market. First debuted back in 2015, Apple Watch quickly gained its popularity among users and experts worldwide. The original Apple Watch was the best-selling wearable device with more than 4 million units sold in Q2/2015.
In 2016, the Apple Watch Series 2 followed huge success of the original device. With the Series 2, Apple finally turned its wearable into a useful item, rather than an expensive device on your wrist. Last year, Apple announced an Apple Watch 3 with LTE connectivity. According to the latest reports, Apple Watch 3 with LTE now dominates the smartwatch market, with millions of units shipped every quarter.
If you are planning to buy a new Apple Watch, then there are a couple of things you need to know about switching to a wearable device. With that in mind, we believe that we can help you out.
In the section below, we will walk you through the steps on how to switch to a new Apple Watch. Before we begin, make sure you now have a modern version of watchOS on your wearable device.
How to disconnect your old Apple Watch from iPhone
To switch to a new Apple Watch, you first need to disconnect your old device from your paired iPhone. The process is pretty simple, and we will cover how in the section below.
Step one: First off, you need to make sure that both devices are near each other (keep doing this until the process ends)
Step two: Next up, pick up your iPhone and open the Watch app from your home screen. After that, select the My Watch tab at the bottom corner of the screen and then select your Watch
Step three: Once you are in, you should see a list of all Apple Watches that are connected to your iPhone. Now just simply tap on the Apple Watch you wish to disconnect and hit Un-pair Apple Watch
Now, you need to provide your Apple ID password to remove the Activation Lock. If you forget to unlock the Activation Lock, then you will be asked to enter your Apple ID details the next time you wish to pair your new Apple Watch to iPhone. Once you are done, Apple Watch should reset and reboot itself to apply the change.
How to erase and reset your Apple Watch
Once you have successfully unpaired your Apple Watch with your iPhone, then it’s time to erase and reset it. The coolest part is that you can reset your wearable device without the need for your iPhone. You can follow our steps below to complete the task.
Step one: First off, launch Settings on your Apple Watch. Scroll down a little bit and then hit General and proceed with tapping on Reset
Step two: Next up, tap on Erase All Content and Settings and then enter your passcode
Step three: Now just simply let the reset process begin. Once done, head over to iCloud.com on your computer to remove the Activation Lock. To do this, select Settings and then select your Apple Watch from the list. After that, hit the X button next to the Apple Watch you wish to remove and then hit the Remove button to confirm your action.
Keep in mind doing so will remove all content and settings on your Watch. That means that you need to set up the whole thing from the scratch.
How to set up your new Apple Watch
Step one: Power on your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the Side button. After that, bring your iPhone near Apple Watch and then tap on Continue from the pop-up menu
Step two: Next up, hold your Apple Watch up to your iPhone’s camera. Once you are done, the setup process will start on your Apple Watch
Step three: If you have a backup of your watch, you can choose to restore it. If not, set it up as new
Step four: Agree with terms and conditions and then sign in with your Apple ID. After that, you will be presented with a list of settings. Select your own settings you wish to use for Location Services, Route Tracking, and Siri
Step five: Now you can create a passcode to add an extra layer of security to your Apple Watch. If you now have an Apple Watch with LTE, then you can follow the instructions to enable the cellular connection
Step six: Now you can install apps for your Apple Watch. You can skip this step if you want to install apps later.
Step seven: Wait until the syncing process ends (make sure you keep your Apple Watch close to your iPhone)
Got any questions? Let us know in the comments below.