Apple Watch PairingNo matter how much research and testing goes into ensuring the Apple Watch runs smoothly with no problems, there's always a chance that you will have to perform a few IT-style actions in order to fix a minor issue with your device.

The best way to troubleshoot a problem on Apple Watch is to backup the data and restore it. We've got a guide for backing up your Apple Watch to your iPhone and then restoring data from a backup.

Backups include most data collection, like system settings, language, Mail, Calendar, Stocks, app-specific data, and health and fitness data (if you are using iCloud or an encrypted iTunes backup).

Backups do not include calibration data, synced playlists, credit and debit cards used for Apple Pay, and your Apple Watch passcode

Backup iPhone First

Before starting the process on your Apple Watch, it is a good idea to sync the data on your ‌iPhone‌ to ‌iCloud‌ or iTunes. When you do, any previously backed up Apple Watch data is included.

Unpair Apple Watch

The only way to force a backup on Apple Watch is to unpair it from your ‌iPhone‌. Unfortunately, this is a time consuming process.

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  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your ‌iPhone‌ and navigate to the My Watch section.
  2. Select Apple Watch from the list.
  3. Tap "Unpair Apple Watch." Tap again to confirm.
  4. Wait until Apple Watch is unpaired and the display asks you to confirm your language.

Re-pair Apple Watch

You will then be directed to pair Apple Watch with your ‌iPhone‌. This process also takes a while.

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  1. Go back to the Apple Watch app and select Apple Watch from the list and tap "Pair Apple Watch."
  2. Select "Restore From Backup" and choose a backup you wish to restore from.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password when prompted.
  5. If two-step verification is enabled, complete the process when prompted.
  6. Create a four-digit passcode on Apple Watch when prompted.
  7. Select whether to unlock Apple Watch with your ‌iPhone‌.
  8. Wait for the data to sync. When finished, you will get a notification on Apple Watch.

Reenter Unsaved Data

Because the backup does not include your workout calibrations, playlists, and credit or debit cards in ‌Apple Pay‌, this must all be added manually. Check out our guides for calibrating Apple Watch, listening to music, and setting up Apple Pay on Apple Watch.

Here is a tip: If you ever need to speak with Apple support for an issue with Apple Watch, do yourself a favor and follow the steps above to backup and restore Apple Watch before you contact them. One of the first steps they always have you follow is unpairing and re-pairing Apple Watch. This will save you 15 minutes of awkward silence.

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Top Rated Comments

Traverse Avatar
80 months ago
Off all the things I have to worry about and trouble shoot in my life, my watch is one thing I don't want to have to worry about. A watch should "just work." Still, added features bring added complexities.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BillyTrimble Avatar
80 months ago
Off all the things I have to worry about and trouble shoot in my life, my watch is one thing I don't want to have to worry about. A watch should "just work." Still, added features bring added complexities.
Oh Boy. Get yourself a regular watch and your troubles are over. And I had a cheapo Casio digital watch in the past that just suddenly displayed all sorts of incorrect data.

The Apple Watch is more than just a watch. It's a computer. And you know that very well. So to say you want it to function perfectly is just unrealistic. It does "just work" the vast majority of the time. Just as the iPhone and my other computers do. But the complexity of these devices is enormous. You are not being fair to expect perfection. You should consider deleting all electronic devices from your life. Living off the land in a shack in the middle of Idaho will eliminate many of the troubles you deal with.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jknopp Avatar
80 months ago
It's important to note that the activity data is not backed up either- well, it didn't back it up for me. I've had to restore my watch two times since I got it, and each time my activity and workouts were wiped clean. Any and every achievement you have gotten will also be gone.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Duvvit Avatar
80 months ago
('https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/backup-restore-apple-watch/')



No matter how much research and testing goes into ensuring the Apple Watch runs smoothly with no problems, there's always a chance that you will have to perform a few IT-style actions in order to fix a minor issue with your device.

The best way to troubleshoot a problem on Apple Watch is to backup the data and restore it. We've got a guide for backing up your Apple Watch to your iPhone and then restoring data from a backup.

Backups include most data collection, like system settings, language, Mail, Calendar, Stocks, app-specific data, and health and fitness data (if you are using iCloud or an encrypted iTunes backup).

Backups do not include calibration data, synced playlists, credit and debit cards used for Apple Pay, and your Apple Watch passcode

Backup iPhone First

Before starting the process on your Apple Watch, it is a good idea to sync the data on your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes. When you do, any previously backed up Apple Watch data is included.

Unpair Apple Watch

The only way to force a backup on Apple Watch is to unpair it from your iPhone. Unfortunately, this is a time consuming process.


Click here to read more... ('https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/backup-restore-apple-watch/')

Article Link: Troubleshoot Issues on Apple Watch by Backing Up and Restoring ('https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/backup-restore-apple-watch/')
It's not quite such a good idea to 'un-pair' and 'pair' the watch to create a backup, as this creates multiple 'Sources' in the Helath application on your iPhone.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BriSpe Avatar
80 months ago
I still can't sync a playlist to the watch...very strange....I've tried everything. Not working...
Stuck with: "Syncing" changing to "Sync in progress"...it repeats into infinity.
And yes, all devices are plugged into power.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C DM Avatar
80 months ago
Off all the things I have to worry about and trouble shoot in my life, my watch is one thing I don't want to have to worry about. A watch should "just work." Still, added features bring added complexities.
Most things in life often require some troubleshooting at some point, even those that have been invented and used long ago before electricity or anything even close to it. There's really nothing out there that "just works" all the time the way you want it, even taking one of the most basic essentially prehistoric examples of simply using a rock to bang on a nut to break it open can fail sometime for various reason (perhaps the rock is porous or something like that, as an example).
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