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

Press and hold the side button until you see the power button in the upper-right corner of the display. Press and hold the Digital Crown until you see Erase all content and settings. Tap Reset, then tap Reset again to confirm. Wait for the process to finish, then set up your Apple Watch again.

If you’re having issues with your Apple Watch or simply want to start fresh, resetting it to its factory settings is a quick and easy solution. There are two methods to reset your Apple Watch: using your paired iPhone or resetting directly on the watch.

Resetting using your iPhone is the easiest way to erase your watch, unpair your devices, create a backup of your data, and remove activation lock. To begin, make sure that your iPhone and Apple Watch are close together. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap “All Watches” at the top left of the screen. Next, tap the “info” button next to the watch you want to unpair and erase, and then tap “Unpair Apple Watch.” If you have a GPS plus cellular model, you’ll be given the option to keep or remove your plan. Tap “Unpair” again to confirm and enter your Apple ID password if prompted. Your iPhone will create a new backup of your watch before erasing it.

If you don’t have your iPhone, you can reset your Apple Watch directly on the watch. This will restore your watch to its factory settings but won’t create a backup or remove activation lock. Open “Settings” on your Apple Watch and tap “General.” Scroll down and tap “Reset,” then tap “Erase All Content and Settings.” If prompted, enter your passcode and decide whether you want to keep or remove your plan if you have a GPS plus cellular model. Tap “Erase All” to confirm and restore your Apple Watch to its factory settings.

Once the reset process is complete, you can pair your Apple Watch again with your iPhone or a new one. It’s that simple!

Please note that when resetting a family member’s watch that’s paired with your iPhone, their watch will backup to iCloud instead.

In conclusion, resetting your Apple Watch is easy and straightforward, and it can help fix any issues you’re experiencing. Whether you’re using your iPhone or resetting directly on the watch, follow these simple steps to reset your Apple Watch and start fresh.


How do I do a hard reset on my Apple Watch?
To force restart your Apple Watch, press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, then release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.
How do I reset my Apple Watch without settings?
Put Apple Watch on your charger. Press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off screen. Press and hold the Digital Crown until you see the erase option.