If you recently upgraded to a new Apple Watch, you’re probably wondering how you can unpair the old one that you have. The good news is, you can easily do it on your own. Once you do, you’ll be able to enjoy the new features and refinements that Apple has added on the newer Apple Watch. Some neat features available on the Series 5 include always-on display, a built-in compass, and female health tracking features.
Before you start using the new Apple Watch, you will need to set it up. If your iPhone was already paired with an older Apple Watch, you will need to unpair it first.
Unpair an Apple Watch from iPhone
A word of caution before proceeding: when you unpair your Apple Watch, it will revert to factory settings. Before the Apple Watch gets erased, however, your iPhone will create a new backup that can be used to restore it on the next Apple Watch that you pair it with.
In order to unpair an old Apple Watch from your device, you will need to open the app on your iPhone. Go to the My Watch tab and tap on your Apple Watch that you find on top of your screen. The next screen will lead you to choose the information icon next to your Apple Watch’s name. Tap on Unpair Apple Watch. You will then receive a number of pop-ups that will verify whether you want to unpair or not.
If your Apple Watch is under a cellular plan, there will be an option for you to keep or remove it. You will need to enter your Apple ID password. When it’s completed, your Apple Watch will be successfully unpaired from your iPhone and restored to the default settings.
Pair a New Apple Watch to Your iPhone
Now it’s time to pair your new Apple Watch to your iPhone. You will need to make sure that both devices have enough battery in them. They won’t need to have 100 percent full battery, just make sure that the battery is enough to accomplish the pairing process.
After ensuring your Apple Watch has enough battery, the next thing you need to do is install the band. You can do this by pressing and holding the button next to the band on the watch’s bottom portion. Slide in the band until you hear a click. Repeat this process for the other side.
The next step of the process is to wear the device on your wrist and switch it on. Press and hold the side button until the iconic Apple logo appears on the screen. Your iPhone screen should also display a pop-up for pairing the device. When you see this, tap on Continue. If this pop-up does not appear, open the app on your iPhone and tap on Start Pairing. This will lead to a bunch of blue particles to appear on your Apple Watch. You will receive a prompt to position your iPhone camera over the watch. This will pair the two devices.
On the next step, tap on Set Up Apple Watch. Make sure to follow the instructions on both devices so that the setup can be completed. This is the time to restore a backup of your old Apple Watch to the new device.
You can opt to manually pair your device without using your iPhone’s camera. All you have to do is tap on Pair Apple Watch Manually. You will again see the blue particle pattern on the display of your Apple Watch. You’ll see a letter “i” inside a circle on the bottom portion of the screen. Tap on this information icon. This will lead you to a six-digit code on your watch’s screen. When your iPhone prompts for the code, type it in. Both devices will then be paired in a few minutes. You can proceed with the setup process.
How to Turn On Cellular Service on Your Apple Watch
If your Apple Watch supports cellular service, you can activate it once you have finished pairing and setting up your preferences. You can verify whether your watch can connect over cellular connection by checking out the digital crown. If it is red or has a red circle outline, that means it supports cellular connection. Otherwise, it means that your device is purely Wi-Fi.
In order to turn on cellular service on your Apple Watch, you will need to open up the app on your iPhone. Select My Watch tab > Cellular > Set Up Cellular. There will be instructions for your specific carrier so follow them carefully. In some cases, you might need to get in touch with your carrier to help you set up your Apple Watch.
Now that you know how to unpair an old Apple Watch and pair your iPhone with a new Apple Watch, you’ll be able to enjoy the features exclusive to it. Find out more tips soon so you can make the most out of your iPhone.