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How to Backup and Restore Your Apple Watch

Backup and Restore your Apple Watch
Written by Kamlesh Vidhani

Many people here might think that smartwatches don’t have backup and security needs. Well, they have, as they are a type of tiny computer which performs almost all types of basic computer and smartphone functions with a great efficiency. Now, if you want to ensure that your Apple Watch is completely backed up before updating watchOS or want to restore your Apple Watch after resetting it, then you are at the right place. Just follow the below guide to completely backup and restore your Apple Watch.

Backup Your Apple Watch

Generally, whenever you backup your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud, your paired Apple Watch also gets backed up with it. Now, if you want to force a backup to the immediate point of time because you wish to install latest watchOS or reset your watch because of some problem then all you have to do is to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. The Apple Watch will automatically backup during the backup process. It will first backup and then unpairs from your iPhone.

You must be curious to know what will and won’t be backed up during this process of unpairing your Apple Watch. So, let’s get straightaway to that.

What is Backed Up?

  1. Time Zone
  2. Settings for your Wi-Fi, mail, calendar, stock, and weather.
  3. Language
  4. App-Specific data, settings, maps.
  5. General settings such as brightness, watch face, and sound.
  6. Health and Fitness data.

What isn’t Backed Up?

  1. Your credit cards, debit cards, and Apple Watch passcode isn’t backed up.
  2. Workout and Activity data.
  3. Your Playlists.

Now, let us come to restoring your Apple Watch from a Backup.

Restore your Apple Watch

Follow the below procedure to restore your Apple Watch:

  1. Start up your Apple Watch.
  2. Open Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Click on “Pair a new Apple Watch” if you want to pair an additional watch or else “Start Pairing” to pair your first Apple Watch with your iPhone.
  4. The camera will pop up and scan for your Apple Watch or you can also pair your Apple Watch manually, by tapping the text “Pair Apple Watch Manually” at the button of the screen.
  5. After successful pairing, click on “Restore from backup”.
  6. Choose the backup you want to restore.
  7. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  8. When prompted, enter your Apple ID.
  9. Click “OK” when requested to share settings.
  10. Generate a passcode for your Apple Watch.
  11. Now you will get several options like if you want to unlock Apple Watch when your iPhone is unlocked, want to set up apple pay and emergency SOS screen. Enable or disable them according to your wish.
  12. Next, wait until your Apple Watch gets fully synchronized.
  13. Tap ‘OK’ on the welcome screen and your Apple Watch will be set up.

That’s it! You have successfully created a backup of your Apple watch and even restored your Apple Watch from a backup. For any queries, drop down a comment below.