Phone Transfer

How to Transfer Apple Watch to New iPhone

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2019-12-17 / Update for  iPhone Tips

So, you bought a new iPhone 8, unboxed it, and set it up; however, there's just one thing missing: your Apple Watch. Fortunately, moving your Apple Watch to your new iPhone isn't too hard, and we'll show you how to do it in this Tenorshare tutorial.

Before starting this tutorial, set up your new iPhone and make sure your Apple Watch is updated to the latest version of watchOS. To do this, connect your Apple Watch to your old iPhone and do the following:

  • 1. Open the Watch app on your old iPhone.
  • 2. Tap the My Watch button at the bottom of the screen.
  • 3. Scroll down and tap General.
  • 4. Tap Software Update at the top of the screen. Your phone will now tell you if a watchOS update is available.

How to Move Apple Watch to New Phone

To start, you need to unpair your Apple Watch from your old iPhone. Please note that this erases all content from your Apple Watch. Luckily, your Apple Watch is automatically backed up to your iPhone daily; see our full Apple Watch backup article for an explanation.

To unpair your Apple Watch:

  • 1. Open the Watch app on your old iPhone.
  • 2. Tap the My Watch button at the bottom of the screen.
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  • 3. Look at the top of the screen and tap your Apple Watch's name.
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  • 4. Tap the orange Info button at the right-hand side of the screen.
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  • 5. Tap Unpair Apple Watch at the bottom of the screen. Your Apple Watch will now be completely erased.
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Your Apple Watch will be completely erased and start a reboot process. Once your Watch turns back on, you can pair it to your new iPhone by launching the Watch app on your iPhone and following the on-screen instructions. During this process, you'll be given the option of restoring your Apple Watch to a backup. Doing this will move all of your Apple Watch data back to the device.

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