Your Apple Watch can work wonders in keeping up with your fitness goals, catching up with important notifications on the go, and improving your general productivity. When connected to your iPhone, the device works as a mirror to your phone, while you enjoy mobility and multitasking.
But what if you need to reset your Apple Watch but are not able to access your iPhone? If your Apple Watch is not connecting to a new iPhone, it fails to connect to your existing iPhone, you can still fix your Apple Watch on its own.
Restart Your Apple Watch and the paired iPhone
So your Apple Watch not connecting or pairing to your phone and you need to restart your Apple Watch and the paired iPhone.
Long-press the side button on your Apple Watch until the Power menu appears and tap the Power icon, then slide the Power off button to the right. Turn back on your Apple Watch by using the side button.
Note: You can’t restart your Apple Watch while it’s charging.
Erase it and re-pair it
- Connect the Apple Watch to its charging cable, with power connected.
- Press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off slider, then press firmly on the display and tap ‘Erase all content and settings’.
- Re-pair the watch using the Watch app via Restore from Backup.
Turn Off System Haptics
Some users experienced that turning off and then back on system haptics from Sounds & Haptics helps. You basically go to System Haptics on your Apple Watch, turn off System Haptics, and wait a couple of seconds then turn them back on and then try swiping up.
Make sure your screen protector is not the problem
Before you reset your Apple Watch, make sure that the screen protector you are using is not causing an issue with swiping up. There is no guarantee that the watch will perform better but is still worth trying.
How to Force Start Apple Watch
If you can’t restart your Apple Watch or if the problem continues, you may need to force your Apple Watch to restart.
To force restart, hold down the side button and the Digital Crown at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.
Apple Watch Won’t Pair Issues
Make sure that Apple Watch isn’t already paired
If your iPhone says that it’s unable to connect to Apple Watch, or if the watch shows a clock face, Apple Watch might already be paired.
If you have the paired iPhone, unpair your Apple Watch
If you have access to the iPhone, go to the Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then tap All Watches at the top of the screen. Then tap the “i” button next to the watch that you want to unpair, then tap Unpair Apple Watch. Tap again to confirm, then wait for the watch to unpair.
In case you don’t know the passcode, reset your Apple Watch
If you have forgotten its passcode, you can reset the watch via Activation Lock. Set Apple Watch on its charger, then Press and hold the side button until you see the screen with the power button in the upper-right corner, then release the side button. Press and hold the Digital Crown until you see the red Reset button. Reset, then tap Reset again to confirm.
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