How to Reset Apple Watch: Easy to Follow Troubleshooting Tips

Written by: Emma Morris


How to Reset Apple Watch

Resetting your Apple Watch is essential during software malfunctions or when you're preparing to sell your device to its next owner. However, how exactly do you do it? 

There are two ways to reset your gadget to its original settings, both equally easy to complete in a few simple steps.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Reverting your timepiece to factory settings can be done with or without a paired iPhone.
  • If you're encountering software issues, consider resolving them through force reset before completely wiping your device. 

The Apple Watch and iPhone Method

You can reset your device with the help of a paired iPhone, whether it's a refurbished Apple Watch Series 7, 8, or Ultra.

To begin, place both devices near each other and follow these simple steps.

  • On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app located on your home screen, and tap on "My Watch".
  • Then, press the "Reset" button after tapping on the "General" tab.
  • Select "Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings" and enter your Apple ID password if prompted.

Following these steps will unpair your device from your iPhone, as well as remove any data, apps, and settings from your timepiece.

Resetting Apple Smartwatch via the Settings App

Those who don't have an iPhone paired with their timepiece can also reset their smartwatch via the Settings app.

This route is just as straightforward as the previous one.

  • After tapping the settings icon on your timepiece, select "General".
  • You can then tap "Erase All Content and Settings", the same option provided through the iPhone method.
  • It may ask you for your Apple Watch passcode to confirm this action.

Note:  If software issues are troubling you, it's best to employ these methods after performing a hard reset and before sending it in for repair. Explore our article on  how to turn off an Apple Watch  to find more information on performing a force reset.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you unpair Apple Watch from iPhone without resetting my timepiece?

Yes, you can unpair both devices without completely wiping your smartwatch.

During this specific process, as outlined in our article on how to unpair an Apple Watch, your iPhone will automatically create a backup of your files on the timepiece, which you can then restore once both gadgets are paired again.

Can I reset my timepiece remotely through my iPhone without having both devices nearby?

Unfortunately, this isn't an option.

Both your iPhone and Apple Watch need Bluetooth connectivity for the process to work, meaning you'll struggle to reset your timepiece if both devices are too far apart. Learn more here.

Final Thoughts

All in all, reverting your smartwatch back to factory settings shouldn't be a hassle.

However, if you're looking for more information on your new device, why not also check out our blog?

Here, we offer a range of tips and tricks to ensure you can undertake your next tech journey with confidence.

Emma Morris

Emma crafts insightful and informative articles about refurbished phones for Her expertise guides readers in making the smartest choices for their tech needs.