Unpair and Unlink Apple watch with or without iPhone

Unpair and Unlink Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is a great device that offers many features. Unfortunately, it also comes with a few drawbacks. One of these drawbacks is that you can’t fully use the watch without having an iPhone connected to the same WiFi network as your Apple Watch

If you unpair and unlink your watch from its paired phone, you will no longer be able to sync data or make purchases on your Apple Watch! Luckily for those who want to unpair their watch from their phone, this process is relatively simple and quick!

Why you may want to unpair your watch

Every so often, you may want to unpair your watch from your iPhone. Your phone may be broken or lost and the only way for you to use your watch is by unpairing it from a working device. Or maybe you just got another Apple Watch as a gift and have no intention of using an older one any longer.

It is easy to unpair your Apple Watch from an iPhone since it has a dedicated section in the Settings app for this purpose. If you have never paired your watch to another device before, you are probably interested in how this process works so that’s what we will cover next.

What happens when you unpair Apple watch?

The unpairing Apple watch feature erases all the data in your smartwatch. This is done to prevent someone else from wearing it by pairing their own iPhone with the device. The process will erase everything except for the passcode, which means that you won’t be able to use this function if you do not remember or know how to unlock your Apple watch.

Unpair Apple Watch from your old phone without losing any data

 unpair watch without losing any data

Pairing the Apple Watch with an iPhone is necessary for it to function properly, which means that if you want to get rid of your old watch and use a new one instead, you’ll need to unpair them first in order for the changeover process to work. Unpairing the Apple Watch from your iPhone is necessary because, without doing so, you won’t be able to get rid of it and will essentially have a useless device on your hands.

Fortunately, there are ways that allow you to unpair the watch from an old phone while keeping all its data intact. So even if you want to purchase a new watch, you won’t have to start from scratch.

There are two ways you can go about unpairing the watch and keeping all of its content intact: through iCloud or iTunes, depending on how much data is stored in it. If there aren’t too many things saved inside your wearable device, you can use iCloud, but if there are a lot of files and apps you want to keep, then your best bet will be iTunes.

Steps for unpairing the watch and unlink it from its paired phone.

If you’re having trouble with your Apple Watch and need to unlink it from its paired iPhone, there are a number of things that you can do. These steps will vary depending on whether or not the watch is still working properly, but most problems associated with the device stem from either an incorrect pairing between phone and watch or lack of connection between the two.

How do I unpair an Apple Watch via the Watch app?

To unpair your watch using the watch app follow these steps:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and make sure it’s close to your phone.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “My Watch”.
  3. Here you have two options,
    • if this is your first Apple Watch, then select “Unpair Apple Watch”.
    • If this is not your first Apple Watch, then select “Unpair [name of watch]” to unpair it from its paired iPhone.
  4. Tap Unpair on the screen that appears. Enter your Apple ID password and then press Unpair.
  5. You will see a message that says “Unpairing Apple Watch…” on both devices:
    • Tap Continue on each device to unlink them.

Your Apple Watch screen will go black for a moment while it unpairs. When the pairing process is complete, your iPhone and watch will be disconnected from one another. It may take up to an hour before you are able to connect them again through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi if they had been previously connected with either of these methods.

To unpair the watch from an old iPhone via iCloud:

  1. Open Apple Watch on your phone that has been paired with it until this point
  2. Go to General – Reset in settings menu
  3. Select Erase all Content and Settings
  4. Enter your iPhone passcode when asked to confirm this action.

After that, the Apple Watch will be unpaired from your old phone and you can pair it with a new one. Just make sure to have iCloud activated for data transfer in case there are too many files stored on it.

To unpair the watch from an old iPhone via iTunes:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer;
  2. Connect Apple Watch to it through USB cable;
  3. Go to File/Devices in menu options right next to ‘Manage My Apple Watch’,
  4. Click Unpair and confirm that you want this action performed when prompted by iTunes.

Now you can pair the watch with a new iPhone and all your data will be kept.

Unpairing Apple Watch without iPhone

if you are looking for a way to unpairing your Apple Watch without your iPhone, there is no need to despair. Unpairing the watch is just as simple as pairing it in the first place and takes maybe even less time than that since you don’t have to go through all of the steps again.

  1. First, connect your Apple Watch to a power source.
  2. Hold the power button until you see the power off slider.
  3. Then let go of the POWER OFF slider after a firm press.
  4. Click Erase all content and settings.

How do I unpair my lost Apple Watch?

If you are trying to unpair an Apple Watch that is not on your wrist but still connected to one of the iOS devices paired with it within range,

  1. Open the “My Watch” app on the paired iPhone and
  2. Go into My Watch > General > Reset.
  3. Then choose either Erase All Content & Settings (for a new Apple Watch)
  4. Or just Erase All Data (if you want to pair it with a different iPhone).

This will unpair the watch from your account and let you set up the Apple Watch app on your new iOS device.

Can you pair the Apple Watch with Android?

unpairing & unlinking apple watch

Unfortunately, there is no official support for pairing your smartwatch to any other platform than iOS because it uses different protocols and standards that are not easily compatible with anything else at this point in time.

However, there are ways of using your wearable device on non-Apple platforms through Android apps that allow you to control the watch remotely.

For instance, if your Android smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data network and has Bluetooth turned on, then it can receive notifications from your iPhone via an Apple Watch app for example. To do this, just download a third-party client for iOS devices like iWatch Fone on your Android device.

Now you can receive notifications from any app on your iPhone via Apple Watch, even if it’s paired with a different smartphone. Unfortunately, there are no third-party apps that would allow using the watch as an actual phone at this point in time unless you have jailbroken iOS version installed of course.

Finally, if you have a jailbroken iOS device, then there is a possibility of using the watch as an actual phone with the Apple Watch Connectivity app.


The process of unpairing and unlinking an Apple Watch is simple, which can be a relief to those who may have been struggling with this task. It’s as easy as following the steps in our article for pairing your smartwatch or downloading third-party apps on Android devices that control the watch remotely.

We hope these ideas help you remove any frustration caused by pairing issues. With these tips, you should be able to successfully unpair and unlink your Apple Watch without any problems.