How to Pair Apple Watch with a New Phone


In today’s interconnected world, the Apple Watch stands out as more than just a timepiece. It’s an extension of the iPhone, bringing notifications, health data, and apps right to your wrist. But what happens when you get a new iPhone? Here’s your step-by-step guide to pairing your Apple Watch with your new device, ensuring a seamless transition.

Understanding Apple Watch Pairing

Your Apple Watch is designed to pair with one iPhone at a time. If you wish to switch phones, you’ll need to unpair it from the original device and then pair it with the new one. This process ensures all your health data, settings, and apps are transferred accurately.

Step 1: Backup Your Old iPhone

Before anything else, ensure that your old iPhone has been backed up to iCloud. This backup will include your Apple Watch data:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  2. Scroll down and ensure the Health option is toggled on.
  3. Go back to the main Settings menu and choose iCloud Backup.
  4. Tap Back Up Now and wait for the process to complete.

Step 2: Unpair Your Apple Watch

  1. Launch the Watch app on your old iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch, then tap on Apple Watch at the top.
  3. Tap Unpair Apple Watch.
  4. If you have a cellular plan on your watch, choose to keep or remove it.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password to disable Activation Lock. After a short wait, your watch will unpair.

Step 3: Set Up Your New iPhone

Before pairing your watch, set up your new iPhone:

  1. Turn on your new iPhone and run through the setup process.
  2. When asked, choose to restore from an iCloud backup. Ensure you select the backup you’ve just created from your old iPhone.
  3. Let your iPhone complete its setup and restore process.

Step 4: Pair Your Apple Watch

  1. Keep your Apple Watch and new iPhone close together.
  2. Power on your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button.
  3. On your iPhone, the Apple Watch pairing screen should appear. Tap Continue.
  4. An animation will pop up on your Apple Watch. Use your iPhone’s camera to center this animation in the viewfinder.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions on your iPhone to finish pairing.

Step 5: Restore From Backup

During the pairing process:

  1. Choose to Restore from Backup.
  2. Select the most recent backup from your old iPhone.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions and proceed with your personal settings.
  4. Wait for the syncing process. It might take some time, depending on your backup size.

Bonus Tips for a Smooth Pairing

  • Update First: Ensure both your Apple Watch and your old iPhone are running the latest software before starting the process.
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth: Keep your new iPhone connected to Wi-Fi and ensure Bluetooth is turned on during the pairing process.


Q1: What happens if I don’t unpair my Apple Watch before setting up my new iPhone?
A: If you forget to unpair, you can still set up your Apple Watch manually, but it might not carry over all your data and settings.

Q2: Will I lose any Apple Watch data during the process?
A: If you follow the backup and restore steps, all your data, including health and fitness statistics, should be transferred to your new iPhone.

Q3: Can I pair my Apple Watch with multiple iPhones at once?
A: No, the Apple Watch can only be paired with one iPhone at a time.

Q4: What if my new iPhone doesn’t detect my Apple Watch during pairing?
A: Ensure Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone, and both devices are charged and close together. Restart both devices if necessary.

Q5: Do I need to reconfigure my Apple Watch settings and apps after pairing?
A: If you restore from a backup, most settings and app configurations should remain. However, some apps might require you to sign in again or adjust settings.