How to Connect an Apple Watch With a New iPhone

How to Connect an Apple Watch With a New iPhone

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

An Apple Watch, paired with a new iPhone, is the simplest way to check the time, see how many steps you’ve taken, or see notifications on the wrist. You can connect to your iPhone using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. When you’re ready to disconnect, tap the side button to see your iPhone’s notification area.

Read these simple steps to pair an Apple Watch with a new iPhone.

How to Pair Your New iPhone with an Apple Watch

Connect an Apple Watch With a New iPhone

  • Start with the old iPhone you’re replacing: First, update the iOS on that phone to the most recent version. When that’s done, determine if your Apple Watch requires an upgrade to the most recent version of watchOS. If this is the case, upgrade.

This may appear to be unneeded, but it is not. Because your new iPhone will be running the most recent OS, you’ll need to upgrade both your old iPhone and your Watch to guarantee that all of your data is transferred correctly and that setup went perfectly.

  • Check to see if your previous iPhone is transferring your Apple Watch data to iCloud: This is necessary for data transfer to your new iPhone.

To do so, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and make sure the Health slider is turned on.

  • Back up your old iPhone to iCloud or a Mac or PC, whatever you prefer: Check the option to encrypt the backup if you’re using a Mac or PC. Your Health and Activity data will not be backed up or transferred to your next iPhone if you do not do so. You can’t afford to lose all of your information!
  • Set up your new iPhone and select restore the backup you created earlier.
  • Tap Continue when the iPhone asks if you want to utilize your Apple Watch.

Note: If this option isn’t available, unpair your Apple Watch from your old iPhone, pair it with your new phone, and then restore the Watch’s data from backup.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions if the iPhone asks you to confirm that you wish to use the Watch.
  • If the iPhone asks you to begin pairing the Watch, unpair it from the previous one first, then proceed.
  • Place your new iPhone and Apple Watch close together. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

What to Do If Your Old iPhone Isn’t Working

If you don’t have access to your previous iPhone, or if you’ve already wiped or reset it to factory settings, your Apple Watch may still be connected to it. Follow these steps to pair the Watch with your new iPhone:

  • Delete your Apple Watch data. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings on the Watch. Follow the directions on the screen.
  • If you haven’t already, configure your new iPhone.
  • Connect your new iPhone to the Watch.
  • When you’re given the choice, restore the Watch from a backup. You’ll have to set up the Watch as new if you don’t have a backup, and you’ll lose your data (unless you’ve been backing up to iCloud). It should sync in that instance if you’re signed in to the same iCloud account as the old iPhone).

Note: It could take hours or even days depending on how much iCloud data needs to sync to your new iPhone and Watch.

What to Do If You Can’t Find Your Health and Activity Data

If you’ve just paired your Apple Watch with a new iPhone, double-check that all of your Health and Activity data is still there. After all, you don’t want to lose months, if not years, of health and fitness information! You have a few choices if your Health and Activity data is missing.

If You Save This Information to iCloud,

Make sure your new iPhone is connected to the same iCloud account as your previous iPhone and Watch. Make sure the Health slider in Settings > [your name] > iCloud is set to on/green. Connect it to Wi-Fi after that. This will begin the iCloud data synchronization procedure on your phone. This could take minutes or days, depending on the amount of data.

If You Have a Previous iPhone Backup

Attempt to restore it to the new iPhone. Remember that the backup must be encrypted or the Health and Activity data will be lost. If you still have the previous iPhone, you can restore it from a new backup.

If you don’t have your old iPhone or haven’t backed up your data to iCloud,

Unfortunately, you will not be able to recover your data and will have to start over.