This way you can pair your current Apple Watch with a new iPhone

Do you want to use your existing Apple Watch with a new iPhone? Then of course you don’t want to lose any data. In this tip, we’ll show you how to unpair and then connect your current Apple Watch to your new iPhone, taking all the data with you.

Pair Apple Watch with new iPhone

Have you bought a new iPhone and an Apple Watch on your wrist? Then you will have to pair the Apple Watch with the new iPhone. This is slightly different than pairing a new Apple Watch, especially if you want to keep all your data. In this tip we explain how this works.

  • Make a backup
  • Pair with new iPhone
  • Alternative way

In a separate tip, we explain how to start using a new Apple Watch with an existing iPhone.
If you want to keep all your data on the Apple Watch, it is important that you have the old iPhone – to which the Watch is still connected – at hand. In the step-by-step plan below, we explain how this works in a few steps. Your new iPhone should also not be configured yet. This way you will not lose the data on your Watch.

If you have already set up your new iPhone, follow the steps in the alternative way.

Step 1: Make a backup

Making a backup is very easy:

  1. Create a backup of your iPhone via iCloud or iTunes. If you use iCloud, check if iCloud sync for Health is on via Settings> your name> iCloud> Health. iTunes requires you to encrypt your backup for health data.
  2. Set up your new iPhone. Restore the iPhone backup if prompted to do so. This is easiest via an iCloud backup.

As soon as you transfer the backup from the old iPhone to a new one, the data from your Apple Watch is automatically included. If you do not use iCloud but iTunes to transfer the data, do not forget to encrypt the backup. As a result, your Health and Activity data will also be saved.

Step 2: Pair the Apple Watch with the new iPhone

You should now be in the middle of setting up your new iPhone. Now follow the simple steps below to link the two devices together.

  1. The new iPhone asks if you want to use the Apple Watch during setup. Tap Continue and follow the steps.
  2. Enter the passcode on the Apple Watch. The transfer will now begin.
  3. Open the Watch app on your iPhone to view the progress of the transfer.
  4. After a few minutes, your Apple Watch will be paired with your new iPhone.

Alternative way: new iPhone already in use

If you already have your new iPhone in use and now want to transfer your Apple Watch to your new iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Watch app on the old iPhone (where your Apple Watch is still paired) and tap All Apple Watches.
  2. The next window shows the paired Apple Watch. Tap the site followed by the Disconnect Apple Watch to pair apple watch
  3. During this disconnection, the Apple Watch is automatically backed up, including all apps installed on it.
  4. Open the Apple Watch app on the new iPhone.
  5. Pair the Apple Watch with your new iPhone.
  6. On your Apple Watch, choose the language you want to use, then tap Start Pairing.
  7. Restore a backup if prompted. If you don’t have this, you have to set up the Apple Watch as new. You will not lose your Health and Activity data, provided you sync the health data with iCloud.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete pairing.

Do you need more help with connecting your Apple Watch to an iPhone? Then check out our Apple Watch getting started guide in which we explain this process step by step.

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