2024 - Latest Update on How to Unlock Your Apple Watch

Logan Miller | Mar 05, 2023

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Are you locked out of your Apple Watch and need help gaining access again? You may have visited Apple but couldn't find a detailed guide. Can you unlock your Apple watch without a passcode?

Yes. You can reset it. You can also safely remove the activation lock on your Apple Watch. Keep reading this article to get your Apple Watch unlocked and working again.

Way 1 Use Passcode on iPhone

You can easily unlock it from your paired iPhone if you remember your passcode.

Please Note: Your Apple Watch will be automatically disabled after 10 failed login attempts. Apple primarily designs this to prevent an authorized user from accessing your device.

Steps

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap "Passcode".
  3. Passcode on The Apple Watch App

    Passcode on The Apple Watch App

  4. Select "Unlock with iPhone".
  5. Unlock with iPhone on The Apple Watch App

    Unlock with iPhone on The Apple Watch App

  6. Turn on your Apple Watch and press the "Digital Crown".
  7. Enter your passcode or use the Touch ID feature on your iPhone to unlock your Apple Watch.

Way 2 Unlock Apple Watch Automatically

Apart from entering your passcode manually to unlock your Apple Watch, you can also set it to open automatically anytime you open your iPhone.

Steps to Unlock Your Apple Watch automatically with your iPhone

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap “My Watch”.
  3. My Watch on The Apple Watch App

    My Watch on The Apple Watch App

  4. Tap “Passcode”.
  5. Select “Unlock with iPhone.”
  6. Unlock with iPhone on The Apple Watch App

    Unlock with iPhone on The Apple Watch App

Perhaps you couldn't recall your password, and your Apple Watch has been disabled due to several unsuccessful tries. The next phase of this article will help you understand what exactly to do.

Way 3 Unlock Disabled Apple Watch with Paired iPhone

It's easy for you to unlock your watch with the paired iPhone.

Follow the steps below to reset your Apple Watch with your paired phone:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on the paired iPhone.
  2. Go to "My Watch" > "General" > "Reset".
  3. Reset on The Apple Watch App

    Reset on The Apple Watch App

  4. Select "Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings", then confirm.

    (You might need your Apple ID password for confirmation.)

  5. Your Apple Watch will be reset to factory settings, after which you can set a new passcode. If your data is backed up, select the prompt to restore from the backup.

Way 4 Reset Apple Watch to Factory Settings

If you don't have your Apple Watch paired with any iPhone, you can reset it without an iPhone by following the simple steps below.

  1. Place your Apple Watch on its charger.
  2. Hold the "Side Button" until the "Power Off" screen comes on.
  3. Power Off on Apple Watch

    Power Off on Apple Watch

  4. Press the "Power Off Slider" firmly without sliding it.
  5. Select "Erase All Content and Settings".
  6. Your Apple Watch will be reset to factory settings.

Way 5: Remove the Apple Watch Activation Lock

Like on any iOS device, the activation lock is enabled if you reset your Apple Watch while "Find My Apple Watch" is enabled. While the activation lock is enabled, you cannot access any feature on your watch until it's removed.

How to Check Whether Activation Lock Is Enabled

To check if "activation lock" is enabled on your Apple Watch, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the "My Watch" tab, and choose your Apple Watch from the list.
  3. Tap the "info" icon next to your watch to view its information.
  4. Your Apple Watch has an activation lock enabled if "Find My Apple Watch" is part of the option.

You can remove the activation lock on your Apple Watch through any of the following means:

Way 1 Go to iCloud

If you have an Apple ID and password, it's easy to deactivate the activation lock. Here are the specific steps.

  1. Go to iCloud.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Select “All Devices” at the top.
  4. Select the device you want to remove from iCloud.
  5. Click “Remove from Account”.

Way 2 Contact Apple

Another way to remove the activation lock is by contacting Apple directly. All you have to do is provide them with enough evidence that the device belongs to you, such as the device's serial number and agreement number.

However, it is essential to note that sometimes Apple will refuse to unlock you for other reasons. Even if you provide the relevant information.

 Apple Support App with Blue Background

Apple Support App with Blue Background

Bonus Tip: Beware of Online Unblockers

You need to be careful of getting scammed by some online unlocking sites. You'll see several websites online that claim they can unlock your Apple Watch using the watch's serial number.

This method is impossible. The serial number is centrally managed by Apple or your carrier , which means the third party can't use it.

If you pay those websites for such a service, you might lose your money and get nothing. You can use various professional, money-back guaranteed unlocking software, or better yet, contact Apple directly for help.

Conclusion

Carefully follow all the instructions provided in this article to get your Apple Watch unlocked. We hope you find this article relevant and helpful in solving every problem you might have with unlocking your Apple Watch.

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