The ones who have Apple Watch almost certainly has important and personal information stored on the wearable device. Thankfully, Apple provides many security features to protect that data and lock your Apple Watch. Today in this tutorial, we will take a look at one of the most important security features available and show you how to unlock the Apple Watch.
How to Do This?
After setting a passcode, you can unlock your Apple Watch by simply entering the passcode on the screen of the device.
Alternatively, there is an easier way to always have an unlocked Apple Watch ready to go. You will need to head to the Apple Watch app, navigate to My Watch > Passcode, and select Unlock with iPhone.
With this setting on, unlocking your iPhone (even with Touch ID or Face ID) will always unlock your Apple Watch—as long as you are wearing it.
What to Do When Your Apple Watch Won’t Unlock
You also may run into a situation where the Apple Watch won’t unlock. The most likely reason is that you’ve forgotten the passcode you set for the device. But don’t despair: there is some hope in this situation.
Maybe you have stored the passcode in a safe location; using a password manager is a great way to do this. Make sure to take a look at some of the best password managers for your iPhone if you haven’t set one up yet.
If you can’t find the correct passcode, you will need to take a more drastic step. It’s time to completely erase your Apple Watch and then restore the information from a backup.
Here’s what you will need to do:
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Go to the My Watch tab and select General > Reset.
- Choose Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.
- If there isn’t a recent backup of the Apple Watch, you will see a dialog box to update an iCloud backup. Select Backup Then Erase. That will ensure you have the most recent Apple Watch settings and other information.
- You will then have to turn off Find my Watch to completely delete the contents of the device.
- Anyone with a cellular-enabled Apple Watch should select Keep Your Plan to retain all carrier information on the watch.
After the Apple Watch is erased, power it back on and place it near your iPhone to start the pairing process. You will see a dialog box on the iPhone to help begin the process.
During setup, make sure to select Restore From Backup. That will restore all the settings and other information on your Apple Watch. The only exception is Apple Pay credit card information, which you’ll need to enter again in the Wallet & Apple Pay section of the My Watch tab.
Always Try to Make the Most of Your Apple Watch
Passcode lock is an important security feature that is easy to use, and does a great job protecting important data stored on your Apple Watch. Hopefully, with these tips, you fully understand how to both unlock and lock an Apple Watch.
If you want to make even better use of the wearable device, take a look at some of the best Apple Watch complications.