What to Do If You Forgot Your Apple Watch Passcode

What to do If you forgot your Apple Watch passcode

Apple watch is in trend for quite a long time and its popularity is increasing rapidly. If you are one of many Apple Watch users then you must be using a passcode to protect watch’ data from others. Also, the passcode can come really handy in case you are mugged of your watch or misplace it somewhere. Passcode ensures that your data remains protected and inaccessible to people who don’t know the passcode.

On the other hand, remembering passcodes is a tricky task and many people can forget their passwords. So, what if you put in a passcode on your Apple Watch only to see the message Wrong Passcode displayed on it? You will take a few more guesses, but you will surely have to do something if you are unable to recall it. You will have to reset the passcode, and here is how you will be able to do it.

Table of Contents

  • Using iPhone:
  • Without iPhone:
  • Through iPhone:
  • On Watch:

Using iPhone:

Your iPhone can quite easily rescue the situation if you have forgotten your Apple Watch password. the only drawback with this method is that you will lose all your data on the watch. However, if iCloud backup is enabled then you do not have to be worried as you will be able to recover it later. Here is what you need to do.

1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Tap the option My Watch.

3. Hit the option General.

4. Now tap on the option Reset.

5. Locate the option Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.

6. Confirm your action by tapping the same option again.

  • If you own an Apple Watch Series 1,2 and 3 (without Cellular) then that is all you needed to do.
  • If you own an Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) or Apple Watch Series 4 then you will see another pop-up asking whether you want to Keep Plan or Remove Plan from the watch. If you desire to pair your watch again with the same device then hit Keep Plan, if you do not want to pair the watch with iPhone then you can hit the option Remove Plan.

If you selected Remove Plan for any reasons then you will need to contact your carrier to have it added back onto the Apple Watch. Anyway, once you are done through this, your iPhone will unpair the watch instantly (may take a minute or two). Once unpaired, you will be presented with the option Start Pairing on your iPhone Screen.

Your watch will be restored to factory settings which means that it will start functioning without any passcode requirement. Now, pair your Apple Watch to your iPhone as without pairing, Apple Watch is absolutely useless. Do not forget to restore the data from iCloud while setting it up. You can also restore the data later if you wish to.

Without iPhone:

If you are unable to use the iPhone to reset the watch for any reason then don’t worry, you can directly reset the watch by itself. it is recommended that you should always prioritize using the iPhone for that purpose, but if you can’t, then this is what you need to do.

1. Put your Apple Watch on its charger and do not remove it until the process is complete.

2. Press-hold the side button aka sleep/wake button until you see the power-off slider on the screen.

3. Do not slide it to power-off, instead, press-hold firmly over it.

4. Doing this will present you with the option Erase All Content and Settings.

5. Tap the green checkmark to confirm your action.

6. Wait for the process to finish.

Once done, your device will be restored to the factory settings. The passcode issue would have been addressed by now, but your pairing with the iPhone along with your Watch’ data would be gone. The next step is to pair your watch with the iPhone again. Make sure you also recover the data from iCloud backup while setting up or even after the setup is complete.

So, this is what you can do if you forget the passcode of your Apple Watch. Since there is no other way to recover the passcode, you can only reset the device to remove it. It indeed is a daunting task but it is what it is, and the only thing you can do other than that is to not forget your passcode.

Moreover, do not forget to create a backup before restoring your Apple Watch to its factory settings. If the automatic backup is on then you do not have to be worried about the data. Also remember that when creating a backup, there are three options that won’t be included. They are: Bluetooth pairings, Credit or debit cards stored on Apple Pay on your Apple Watch, and Passcode for your Apple Watch.

Conclusively, it is important to keep passcode enabled on your iDevices or any other devices for that matter. However, if you continuously struggle with remembering the passcodes then you can disable the passcode on your Apple Watch. It will make your device vulnerable, but it will at least save you from the long, daunting task of resetting. Here is how you can disable the passcode on Apple Watch:

Through iPhone:

1. Open the Watch App and hit the option My Watch.

2. Locate the option Passcode and tap on it.

3. Tap the option Turn Passcode Off.

4. Confirm your action on the pop-up box.

5. Provide the current passcode to finally switch it off.

On Watch:

1. Hit the option Settings on the Watch.

2. Locate the option Passcode and tap on it.

3. Tap the option Turn Passcode Off.

4. Confirm your action on the pop-up box.

5. Provide the current passcode to finally switch it off.

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