If you’re giving your Apple Watch to someone, upgrading it, or resolving a problem, you’ll need to unpair it from its connected device. Below are the steps to unpair your Apple Watch.

Step 1: Prepare Your Devices

To begin, make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone are in proximity to one another. The unpairing process will delete all content and settings of the Apple Watch. This will make it safe to sell, recycle, or give away. As you complete this process, Apple automatically backs the data up to the iCloud. When you pair a new watch, you can restore all the data to the new Apple watch.

Step 2: Apple Watch App

Open up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. This app is how you control the settings on your Apple Watch. Select the My Watch option to view the watches connected to your device. Tap the watch you want to unpair.

There should be a small circle with an ‘i’ in it on the right of the watch name. Tap this icon, and a new screen will open. There will be several options to choose from, but you will want to select the Unpair Apple Watch option. Next, enter your Apple ID and password, and the process will begin.

Alternatively, if you do not have your iPhone handy, open up the Settings app in the watch itself. Next, navigate to the General section and choose the Reset option. Confirm erasing all the content and settings. This will unpair and set the watch back to factory defaults. However, the Apple ID lock will still be on the watch, making it unusable for anyone else. You will need to sign out of it on your iPhone later or log onto icloud.com to complete the unpair process.

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