What to do if you forget your Apple Watch passcode

By , May 13, 2015

Apple Watch Wrong Passcode

If you forget your Apple Watch passcode and enter an incorrect passcode more than six times in the row, your Apple Watch will lock you out. You’ll then see a message that tells you to try entering your password again in a few minutes.

But what if you simply can’t remember your passcode? What then? If that’s the case, then you’ll need to erase your Apple Watch, re-pair it with your iPhone, and restore from backup. Check out our tutorial that shows you how to reset your Apple Watch from your paired iPhone or from the Apple Watch itself.

How to erase your Apple Watch from your iPhone

Reset Apple Watch

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
Step 2: Tap the My Watch tab
Step 3: Tap General
Step 4: Tap Reset
Step 5: Tap Erase All Content and Settings and confirm by tapping again

How to erase your Apple Watch without your iPhone

Step 1: Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until you see the power down menu
Step 2: Force touch the Power Off button
Step 3: Tap Erase all content and settings

Erase all content and settings Apple Watch

Keep in mind that this menu will only appear if your device is passcode locked.

You can now set up your Apple Watch from scratch using our Apple Watch pairing tutorial, and from there, restore your Apple Watch from backup when asked.

Make sure you have a look at our full Apple Watch tutorial page for details on getting more out of your Apple Watch.

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  • asch3n

    This is definitely handy in the case that the rightful owner forgets their passcode. However, I wish apple had done something similar to how it works on the iPhone where you need your Apple ID password in order to be able to wipe the device (assuming Find My iPhone is enabled). I know there is no keyboard to enter it in but they could have it prompt you on the connected iPhone to enter in the Apple ID password. I’m not a huge fan that someone could steal my watch, reset it, and then use it as their own with minimal effort.

  • NoNonsense74

    hmmm… so the theft market has a new toy to steal! Watch out guys and gals… I hope worst case nobody loses their hand during burglary …

    Apple should quickly solve this and also incorporate “find my watch” (iPhone) quickly in Watch OS 2.0 or so otherwise its a risk…big risk..