How to Pair New Apple Watch Series 5 to Your iPhone


If you have just bought a new Apple Watch Series 5 or just upgraded from your old smartwatch to the new Apple Watch, you need to set up the new Apple Watch 5 to iPhone and unpair the old one. New Apple Watch Series has some new and upgraded features to its predecessors. Just like the new Apple Watch Series 5 that released with iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models has several new features such as always-on display, a built-in compass, and other health-tracking features. 

But to use the smartphone, you need to set up the new Apple Watch to your device and unpair the old Apple Watch if you had one. You can do it with some easy steps. So in this guide, we will walk you through how to pair the new Apple watch to your iPhone and how to erase an old Apple Watch after unpairing it.

How to Pair a New Apple Watch 5 to iPhone 

Before pairing both the devices you need to make sure they have enough battery. Battery should be enough to get the old data backup from old Apple Watch and complete the pairing process. 

Step 1 – Now, if you have got yourself a fancy band then change it by putting your Apple Watch upside down and push & hold the band button. Now slide in the new band until you hear a click. (This is only for those who have got a new band for them, otherwise, no need to do it.)

Now wear your new smartwatch and find a comfortable fit for your wrist

Step 2 – To turn on the Apple Watch push and hold the side button on the Apple Watch until an Apple logo appears on the screen. Your iPhone will show the pairing screen so, tap “Continue” on the popup.

In case, a pairing popup doesn’t appear on your iPhone then you have to open the Apple Watch and then touch on “Start Pairing”.

Step 3 – Now, blue cloud-like particles will show up on the Apple watch. Then, Apple Watch App on your iPhone will open the camera to scan those particles on the watch so place the iPhone above the watch to scan them and both devices will be paired.

Step 4 – In the next step, tap on “Set up new Apple Watch” and follow the instructions on the screens of both devices. If you want to restore the backup from old Apple Watch to the new one then tap on the “restore from backup”

How to Pair Apple Watch Series 5 to iPhone manually

If you are unable to use your iPhone’s camera for pairing or in case you don’t want to use it then you can pair the devices manually as well. 

  • Tap on “Pair Apple Watch Manually” shown at the bottom of the Apple Watch App on your iPhone. 
  • When blue cloud-like particles appear on the Apple Watch, tap the “i” icon at the right bottom of the screen and six-digit codes will be shown on the screen.
  • Enter the code on your iPhone when prompted and then your new Apple Watch Series will be paired. Then follow the steps to set up the new Apple Watch.

How to Unpair an Apple Watch from Your iPhone

Remember that unpairing your Apple Watch shall set the device to factory reset. But your iPhone creates a new backup before you unpair it. So you can use the new backup to restore it on a new Apple Watch.

Step 1 – Open Apple Watch App on your iPhone and open the “My Watch” tab from the bottom menu.

Step 2 – Tap on the “Apple Watch” shown at the top of the screen.

Step 3 – Tap on the “i” icon next to the “Apple Watch” on your iPhone.

Step 4 – Tap on “Unpair Apple Watch” and for confirmation follow the instructions and the popup that appear.

Step 5 – If you have activated a cellular plan for Apple watch then you will be asked to keep it or remove it. Then enter the Apple ID password when asked and finally your Apple Watch will be unpaired from your Apple Watch and it will be reset to factory settings.

How to Erase Your Apple Watch

If you are unable to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone or you do not own iPhone and you wish to erase the Apple Watch then, there are two ways to do it.

How to erase Apple Watch from itself: Go to Settings => General => Reset. Then tap on “Erase All Content and Settings enter the passcode to complete the process.

Erase Apple Watch from the iPhone: Launch Apple Watch App on your iPhone and select the “My Watch” tab from the bottom of the screen. Then head over to General => Reset => “Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings”.

How to Erase Apple Watch Cellular Plan: Launch Apple Watch app on the iPhone or iPad and open “My Watch” => “Cellular”. Now tap on the “i” icon next to Cellular and then tap on “remove carrier’s name plan. If this process fails, you can contact your service provider and cancel your Apple Watch cellular plan.

Final words:

So, this is how you can pair, unpair and erase your Apple Watch to your iPhone. Your data is automatically getting backed up on your iPhone when you unpair it so when you connect new Apple you get an option to restore that backup to your new Apple Watch. If you have any queries while following this guide then our technical team is always available to help you.
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