How to Reset Apple Watch Series 5, 6, SE, 7: A Comprehensive Guide

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Learn how to Reset Apple Watch Series 5, 6, SE, and 7 using either your connected iPhone or the watch itself. To ensure a successful reset, follow our step-by-step guide.


Resetting your Apple Watch Series 5, 6, SE, or 7 may be necessary for many different kinds of reasons, including selling it, having technical issues, or simply wanting a new start. We will lead you through two approaches in this guide: using your paired iPhone or performing a direct reset on the watch. Remember that using your iPhone not only resets the watch but also creates a backup, whereas using the watch directly restores it to factory settings without producing a backup.

How to Reset Using Your Paired iPhone

If you have your paired iPhone available, this method offers a seamless process to reset your Apple Watch.

  • Prepare Your Devices: Make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone are close together.
  • Open Apple Watch App: Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap “All Watches” at the top left corner of the screen.
  • Select Your Watch: Find the watch you want to unpair and tap the info button next to it.
  • Unpair Apple Watch: Tap “Unpair Apple Watch.” If you have a GPS plus cellular model, decide whether to keep or remove your cellular plan. Confirm the unpairing process.
  • Enter Apple ID Password: If prompted, enter your Apple ID password and confirm the unpairing. Your iPhone will create a backup of your watch before erasing it.
  • Backup for Family Member’s Watch: If you’re erasing a family member’s watch paired with your iPhone, it will back up to iCloud instead.

Resetting Directly on the Watch

In situations where your iPhone is not available, you can reset your Apple Watch directly from the watch itself.

  • Access Settings: Open the “Settings” app on your Apple Watch.
  • Navigate to General: Scroll down and tap on “General.”
  • Choose Reset: Tap “Reset” and then “Erase All Content and Settings.”
  • Enter Passcode: If prompted, enter your passcode. For GPS plus cellular models, decide whether to keep or remove your cellular plan.
  • Confirm Reset: Tap “Erase All” to confirm. The watch will be restored to factory settings, but keep in mind that this method doesn’t create a backup or remove activation lock.
  • Restore Factory Settings: Once the process completes, your Apple Watch will be reset to its factory settings.


Q: Can I reset my Apple Watch without using an iPhone? A: Yes, you can perform a direct reset on the watch itself by navigating through the settings.

Q: Will resetting my watch remove activation lock? A: If you reset your watch using the paired iPhone, activation lock will be removed. However, if you reset directly on the watch, activation lock will remain.

Q: Can I reset a family member’s watch using my iPhone? A: Yes, but the watch’s data will back up to iCloud instead of your iPhone.

Q: Do I need to enter my passcode during the reset process? A: Yes, if prompted, you’ll need to enter your passcode to proceed with the reset.

Q: How long does the backup process take? A: The backup process before erasing can take some time, depending on your watch’s data.

Q: Can I pair the watch with a new iPhone after resetting? A: Yes, after resetting, you can pair your Apple Watch with your existing iPhone or a new one.

Conclusion to Reset Apple Watch Series

Resetting your Apple Watch Series 5, 6, SE, or 7 might help you overcome numerous issues and start over. Following these step-by-step instructions will ensure a successful reset process, whether you choose to reset via your associated iPhone or directly on the watch itself. If you pick the iPhone way, remember to back up your watch’s data, and be prepared for a clean slate with factory settings if you choose the direct reset.

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