How do you switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone? It's easy!

If you're the lucky owner of a new iPhone 7, you may be wondering what to do about your Apple Watch. For those unfamiliar, while Apple's smartwatch accesses much of its information from iCloud, it backs up Health data, app data, and the like to its paired iPhone. If you're switching from an older iPhone to a new 7 or 7 Plus, you're going to need to get that data off if you don't want to set up your Apple Watch as new. Here's how!

How to switch your Apple Watch backup from your old iPhone to new iPhone

  1. Go to the Apple Watch app on your old iPhone and tap My Watch > Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Unpair Apple Watch to remove and delete your Apple Watch pairing from your old iPhone. This will back up your iPhone and also restore your Apple Watch to factory settings.

  3. Once the Apple Watch has been removed and reboots to the language screen, tap your language of choice.
  4. Now, make a backup of your old iPhone.
  5. When setting up your new iPhone, restore from that iCloud or iTunes backup.
  6. Open the Apple Watch app on the new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus and begin the pairing process.
  7. Once paired, tap Restore from Backup.
  8. Select the most recent backup of your Apple Watch.

  9. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  10. Sign in to your Apple ID.
  11. Press OK after learning about Shared Settings.
  12. Create a passcode on your Apple Watch.

  13. Choose whether or not to unlock your watch with your iPhone.
  14. Set up Apple Pay.
  15. Your watch will then finish the sync. It may take up to a half-hour for your data to be restored.

How to switch your Apple Watch from your old iPhone to new iPhone without a backup

If you don't care about the data on your old Apple Watch and want to start from scratch on your new iPhone 6s—or you don't have a backup of your old phone—here's how to go about it.

  1. Reset your watch to factory defaults by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content on your Apple Watch.
  2. Once the Apple Watch has been restored and reboots to the language screen, tap your language of choice.
  3. Open the Apple Watch app on the new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus and begin the pairing process.
  4. Once paired, tap Set Up as New Apple Watch.

  5. Choose either left or right so Apple Watch knows what wrist you're wearing it on.
  6. Tap Agree on the iTunes agreement.
  7. Log in to your Apple ID when prompted.
  8. Tap OK after reading the information on Location Services.
  9. Tap OK after reading the information on Siri.
  10. Tap OK after reading the information on Diagnostics.
  11. Choose a passcode for your Apple Watch. You can also choose a long passcode for more security if you prefer. You'll need to enter the passcode on your Apple Watch, not your iPhone.

  12. Choose whether or not you want your iPhone to unlock your Apple Watch as well.
  13. Choose whether or not you want to automatically install all available apps. If you choose no, you can manually install whatever app you'd like later with the Apple Watch app.
  14. Let your Apple Watch finish syncing. When it's done, you'll be good to go!

Questions?

Any problems or questions with getting your Apple Watch working with your new iPhone? If so, let me know!