Apple Watch

If you lose your Apple Watch, you can lock it down so that no one else can use it.

You know how you can use Find My iPhone to protect your iPhone data and keep strangers out of it? Well, with watchOS 2, you can do the same on your Apple Watch. If your Apple Watch goes missing, you can use Activation Lock to make it impossible for anyone to un-pair it from your iPhone or pair it with a new iPhone without entering your Apple ID and password.

Activation Lock also lets you mark your Apple Watch as missing, which will disable Apple Pay on Apple Watch and require your Apple ID and password to pair it again to a new device, even if the system was erased.

How to check that Activation Lock is enabled on Apple Watch

Activation Lock is automatically turned on when you turn on Find My iPhone on your iPhone (which you should already have enabled). You can double-check to ensure it is enabled on Apple Watch.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap [Your Name]'s Apple Watch at the top of the page.

    Opening the Watch app on iPhone

  3. Tap the info icon next to your Apple Watch.

    Mark as Missing on iPhone

If you see Mark as Missing then, Activation Lock is on.

How to mark your Apple Watch as missing from your computer

If your Apple Watch is not where it should be and you can't seem to find it anywhere, you can mark it as missing, which will disable Apple Pay on the watch and lock it down so that your Apple ID and password is required to unpair it from your iPhone or pair it with another one.

  1. Navigate to iCloud.com from your computer's web browser.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Click on Settings.

    Signing into iCloud on Apple Watch

  4. Select your Apple Watch under My Devices.
  5. Click on Is this device missing?
  6. Click Mark as Missing when the pop up window appears.

    Activation Lock on Apple Watch

How to mark your Apple Watch as missing from your iPhone

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap [Your Name]'s Apple Watch at the top of the page.

    Opening the Watch app on iPhone

  3. Tap the info icon next to your Apple Watch.
  4. Tap Mark as Missing.

    Mark as Missing on iPhone

  5. Tap Unpair [Your Name]'s Apple Watch to confirm.
  6. Enter the password associated with your Apple ID.
  7. Tap Report.

    Confirming that your Apple Watch is missing

If you find your Apple Watch again, simply re-pair it with your iPhone to mark it as found.

How to turn off Activation Lock on Apple Watch from your iPhone

If you sell, give away, or bring your Apple Watch in for repairs, you must turn off Activation Lock. All you have to do is unpair it from your iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap [Your Name]'s Apple Watch at the top of the page.

    Opening the Watch app on iPhone

  3. Tap the info icon next to your Apple Watch.
  4. With your iPhone and Apple Watch close together, tap Unpair Apple Watch.

    Unpairing Apple Watch

  5. Tap Unpair [Your Name]'s Apple Watch to confirm.
  6. Enter your Apple ID and Password.
  7. Tap Unpair.

    Confirming unpairing on Apple Watch

How to turn off Activation Lock on Apple Watch from your computer

If your iPhone is not nearby, you can still unpair it from your iPhone via iCloud.com.

  1. Navigate to iCloud.com from your computer's web browser.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Click on Settings.

    Signing into iCloud on Apple Watch

  4. Select your Apple Watch under My Devices.
  5. Click on the X next to your Apple Watch to remove it.
  6. Click Remove to confirm.

    Removing a device on Apple Watch

Any questions?

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