How to Pair My Apple Watch to My New Phone

Upgrading to a new phone is an exciting experience, but it can also present challenges, especially if you have accompanying gadgets like the Apple Watch. This article simplifies the process of pairing your Apple Watch with your new iPhone, ensuring a seamless transition.

Understanding the Pairing Mechanism

Apple Watch relies on a Bluetooth connection to sync with your iPhone. It fetches notifications, app data, and other relevant details through this connection. However, when you change your phone, you need to re-establish this connection with the new device.

Preparation Steps Before Pairing

  1. Backup Data on Old iPhone: Before starting, ensure that your old iPhone has recently backed up to iCloud. This backup ensures you don’t lose your Apple Watch settings and app data.
  2. Ensure Software Compatibility: Both your new iPhone and Apple Watch should run on the latest software. Head to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone and ‘General’ on your Apple Watch to check for updates.
  3. Keep Devices Charged: Ensure both your Apple Watch and new iPhone have sufficient battery life. It’s recommended to have at least 50% charge.

Pairing Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone

  1. Unpair from Old iPhone: Before pairing with a new iPhone, you must unpair from the previous one. On your old iPhone:
    • Open the ‘Watch’ app.
    • Choose ‘My Watch’ tab and select the Apple Watch you wish to unpair.
    • Tap the ‘i’ icon next to the watch details.
    • Select ‘Unpair Apple Watch.’ Confirm the action.
  2. Set Up New iPhone: Ensure your new iPhone is turned on, set up, and running on the same Wi-Fi network as the old iPhone.
  3. Start Pairing Process:
    • Turn on your Apple Watch.
    • Bring it close to your new iPhone until you see a pairing animation on the iPhone.
    • When prompted, tap ‘Continue’ on the iPhone.
  4. Restore from Backup:
    • After initiating the pairing process, choose to restore your Apple Watch from a backup.
    • Select the latest backup from your list.
  5. Follow On-Screen Instructions: Complete the setup by following on-screen prompts which will include setting up features like ‘Apple Pay’.

Possible Hitches and Solutions

  • Failed Pairing: If the pairing doesn’t initiate, restart both devices and attempt again.
  • Missing Backup: If you don’t see the latest backup, ensure your old iPhone is updated with a recent iCloud backup.


  • Q: Can I pair my Apple Watch with multiple iPhones?
    • A: No. The Apple Watch can be paired with only one iPhone at a time. To use it with another iPhone, you must unpair and then re-pair.
  • Q: What happens to the data on my Apple Watch when I unpair it?
    • A: When you unpair your Apple Watch, all its content gets erased. However, the data is stored in the backup on your iPhone.
  • Q: I don’t have my old iPhone anymore. Can I still pair my Apple Watch with the new one?
    • A: Yes. If you can’t access your old iPhone, you can manually reset your Apple Watch by going to ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ > ‘Reset’ on the watch.
  • Q: How do I ensure that my Apple Watch’s health data gets transferred to the new iPhone?
    • A: Health data is stored in the iCloud backup. Ensure you’ve backed up your old iPhone to iCloud, and the health data will be restored when setting up the new phone.

In Conclusion

The excitement of getting a new iPhone shouldn’t be dampened by the worry of pairing your Apple Watch. By following this comprehensive guide, the transition becomes smooth, and in no time, your wrist companion will be synced, ensuring you stay connected and updated.