Forgot Apple Watch Passcode? Here’s How to Reset It

Jul 30, 2021 - 1 Comment

Forgot Apple Watch Passcode? How to Reset It

Did you manage to accidentally lose or forget your Apple Watch passcode? Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. You can get back full access to your Apple Watch by simply resetting it and you can do this right from your paired iPhone.

Passcodes certainly protect your devices from unauthorized access and break-ins, but there are rare situations where you could forget your passcode and lose access to your device completely. This could be an issue for people who own multiple devices like the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, etc. when they use a different passcode on all of them. Sometimes, when you start using a device again after so long, you may have trouble remembering what passcode you used last time.

Of course, there’s no way you’re unlocking your Apple Watch if you lose your passcode. You’ll need to erase all the content on your watch before you can access it again. So, read on to learn how you reset your Apple Watch.

How to Reset an Apple Watch Passcode

Resetting an Apple Watch is actually pretty simple and straightforward, but keep in mind that you’ll lose all the data stored on your watch. Just follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Launch the Watch app from the home screen of your paired iPhone.

  2. This will take you to the “My Watch” section. Here, tap on “General” as shown in the screenshot below to proceed.

    How to Reset Apple Watch Passcode
  3. Next, scroll down to the very bottom in General settings and tap on “Reset”.

    How to Reset Apple Watch Passcode
  4. Now, you’ll find the option to reset your Apple Watch right at the top. Tap on “Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings” to continue.

    How to Reset Apple Watch Passcode
  5. When you’re prompted to confirm your action, tap on “Erase All Content and Settings” to initiate the reset process.

    How to Reset Apple Watch Passcode

There you go. Now you’ve learned how to reset your Apple Watch within minutes.

Once your Apple Watch is erased, you’ll need to go through the initial Apple Watch set-up and pairing process with your iPhone again from the Watch app. This is because all the content and settings stored on your Apple Watch has been permanently erased, including the passcode you forgot. You’ll be able to set a new passcode during the set-up process.

There’s one other way that you can use to reset your Apple Watch and this doesn’t require your iPhone. That’s right, you can perform this directly on your Apple Watch. Simply press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch to bring up the shutdown screen. Here, force press on the Power Off slider and you’ll get the option to erase all content and settings. Once the Apple Watch is erased, you’d have to set it up from a backup again.

Resetting a passcode on Apple Watch is a bit different from the process of resetting other forgotten passwords on other Apple devices, but the end result is the same in that you’ll regain access to your device when you go through the whole process.

We hope you were able to reset your Apple Watch and set a new passcode that you wouldn’t easily forget. How long did the entire process take? Do you think Apple should make this easier, like give users the option to reset the passcode with their Apple ID login details? Let us know your opinions and share your experiences in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Apple Watch, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. Levi says:

    or before you erase the content, you can try to unpair first your Apple Watch and it will request you to sign out your Apple ID acct, to prevent activation lock in your Apple Watch when you attempt to pair it again. anyway when you unpair the apple watch to your iPhone it will automatically restore to its factory setting.

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