Make and restore an Apple Watch backup

Are you switching to a newer Apple Watch model? Then, of course, you want to include all your settings and preferences. This is how you make a backup of your Apple Watch.

Make Apple Watch backup

The Apple Watch is an extension of your iPhone and therefore the device plays a major role in making a backup. In fact, when you make a backup via iCloud or iTunes, the data from the smartwatch is automatically saved. It is therefore only possible to back up your Apple Watch by disconnecting it. This is how you do it:

  1. Go to the Watch app on your iPhone and make sure the watch is connected via Bluetooth;
  2. Select your watch in the ‘My Watch’ tab;
  3. Tap the ‘i’ icon next to the watch that you want to remove and choose ‘Disconnect Apple Watch’;
  4. Optionally, enter your Apple ID password to confirm your choice and wait until the welcome screen appears.

Make and restore Apple Watch backup

The smartwatch is now disconnected from the phone and a backup has been made. On your iPhone, you can check whether it has worked. Go to the Settings app, choose ‘General’, ‘iPhone storage’ and tap ‘Watch’. Here is (if successful) the backup just made.

By default, backup stores all relevant data, such as app settings, watch face preferences, notification settings, Siri data, and more. Only Bluetooth links and the access code for the Apple Watch are not included.

Restore Apple Watch backup

When you use the Apple Watch it is not necessary to make backups manually. This is especially useful when, for example, you sell your old watch and switch to a newer version. Restoring an Apple Watch backup is very easy:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap on ‘Start link’;
  2. During installation, you will be asked whether you want to start with a fresh start or restore a backup. Choose the second option;
  3. Then select which backup you want to restore and wait a moment.

More about the Apple Watch

Is your watch emptying faster and faster? Then check here how to extend the battery life of your Apple Watch. Or has the clock not been that fast lately? Then read our article about how to make a slow Apple Watch faster.

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