How do I get around an Apple Watch locked to its owner?

Answered by Frank Schwing

To get around an Apple Watch that is locked to its owner, you will need to unpair the watch from their iPhone. Here are the steps you can follow:

1. Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together: Make sure both devices are in close proximity to ensure a stable connection during the unpairing process.

2. Open the Watch app on your iPhone: Locate and open the Watch app on your iPhone’s home screen. The app icon resembles a white outline of an Apple Watch on a black background.

3. Tap the My Watch tab: At the bottom of the Watch app, you will find several tabs. Tap on the “My Watch” tab to access the settings specific to your Apple Watch.

4. Tap Apple Watch: In the My Watch tab, you will see a list of options and settings related to your Apple Watch. Look for the entry labeled “Apple Watch” and tap on it to open its settings.

5. Tap Unpair Apple Watch: Within the Apple Watch settings, you will find an option labeled “Unpair Apple Watch.” Tap on this option to initiate the unpairing process.

6. Enter your Apple ID password: To confirm the unpairing, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID password. This step is necessary to ensure that only the rightful owner can unpair the Apple Watch from their iPhone.

7. Reset Apple ID password if needed: If you have forgotten your Apple ID password, you can reset it by following the on-screen instructions. This will help you regain access to your account and proceed with the unpairing process.

8. Tap again to confirm: After entering your Apple ID password, you will be asked to confirm the unpairing. Tap on the confirmation prompt to finalize the unpairing process.

It’s worth noting that unpairing the Apple Watch from its original owner’s iPhone will remove all data and settings associated with that specific pairing. This means that any personalized settings, apps, and data will be erased from the watch. Once unpaired, the Apple Watch can be set up as a new device by a different user.

Unpairing an Apple Watch locked to its owner involves using the Watch app on the owner’s iPhone. By following the steps outlined above, you can successfully unpair the watch and regain control over it.