Ultimate Guide to Backup & Restore Apple Watch

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

“How can I take a backup of my Apple Watch hassle-free”?

Got a brand-new Apple watch that is the latest in the market? Else is your Apple watch that you use at present needs a reset? Is your workout data like Heart rate, ECG stored in your previous watch that you need the next time you go for the gym? Are you a business expert who needs contacts, mail details stored in your last Apple watch? Want to know how to backup your Apple watch? Need to restore your Apple watch from the backup? You are at the right place where today’s article is exclusively for your assistance.

Part 1: How to backup Apple Watch?

1. What does Apple watch include and not include?

An Apple watch is a complete package with a collection of useful apps. It has applications like

  • • Activity that tracks your daily activity and alarm,
  • • App Store from where you can purchase apps, audiobooks, breathe to breathe mindfully,
  • • Calculator, calendar, and camera,
  • • Find people to track your friend’s location,
  • • Heart rate, home, mail, maps, messages, music, news, now playing, photos, phone, podcasts, radio, settings, stocks, stopwatch, timer, wallet, voice memos, weather, workout, and world clock.

While all the above options are present in a common Apple Watch, some specific features and apps are present in particular models only, like Noise and ECG are available only in series 4 and later models. Similarly, Compass comes up in Apple watch series 5 only.

When you are backing up Apple Watch, the backup file would include general system settings like face, wi-fi networks, sound, brightness, and haptic settings. Language, time zone, settings of mail, calendar, stocks, weather, distance, units, maps, Health and fitness data, history, and manually entered data.

Playlists synced with the watch, passcode of the watch, credit, debit card information of the Google Play, Bluetooth pairings, workout, and activity calibration data will not include in the backup file.

2. How to backup Apple Watch?

Method 1

Similar to iPhone, backup needs to be done for Apple watch as well. Whatever your Apple watch model can be, the backup becomes an easy one with the extension of your iPhone? Want to know how? Without any external device, just by pairing your iPhone and Apple Watch, one can backup the Apple watch. Here is a detailed guide.

Note: Before pairing the devices, you have to wear your watch on the wrist. Then press, and hold the side button on Apple Watch until you see the Apple logo.

Step 1: Pair your Apple Watch and iPhone

Bring your iPhone nearer o the watch. You will now be able to see the Apple watch pairing screen to appear on the iPhone. Tap on the “Continue” option.

Another option is to open the watch application on your iPhone and select your “Apple Watch” under the “My Watch” menu. Click on the “Pair new watch” option.

Step 2: Now position your iPhone and align it so that your viewfinder or the camera gets the apple watch image, and it appears on the screen.

pairing of iphone and apple watch

Both the devices are now paired. You can see your watch name under the “Apple Watch” section of your iPhone.

Step 3: Now, in iPhone, execute iPhone>General>Reset>Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings” option.

erase content in apple watch

Now, enter your Apple ID password to disable the “Find my Apple watch” feature.

unpairing the apple watch

Step 4: Now, wait until your Apple watch gets unpaired from the iPhone. On successful accomplishment, the welcome screen appears on the Apple watch.

Step 5: Now, the backup of Apple Watch is complete. You can verify it by executing Settings>General>iPhone Storage> Watch.

backed up apple watch data

Backing up Apple Watch to iCloud is also a good option. To do so, on your iPhone, go to Settings>your name>Backup and wipe over the iCloud backup option.

icloud backup of iphone

Part 2: How to restore Apple Watch from backup?

If you have a new Apple Watch or replaced it with another one, it is usual that one always wishes to restore Apple Watch backup. Like said in the last session, when you unpair your iPhone device, your Apple Watch will automatically make a backup that you can restore when needed.

Note: Before restoring the data, make sure you have unpaired the Apple watch the last time successfully.

Step 1: Open your iPhone device. Tap on the “Watch” app.

Like the pairing done for backup process in the before part, do the same if the pairing doesn't happen automatically, click on the "Start pairing" option, and pair it with your new Apple Watch.

Step 2: Once the devices are paired, tap on the “Restore from Backup” button.

Step 3: From the previous backups, click the most recent one with which you wish to restore your Apple Watch.

restore apple watch backup

The process will get complete in a while and make sure that both the devices are close enough to be connected. You successfully restored Apple Watch from backup.

Part 3: How to delete Apple Watch backup?

Do you no longer want your old Apple watch backup? You don't you delete the older backups that are stored locally on your iPhone device. If you restore your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud, your Apple watch backup would be available in your cloud account or PC.

The Apple Watch backup file would accommodate a few hundred kilobytes, and hence if you need to clean the space up, you can delete the old Apple Watch backup with the below manual.

Step 1: Go to the “Settings” page on your iPhone device.

Step 2: Switch over to the “General” section and navigate to the “iPhone Storage” option. Hit on it while the data will load in seconds.

Step 3: Scroll down the apps from where you can find the “Watch” folder. Hit on it, and you will be able to see the previous backup files under the “Documents & Data” section.

Step 4: Swipe over from right o left that will delete the file. Else hit on the “Remove All Backups” button that would delete the previous Apple Watch backup.

delete apple watch backup

If you delete Apple watch backup, it can save several hundred megabytes of space on your iPhone as duplicates files will eliminate.


Thus, if the next time you are about to back up your Apple Watch, make sure you use these hassle-free techniques that are more useful. Lastly, recommend this article to your friends and colleagues as well.

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