Most Apple Watch owners do not know how to back up their Apple Watch, and Apple does not clarify how that process would be carried out. Read as we will guide you to make a backup of your Apple Watch.
This will be especially useful if you are looking to update your iPhone in the short term. Your iPhone automatically backs up your Apple Watch, but it is not clear when or how often a backup is made. This guide will show you how to force your Apple Watch to make a backup.
How to make a backup of your Apple Watch
- To make a backup of your Apple Watch, you will need to wear your Apple Watch and it must be within the Bluetooth range of your iPhone. Once this is done, you will have to go to the Watch application on your iPhone> General> Reset> Delete content and Apple Watch settings. Unlike the iPhone or iPad, Apple Watch, unfortunately, does not make backups every day.
- You would be prompt to enter your Apple ID password to disable Find My Apple Watch, and if you have an Apple 3 Series Watch with LTE, you will have to choose whether to keep or delete your cell phone plan. You will want to keep it if you are merely updating your iPhone and remove it if you are getting rid of your Apple Watch, for example.
- From there, you must wait for your watch to be completely disabled from your iPhone and wait for it to display the welcome screen on your Apple Watch.
- Once this is done, your Apple Watch is ultimately backed up on your iPhone. You can verify that a backup was made by going to Settings> General> iPhone Storage> View. In Documents & Data, you should see the name of your Apple Watch, along with the date of your last backup.
- You will need to back up your iPhone in iCloud to keep the Apple Watch backup; this is especially important when you are looking to update or delete your iPhone. To back up your iPhone to iCloud, go to Settings> tap the Apple ID card at the top> iCloud> iCloud Backup> Backup now. If you delete your iPhone without making a backup, you will lose the backup of your Apple Watch, since the backup is stored on the iPhone and only synchronizes with iCloud when your iPhone goes back.
While the process can be cumbersome and annoying, it is the only way you can back up your Apple Watch at this time. In the future, we would like to see some night backup (possibly a backup while it is in the boot), or a way to make a manual backup of the Watch through software. While most users will not need to do this often, it is necessary if you are looking to update or change your iPhone for any reason, such as receiving a restored iPhone when you send your device to repair it. Or in the worst case, you lose your iPhone or your Apple Watch.
However, this is the way to do it. Make sure you have an hour or so of your time to remove the pairing and pairing of your Apple Watch. This is a tedious process and can take a long time depending on the Apple Watch model you have, especially if you have the first generation. Series 0 Apple Watch.