Ready to switch from your Series 5 or earlier Apple Watch to your new Series 6? Or maybe you’re upgrading to the SE or Series 5 from an older model? Follow along for how to upgrade to your new Apple Watch Series 6 without losing data.
Apple Watch backups are a bit trickier than iPhone backups. That’s because they happen automatically and are saved on the iPhone your Apple Watch is paired with but there’s no place in Settings to manually back up your Apple Watch or see when the last automatic backup was.
Read on for how to make sure your Apple Watch is backed up and you’re all set to upgrade to your new one.
Keep in mind if you’re upgrading to a new iPhone 12 as well, you’ll want to take care of that first.
Apple notes that these items are not included with Apple Watch backups: Bluetooth pairings, credit or debit cards used for Apple Pay, Apple Watch passcode, and Messages.
If you’re upgrading your Apple Watch but not your iPhone, you can choose to unpair your current watch from your iPhone and pair the new one or pair your new watch as a second Apple Watch with your iPhone (read more below on how to unpair / pair a second Apple Watch).
Because an Apple Watch backup doesn’t happen with every iCloud or Mac/PC backup with your iPhone, you may want to force an Apple Watch backup per Apple:
As shown above, you can also hit the “Pair New Watch” button if you want to add your new Apple Watch as a second one as opposed to only having one paired watch.
Apple Watch is Apple’s wearable is designed to help you stay active, motivated, and connected. It runs watchOS, and it comes in 40mm and 44mm size options.
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