So, you got a new watch for the holidays and want to make sure to transfer your information to you new watch from your old watch.
In the end, the process takes a while and you should take the time needed to accomplish it. Don’t plan on cracking open your new watch, transferring the data and be ready in 10 minutes or less.
Apple has put together several different pages which do not make the process very clear.
According to Apple, “Apple Watch content backs up automatically to your companion iPhone, so you can restore your Apple Watch from a backup. When you back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, your iPhone backup will also include your Apple Watch data.”
You can read these different Apple pages to get a sense of the process. However, plan on spending at least an hour to make sure it is right.
If your watch uses cellular data, the directions may be slightly different.
Make sure you have your iCloud password, your iPhone near, your watch and phone charger and have made a back up of your iPhone in case something goes wrong.
The Apple pages describe the process as follows:
- Update the iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Backup Your Apple Watch
- Unpair Watch – Backs Up (cellular choose to keep your plan)
- Back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- Switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone
- Set up your Apple Watch
In English, on your iPhone,
- tap Watch app
- Tap your Watch Name
- Tap on the “I” next to the watch
- Tap Unpair Apple Watch – The process is supposed to make a back up to your iPhone.
- You may need to type in your iCloud Password.
- The unpair process begins – it may take a while.
When its finished, you can Start Pairing with your new watch.
- Start pairing process
- You should be presented with choice of Restore from Backup or Set up as New Apple Watch.
- Choose Restore from Backup
- Choose the Backup you want from the choices presented
- Type in your iCloud password if needed.
You may need to transfer additional content like music and some apps to your watch even after the initial re-pairing.
Indeed, I found that some apps needed to be uninstalled from the iPhone and then reinstalled to work properly. e.g. Nike+ Run Club. Make sure to save the data if requested.