How to Reset Apple Watch Without Paired Phone and Password

There may be occasions where you need to reset your Apple Watch, but you don’t have the paired iPhone at hand, or you’ve forgotten the password. Fortunately, Apple has provided a way to do this directly from the Apple Watch itself. This article will guide you through the process step by step.

Before proceeding, it’s important to remember that resetting your Apple Watch will erase all content and settings on the device. This includes any music, data, and apps stored on the watch. However, it won’t remove Activation Lock, so if you’re planning to give away or sell your watch, make sure to remove this feature via your Apple ID account online.

Here’s how to reset your Apple Watch without the paired phone and password:

Step 1: Enter Your Apple Watch Passcode

If you’ve forgotten your passcode, you’ll need to follow these steps to remove it:

  1. Attempt to unlock your Apple Watch: When asked to enter your passcode, enter an incorrect one six times.
  2. Wait for the message: After six attempts, you’ll see a message that your Apple Watch has been locked. You should also see an option that says “Erase all content and settings.” Tap this option.

If your Apple Watch doesn’t have a passcode, skip to Step 2.

Step 2: Reset Your Apple Watch

After you’ve either entered your passcode or followed the steps above to erase the passcode, you can proceed to reset your Apple Watch:

  1. Open Settings on your Apple Watch: Tap the Settings app on the home screen of your Apple Watch. If you’re in grid view, the Settings app is a grey gear. If you’re in list view, scroll down until you see Settings.
  2. Go to General: In the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on “General.”
  3. Scroll down and tap Reset: In the General menu, scroll to the bottom and you will find the “Reset” option.
  4. Erase All Content and Settings: In the Reset menu, you’ll see an option to “Erase All Content and Settings.” Tap on it.

Step 3: Confirm the Reset

Your Apple Watch will ask you to confirm that you want to proceed, as this will delete everything on the watch and return it to factory settings. If you’re sure you want to reset the watch, confirm your choice.

The reset process may take some time, so be sure to leave your watch connected to its charger and within range of your Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

Once the reset process is complete, your Apple Watch will restart. You can then set it up as new, or pair it with a different iPhone.


Resetting an Apple Watch without the paired iPhone or password can seem complicated, but by following the steps outlined above, it becomes a manageable task. Remember that resetting your Apple Watch will erase all content and settings, so make sure this is what you want to do before proceeding. If you have any concerns or continue to experience issues, reaching out to Apple Support may be the best next step.