Connect Apple Watch to New iPhone: Ready to upgrade from your Apple Watch Series 7 to Series 8 or SE second generation ? Or maybe you just want to connect your old smartwatch to your new iPhone? Below, we’ll show you how to easily connect your new or old Apple Watch to iPhone without data loss. Let’s talk about the new method available in iOS 16.

Apple Watch data is automatically backed up to your iPhone when you connect your smartwatch to it. However, you can’t manually back up your Apple Watch. You can’t even check when the last copy was saved.

First you need to make sure that the current data from the Apple Watch is really backed up, and only then move on to the new ones.

According to Apple, Apple Watch backups don’t store your Bluetooth connection history, Apple Pay card details, Apple Watch password, or your messages.

How to Connect Apple Watch to New iPhone with iOS 16

iOS 16 adds a handy new way to unpair your Apple Watch from your old iPhone and connect it to your new one.

  1. Make sure your new iPhone is set up and backed up. Or you did a “Quick Transfer” from your old iPhone.
  2. Your Apple Watch must be on your wrist (with the password entered).
  3. A message should appear on the smart watch: “Connect Apple Watch to a new iPhone?”.
  4. Click OK.
  5. The watch can not even be removed from the wrist during the transfer process. After the transfer, even the progress of the training and activity of the current day will be saved.

If this method is not available to you for some reason, follow the instructions below.

Connect Apple Watch to New iPhone
Connect Apple Watch to New iPhone

Connecting your Apple Watch using a backup

  1. If you’re moving to a new iPhone, set it up first and restore your data from a copy.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone to start connecting.
  3. Turn on your Apple Watch, which should display a connection code, and follow the instructions.
  4. Restore your Apple Watch from a copy by choosing the latest one.
  5. If no backups are available, create a new one using the method at the end of the article.

Connecting a new Apple Watch to a new iPhone

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Select “All Clocks” in the top left corner.
  3. Select Add Clock.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  5. An option to restore a copy from the old watch to the new one should appear.

How to back up your Apple Watch

If you do not have backups available for recovery, you need to create a new one. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Put your Apple Watch next to your old iPhone.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. At the top, click “All Watches”, select your smart watch, and then click the “i” icon on the right.
  4. Click Unlink Apple Watch. In the process, your Apple Watch will keep a fresh backup on your iPhone.
  5. Follow the instructions to completely untie the smart watch.
  6. Create a fresh backup of your old iPhone and restore it to your new iPhone.
  7. Open the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone to connect your new smartwatch.
  8. Turn on your new Apple Watch with the pairing code and follow the on-screen instructions.
  9. When prompted, restore your data from the most recent copy of your Apple Watch.

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