How to connect an Apple Watch to a New iPhone

How to connect an Apple Watch to a New iPhone

Before connecting your new iPhone to your Apple Watch, follow these instructions to back up your device.

  • Update your old iPhone.

Update your old iPhone to the most recent version of iOS before switching your Apple Watch to new iPhone. 
Your Apple Watch should also be updated. 
The changes could take anything from few minutes to an hour to complete. 
Check to see if both of your devices are fully charged before you begin the process of updating.
You may notice that your iPhone is currently running the latest version of iOS, but there is an available upgrade. 
Even though your iPhone is now running the most recent version of iOS 14, you may still be able to upgrade to iOS 15.
How to connect an Apple Watch to a New iPhone
  • Make sure that your settings for Health and Activity are correct.

If you use iCloud for your backups, make sure that the Health option is turned on by going to Settings [your name] iCloud.
Encrypting your backup is the best way to protect the data in your Health and Activity sections if you back it up using your computer.
iCloud will not store any of the data you share through Activity Sharing.
How to connect an Apple Watch to a New iPhone
  • Create a backup on your older iPhone.

Follow these instructions to create backup of your old iPhone either in iCloud or on your local computer. 
Additionally, your Apple Watch is backed up by your iPhone. 
Find out what information is stored.
  • Set up your brand-new iPhone

Activate your brand-new iPhone. 
The most recent iCloud or iTunes backup should be selected when asked if you have backup on your old device. 
Your backup may not be visible if your iPhone and Apple Watch are out of date; this is why it’s important to make sure they are current.
Make sure to tap “Continue” when asked whether or not you wish to use your watch. 
If it doesn’t ask, you can proceed to the next step and manually set up your Apple Watch in the process. 
If your iPhone does not prompt you to use your Apple Watch, seek assistance.
How to connect an Apple Watch to a New iPhone
  • Launch the Apple Watch app on the new iPhone you just purchased.

Maintain close proximity between your Apple Watch and your iPhone. 
On your iPhone, launch the Apple Watch application.
Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to complete the setup process for your watch if your iPhone asks you to verify that you wish to use it.
In order to configure your Apple Watch, you will need to first separate it from your iPhone by disconnecting it from any previous pairings.
Following the completion of the setup process, you will be able to begin using your Apple Watch with your new iPhone.

If you no longer have access to your previous iPhone or if you deleted it.

There’s a chance that your newer iPhone is still synced with your Apple Watch. To break the pair, follow the procedures below:
  1. Delete all of your Apple Watch data.
  2. Install the necessary software on your new iPhone, and then login in to iCloud. You can skip this step if you’ve previously established an account and signed in.
  3. Launch the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone, and then follow the on-screen instructions to link your watch with your new iPhone.
  4. Make an effort to restore from a previous backup. Be sure that both your iPhone and Apple Watch are running the most recent software; if they are not, you may find that your backup is missing from the list. All of the Activity, Workouts, and Settings on your watch that have been modified since the last time it was backed up will be deleted. If you use iCloud in iOS 11 or later, your Health and Activity data will be stored in iCloud and automatically maintained up to date on devices where you are logged in with the same Apple ID. This feature is only available for users who have upgraded to iOS 11 or later. -Make sure you select the most recent watch backup when you’re asked to restore -For those who don’t have backup of their Apple Watch, they will need to set it up from scratch.


  • To complete the setup, follow the onscreen instructions.
  • When you get new iPhone, you’ll be able to start utilizing your Apple Watch. 
    All of your iCloud data may take few days to emerge.

The data you share using iCloud is not stored in iCloud.


To be clear, if you’re still using your old iPhone and haven’t deleted it.

Remove your Apple Watch from your previous iPhone. 
Then, depending on when you plan to set up your new iPhone, pick one of the following options:
  1. Pair your new iPhone with your old one if you restored it from a recent backup. If you don’t see your backup on the list, check to see if your iPhone and Apple Watch are up to date. When prompted, use a watch backup to restore from. Depending on how old the backup is, you may lose current Activity, Workouts, or settings data..
  2. It’s a good idea to delete your new iPhone if your iPhone backup is older than a few days or weeks. Finally, move all of your content from your old iPhone to the new one. It’s possible that you’ll lose some data when you upgrade to a new iPhone. The Apple Watch and iPhone must be paired again.

If you are having trouble pairing your Apple Watch, follow these steps.

Whenever your Apple Watch displays the white Apple logo on black screen, follow these instructions:

  1. Make strong press or hold on the Digital Crown after your watch has restarted
  2. Press the Reset button on your device.
  3. You can connect your watch to your iPhone after it has been reset. 
    Using the iPhone’s screen, follow the on-screen directions after placing it near your timepiece.
    How to connect an Apple Watch to a New iPhone

You won’t be prompted to utilize your Apple Watch when setting up your iPhone if it doesn’t ask you.

You must first remove the Apple Watch from the previous iPhone in order to pair it with the new device. 
If prompted, you should restore your Apple Watch from previous backup. 
Be sure that both your iPhone and Apple Watch are running the most recent software; if they are not, you may find that your backup is missing from the list.

Health and Activity data might not be there if you transferred your files from your old iPhone to your new one through PC.

As long as you’re connected to Wi-Fi and signed into iCloud on both your old and new iPhone, the data in Health will sync automatically. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud on both your old and new iPhones and make sure that Health is turned on.

Try restoring from a PC backup of your old iPhone if you don’t utilize iCloud. A new iCloud or encrypted computer backup should be made for old iPhones that haven’t been deleted. Then use the updated backup to restore your new iPhone. Re-pair your iPhone and Apple Watch. Make sure your backup is encrypted if you’re using a PC. Recovery of Health and Activity data is impossible without an old iPhone or the ability to back it up.

Orizu Augustine
Orizu Augustine is an experienced crypto writer working for Alltechcraft. Having passion for writing, he covers news articles from blockchain to cryptocurrency and iPhone and Samsung related articles.