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How to back up your Apple Watch

Luckily, Apple does most of the work for you.
December 23, 2022

No one wants to start from scratch when upgrading their wearable. Apple preserves your data with an automatic backup. Then, restore your preferred settings and other information when you pair a new device. Find out everything you need to know about backing up your Apple Watch.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Apple Watches


Apple automatically backs up your watch continuously so your data is always available if needed. When you unpair your device, a fresh set of data will be automatically saved as well.


How to back up your Apple Watch

An Apple Watch user resets their Apple Watch SE 2.
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When it comes to backing up your Apple wearable, it couldn’t be easier. Your data is automatically backed up to your paired iPhone continuously throughout your use. There are no steps necessary to back up your data yourself.

When you unpair your device, it is completely backed up again to ensure the most recent data is saved. If you manage a watch for a family member without an iPhone via Family Setup, the device’s data backs up directly to iCloud.

How to restore data on a new Apple Watch

When you repair your Apple Watch with the same iPhone or pair a new one with your phone, you can choose to restore your data during the setup process. This will sync your old data to the new device.

  • Begin the pairing process in the Watch app on your iPhone.
  • When prompted, tap Restore from Backup.
  • Select a backup by tapping one of the options listed, then tap Continue.
  • Finish setting up your device according to the onscreen directions.

Will my device back up all data?

An Apple Watch SE 2 user restores their data from a backup.
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With a few noteworthy exceptions, the majority of your data will be backed up. Information that won’t be saved includes Bluetooth pairings, credit or debit cards used for Apple Pay, your device passcode, and Messages. Below is a list of the data Apple does back up.

  • App-specific data for native apps
  • Settings for native and third-party apps
  • App layout
  • Dock settings
  • General system settings
  • Health and Fitness data
  • Notification settings
  • Playlists, albums, mixes, and Music settings
  • Siri Voice Feedback settings
  • Synced photo album 
  • Time Zone
  • Watch face settings


To view the date of your watch’s last backup, open the Settings app on your paired iPhone then tap General>iPhone Storage>Watch.

To unpair your device, open the Watch app and tap All Watches>infoUnpair Apple Watch and confirm when prompted. For more details read our guide for resetting your device.