Activation lock on Apple Watch is activated automatically when you turn on Find My Service on the paired iPhone. This ensures that no one else can set it up with their iPhone if your watch is ever lost or stolen. However, when sending your laptop for service or planning to send it to a new owner, it is important to disable the activation lock. Let me tell you how to remove the activation lock on your Apple Watch.
Check if Apple Watch Activation Lock is enabled or not
- To open See app on the paired iPhone and make sure you are in My watch category.
- Press All watches from top left.
- Press the info button (I), next to your watch name.
- Do you see the option ̵
In case it is not, follow this simple guide to turn on Find My iPhone, which automatically activates the activation lock for the paired Apple Watch and AirPods.
Note: If you do not have an iPhone, you can go to iCloud.com on a computer and sign in with your Apple ID. Then click Find iPhone → All devices. If you see the Apple Watch listed here, it means that the activation lock is in action.
How to remove activation lock on Apple Watch using paired iPhone
When you disconnect the Apple Watch using the Watch app, it removes the activation lock. It will also create the backup so that you can restore it later and have all your data.
In our easy-to-follow guide, we’ve mentioned two ways to disconnect your Apple Watch. Be sure to follow the first method listed there.
Once you have completed the process, the Apple Watch will be internally new. You can now connect it to another iPhone, sell it or give it to someone without worries.
How to bypass activation lock from Apple Watch without iPhone
If you do not have access to the Apple Watch or the paired iPhone, you can use iCloud to remove the activation lock remotely. This is how.
- Go to iCloud.com on a computer and sign in with your Apple ID.
- click on Find iPhone.
- Click on the top center All devices and then select yours Apple watch.
- click on Delete Apple Watch. Follow the instructions on the screen.
- Finally, click cross icon (x) next to the Apple Watch.
These are the two ways to remove the activation lock from the Apple Watch. We have a separate post where we talk about how you can get around it on iPhone and iPad.
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