Everyone with an Apple Watch almost certainly has important and personal information stored on the portable device. Fortunately, Apple provides many security features to protect this data.
Today we will take a look at one of the most important security features available and show you how to unlock and unlock Apple Watch.
How to Lock Apple Watch
Passcode lock for Apple Watch is just like the function used on an iPhone or iPad. You must enter a password code on the screen of your portable device to unlock it for use.
The first option to select a password is during the Apple Watch installation process. If you added credit card information for Apple Pay, it is necessary to choose a password to keep Apple Watch locked while not in use. This can be a simple four-digit password, or anywhere from five to ten digits.
If you ever want to add or reset your PIN, just go to Settings> Passcode on Apple Watch. You can also go to the companion Apple Watch app on your iOS device and select the Password in the My Watch tab.
First, enter the current password, if applicable. Enter the new password on the Apple Watch screen twice for confirmation.
In the same menu, you can also find the setting to disable passcode lock. This is not recommended as all your data will be available to anyone with access to the watch.
Make sure the Apple Watch is locked
With a passcode set, you have two ways to ensure that the Apple Watch is locked.
The safest option is with the automatic wrist detection feature. To enable this, go to Settings> Passcode> Wrist Detection on the clock, or Passcode> Wrist Detection in the Apple Watch app.
This setting automatically locks the Apple Watch when you are not using it, thanks to the built-in sensors. Unlock Apple Watch by putting it on your wrist and entering your password. The great advantage of this feature is that you only need to enter your Apple Watch password once a day when you turn it on in the morning.
Even better, turning on Wrist Detection will help improve battery life. It must also be enabled for the clock to track background frequency readings and tripod activity ring.
If you choose not to enable that feature, you still have a way to manually lock Apple Watch. Push up from any clock face to bring up the Control Center and select the icon Lock .
Those affected should look at more Apple Watch security tipsfor even more protection.
How to unlock an Apple Watch
After entering a password, you can unlock the Apple Watch by simply entering the password on the screen of the device.
Alternatively, there's an easier way to always have an unlocked Apple Watch ready to go. You need to go to the Apple Watch app, navigate to My Watch> Passcode and select Unlock with iPhone .
With this setting on, unlocking the iPhone (even Touch ID or Face ID) will always unlock the Apple Watch – as long as you wear it.
What to do when not unlocking Apple Watch
You may also find yourself in a situation where the Apple Watch will not unlock. The most likely reason is that you forgot the password you entered for the device. But don't worry: there is some hope in this situation.
Maybe you saved your password in a safe place; Using a password manager is a great way to do this. Be sure to take a look at some of the best password managers for your iPhoneif you haven't configured one yet.
If you cannot find the correct password, take a more drastic step. It's time to completely delete the Apple Watch and then restore the information from a backup.
Here's what you need to do:
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Go to My Watch category and select General> Reset.
- Select Delete Apple Watch Content and Settings .
- If there is no recent Apple Watch backup, you will see a dialog to update an iCloud backup. Select Backup then Delete . This will ensure that you have the latest Apple Watch settings and other information.
- You must then turn off Find my Watch to completely erase the contents of the device.
- Anyone with Apple Watch enabled cell phone should select Keep your plan to keep all transport information on the clock.
After the Apple Watch is deleted, you must turn it back on and place it near your iPhone to start the pairing process. You see a dialog box on the iPhone to start the process.
During installation, be sure to select Restore From Backup . This will restore all settings and other information on Apple Watch. The only exception is Apple Pay credit card information, which you must enter again in the Wallet & Apple Pay section of the My Watch tab.
Make the most of Apple Watch
Passcode lock is an important security feature that is easy to use and does a good job of protecting important data stored on the Apple Watch. Hopefully with these tips you will have a full understanding of how to both unlock and unlock an Apple Watch.
To make better use of your portable device, take a look at some of the best Apple Watch complications.