Moving to my new Apple Watch

Hello everyone,

I did get the Series 3 watch – wanted the better water resistant capability and potential for a cellphone, and the supposedly greater performance and now I need to make it work.

  • So you need to unpair your old watch first – which makes a backup. Access the Watch app, select your watch, select the I.


  • Then select the Red Unpair Apple Watch option.


  • This will produce the backup we will use when we pair with the new Apple Watch.
  • To successfully unpair you will need your Apple id pw. If you use a complex one like I do be happy you can copy from 1Password and paste where necessary.
  • After you unpair, you can in fact pair. First you need to pick language and region on your watch.  Once you get that odd screen, you could point your iPhone at it (while in the Watch App).
  • You will fairly quickly have an option to restore.
  • When I paired, I had three backups to choose from but I could look and see the date of them so that was quite helpful.
  • It took a while to restore and configure but it came back just fine.
  • If you are using it, don’t forget to turn back on Auto Unlock.
  • As this new watch shipped with watchOS 4.0 I did have to do an update fairly quickly.  Suggest you don’t wait to be prompted but just do it. It did take longer then moving to a new watch!

So did not take long, and did not lose anything.  So quite happy. If you want to learn more about Series 3 Watch, or watchOS 4.0.


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