Resetting the Apple Watch is indeed not a daunting task. You require the Apple ID and you are good to go. In fact, you can use your iPhone to reset your watch if it is paired already. But what if you do not know the Apple ID? Especially, if lady luck favors you and you find an Apple Watch. Obviously, you may not know the credentials and you just want to reset the phone to its factory settings for you to use it.
Well, Apple has always manufactured intelligent devices and one such is the smartwatch. Any series or any model it can be, resetting the watch requires credentials and this is made just to ensure that the watch is in the right hands. No other person can reset the watch other than you unless you know the required Apple ID of the watch.
But is there a way to reset the watch? Without even having the Apple ID or any other required authentication methods?
Yes, there is. But one must also understand that as you reset the Apple watch through any method, you are sure to lose the data saved and you must set up the watch right from the scratch. But, is it going to matter to you if you have actually found someone else’s somewhere.
Right then, let us get on to the methods to reset the Apple Watch. Let us begin with contemporary ways and then head on to ‘NO authentication reset’.
How To Reset Apple Watch Without Apple ID?
The method I – Using the iPhone
If you have an iPhone and it is already paired with your Watch, you can conveniently reset the watch. Please note: This method can be used only when the
- Watch is yours
- iPhone is paired with the Watch
There are many instances that you would have forgotten the Apple ID. You can use the below-mentioned steps to reset your watch.
Step 1: Bring your watch as well as your phone closer
Step 2: Tap on ‘My Watch’ on your iPhone
Step 3: Tap the ‘General’ option on the Watch listings
Step 4: You can tap on the ‘Reset’ button, As you do this, you must select the first option that says ‘Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.
Method II – Using the Apple Passcode
This is one of the ways to reset the Apple Watch if you had forgotten the password for your Apple ID. In fact, this is an alternative method offered by Apple to reset your devices. Nevertheless, security is guaranteed.
The way to do that is pretty simple. You can use your watch to reset, unlike the previous method you do not require your iPhone to. The inbuilt option to reset the phone shall ask for the passcode, as you enter it, the task is done.
Step 1: Tap open the ‘Settings’ App
Step 2: Open the ‘General’ Option in the Settings
Step 3: Now, you can select the option to reset
Again, you will find the option to reset with all the content erased. As you intend to do that, the device asks for your Apple passcode to continue.
Step 4: Enter the passcode
Step 5: Tap on ‘Reset’
The device is reset for a brand new configuration once again.
Method III – No Apple ID – No iPhone – No Apple Passcode
Probably this is what the one you were looking for. As you may not be aware of anything as you find an Apple Watch and you plan to reset the same. You can indeed use the physical buttons to facilitate the same.
Again remember, this method shall also reset all the settings back to factory settings. It deletes all the saved data from the device. Of course, do you mind it??
Steps involved in resetting your Apple Watch without any credentials or an iPhone.
Step 1: Put your Apple watch to charging
You might have to purchase the charger if you do not have one.
Step 2: As usual, press and hold the side button.
We are not turning off your watch, wait for the options to display on the screen
You will find the ‘Power OFF’ option on the screen
Step 3: Press the ‘Power OFF’ button very firmly and let go quickly
As you do this, you shall find the message that says
‘Erase all content and settings
Step 4: You can click on the option and get the watch reset
This method shall not ask you for an Apple ID or even a passcode and is the best method to reset your phone.
The reason why the watch is connected to the charger is, this process drains the battery fast and if it switches off, the task to switch ON without an Apple ID shall be too difficult.