If you’re buying a new Apple Watch, you’ll probably either be selling your old one to help pay for the new hotness, or you’ll be giving it away to a deserving relative or friend. (It would have to be a REALLY good friend.)
Before selling or giving away your old Watch, make sure to wipe it clean. This removes any of your apps and personal data, as well as turns off Activation Lock, so the new owner won’t have any issues pairing it with their iPhone.
On Your iPhone:
1.) Tap the “Watch” app icon on your iPhone to load the “Watch” app.
2.) Tap the “My Watch” icon in the lower left hand corner of the Watch app screen.
3.) Near the top, you’ll find a picture of your Watch, with its name beside it. Mine is called “Chris’s Apple Watch.” Tap that.
4.) On the next screen, tap the “Information” icon found to the right of your Apple Watch’s name. It looks like a lower-case “i” in a circle.
5.) Tap “Unpair Apple Watch.”
6.) Confirm you want to unpair your Watch from your iPhone, by tapping “Unpair” when the slide up menu appears.
On Your Apple Watch:
1.) Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2.) Tap “General” in the “Settings” menu.
3.) Tap “Reset” in the “General” menu.
4.) Tap “Erase All Content and Settings” in the “Reset” menu.
All data and apps will be removed form the device, and it will be reset to the same state it was in when you first took it out of the box.
For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.
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What if reducing the number of calendars to be synced doesn’t work?
You may see some different solutions to syncing problems depending on the type of calendar or watchOS version, so let’s discuss some of the most common ones and see what happens:
Unfortunately this method does not solve the problem of iPhone not pushing data back to Outlook. You should also be aware that if you have other invitees on your calendar event, it may cause your phone to send useless meeting update emails.
If this is the way you think might help you with syncing Outlook Calendar on your Apple Watch – you’re wrong! By doing this you may lose all the settings you’ve created with other apps and you will not get anywhere with Calendar syncing.
You could think it’s working, but, if you make any change to your Outlook Calendar, it will work smoothly with your iPhone but not with Apple Watch. This is still all about the way iPhone and Apple Watch are communicating with each other. If you removed all the calendars from your phone but everything is still on the watch, here’s what to do:
- Tap the Watch app on your iPhone
- Go to Settings and choose General
- In General, swipe down until you see Reset
- Tap on Reset Sync Data to erase Contacts and Calendar data from your Apple Watch
Doing this erases everything you synced with iPhone and allows you to re-sync with new data. Don’t worry if you see no signs of re-syncing after pressing the “Magic button”; this process goes on behind-the-scenes (No, you’re not the only one who thinks Apple should add some warning).
Finally, here’s what to do when you don’t see the changes, or new appointments, on your Apple Watch that you’ve made on your desktop Outlook.
These simple steps work in 90% of cases:
- Confirm that your desktop Outlook is properly synced with your phone; syncing through iTunes or iCloud can often cause a bottleneck for the entire process. Use AkrutoSync to ensure iPhone can reflect all Outlook changes.
- Ensure your watch is properly paired and synced with iPhone. Try using apps that require Watch to pull information from iPhone; if everything appears fine, move to the next step.
- If you have numerous changes to sync, give it a few minutes (it’s a Bluetooth, remember?).
- If you’re still seeing outdated appointments, simply press the “Reset Sync Data” button.
How to factory reset Apple Watch without using iPhone
- Turn your Apple Watch on.
- Open the Settings app.
- Select “General”.
- Select “Reset”.
- Finally, tap on “Erase all content and settings”.
- Let the watch do its thing for a bit and voila. You are done!
How to factory reset Apple Watch using iPhone
- Your iPhone needs to be connected to your Apple Watch before doing this.
- If it’s connected, turn your phone on and unlock it.
- Access the Apple Watch app.
- Tap on “My Watch”.
- Select “General”.
- Select “Reset”.
- Tap on “Erase all content and settings”.
- Tap again to confirm and let the Apple Watch do its thing.
- You are done!