How to Clean Install WatchOS 10 (Backup and Restore)

🗓️ November 27, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

Backup and Restore Apple Watch Repair all software issues without removing old data from your Apple Watch. Whenever Clean install WatchOS remove old data and set it up like a new one. Backup-ing Apple Watch isn’t as handy as iPhone. On iPhone, we have to follow three-four steps, and that’s it. Almost every file and setting are included in the backup. Whereas, the backup taken in Apple Watch misses some of the settings and data. But still, it is very advantageous at least Apple is giving us the option to back up Apple Watch. Otherwise, we will have to set up Apple Watch every time as new. This Guide and steps are compatible with your All Apple Watch Series (Cellular, WiFi/ GPS).

We have shown you two different methods to take a backup of your Apple Watch. Suit yourself.

What will be included in Apple Watch Back Up?

  • Language
  • Time Zone
  • Particular App Settings like Distance, Units, and Maps
  • System Settings such as Wi-Fi networks, haptic settings, brightness, sound, etc.
  • Fitness data and achievements

What will not be included in Apple Watch Back Up?

  • Passcode of your Watch
  • Playlist synced to your watch
  • Debit/Credit Card information of Apple Pay
  • Activity Calibration data, as well as Workout data stored on your Apple Watch

There are two different ways to take a backup of the Apple Watch one using iCloud/iTunes, which is manual. Besides, the other method is straightforward; you have to unpair the Apple Watch from iPhone. Here’s how to Unpair Apple Watch from your iPhone.

How to Backup and Restore Apple Watch or Clean Install WatchOS [Full Guide]

How to Unpair Apple Watch and iPhone

  • Step #1: Keep close your iPhone and Apple Watch.
  • Step #2: Go to the “Watch” App on your iPhone.
  • Step #3: Tap on “My Watch” tab > All Watches.
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Select (i) – i button next to Apple watch name, and Select ‘Unpair Apple Watch‘ option.


In Earlier iOS, Paired apple watch appear at the top under the My Watch Tab,

Unpair Apple Watch From iPhone
Unpair Apple Watch From iPhone
  • Step #4: Select the Apple Watch to unpair.
  • Step #5: Now, tap “Unpair Apple Watch.”

That’s it! During the unpairing process, your Apple watch store a recent backup on your iPhone. Now move or copy your iPhone Backup, which includes Apple Watch Backup, to iCloud Or iTunes using the Below steps.

How to Backup Apple Watch

Using iCloud:

  • Step #1: Ensure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Step #2: Launch the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  • Step #3: Tap on your name.
  • Step #4: Scroll and select “iCloud.”
  • Step #5: Tap “iCloud Backup.”
  • Step #6: Lastly, hit “Back Up Now.”

Wait until the iCloud backup gets completed successfully. In case you need to verify the backup is completed or when the last backup was taken, under Back Up Now, the section you will get to know. The date and time of the last Backup will be displayed.

Using Finder/iTunes:

  • Step #1: Check the version of iTunes on your PC, if not updated, then Update the iTunes.
  • Step #2: Launch “Finder/iTunes.”
  • Step #3: Connect your iPhone to your Mac/PC using a Lightning cable.
  • Step #4: Tap “Trust This Computer,” when the pop-up appears.
  • Step #5: Now get back to Finder/iTunes, and select your iPhone.
  • Step #6: Click on “Back Up Now.”

How to Restore Back Up in Apple Watch

  • Step #1: Bring up the iPhone and Apple Watch nearer.
  • Step #2: Go to the “Watch” App.
  • Step #3: Turn on the Apple Watch.
  • Step #4: On your iPhone, you will see “Start Pairing.”
  • Step #5: Select “Start Pairing.”
  • Step #6: Next, you must hold the iPhone above the Apple Watch to pair.
  • Step #7: Alternatively, you can pair the Apple Watch manually by entering the code.
  • Step #8: The next screen will ask you to “Restore from Backup” And “Set Up as New Apple Watch.”
  • Step #9: Select “Restore from Backup.”
  • Step #10: Now, tap on the latest backup to start the restoring process.
  • Step #11: Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the process.
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How to Clean Install WatchOS On Apple Watch

A clean install will remove all Bug fixes that affected your Apple watch and Will install New WatchOS completely that was downloaded on your iPhone Watch App. Still, you don’t have downloaded and pending for your Apple Watch; follow the Third Step to download and install the latest WatchOS that you can install after cleaning up your Apple Watch.

1. First of all, unpair your apple watch. This process you can do from the iPhone Watch App.

2. once you unpair Successfully, Repair Apple watch and Setup as New Apple Watch.

  • How to setup or Repair apple Watch after unpair [On Setup time, Select Set Up as New Apple Watch]

3. Now, Install Available Update from your iPhone Watch App.

  • Open Watch App on iPhone.
  • Tap on my Watch Tab.
  • Tap on General > Software Update.
  • Check Any Pending Update is available for your Apple watch or not. If yes, then first download and install under WiFi connection.
  1. Also, Your Apple Watch has at least 50% charging and is connected to a Charging cable.
  2. iPhone Must be connected to a WiFi connection.

Above Three Steps you must complete to Clean and install WatchOS on Apple Watch.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to change any settings, as we have restored the backup into the Apple Watch.

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Jaysukh Patel
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Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]

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