How to back up your Apple Watch: everything you need to know

To get the most out of your Apple Watch, you need to link it to your iPhone. This will allow you to access almost everything from your phone on your wrist. Once you pair your devices, your phone automatically sends information to your watch. Additionally, when you back up your iPhone, all data on your Apple Watch will also be backed up.


  • How to back up your Apple Watch
  • Everything included in your Apple Watch backup
  • Apple Watch backup contains nothing

In this guide, we’ll show you how to back up your Apple Watch, whether it’s an Apple Watch Series 9, Apple Watch Series 8, or an older model.

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If you back up your iPhone regularly, your Apple Watch data should already be backed up. We’ll show you how to check if it’s correct, just in case. We’ll also explain how to restore it and see what’s included in the backup and what’s not included.

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How to back up your Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch data is regularly backed up to your iPhone as long as it’s within range. The process of unpairing your Apple Watch also automatically creates a backup. When you pair the watch again or pair a new watch, you can restore the latest backup if necessary.

Step 1: First, make sure your device is connected to the Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: On your iPhone, go to Settings > [Your Name] >i cloud.

Find iCloud settings under the Settings app on your iPhone
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Step 3: Click iCloud backupthen open Back up this iPhone if it’s closed.tap Back up now If there are no recent backups, or just make backups for recent data records.

Confirm that iCloud backup is being performed in the Settings app
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Step 4: When you unpair your Apple Watch, it will automatically back up to your iPhone. This means that if you buy a new Apple Watch, you can easily restore your device from a previous backup.

It’s important to remember that your Apple Watch can be used with your iPhone. As long as your iPhone is properly backed up and kept up to date, you won’t have any problems restoring data to your Apple Watch. After successfully restoring your iPhone from a previous backup, you can follow the steps above to connect your Apple Watch to your new device.

Someone wearing an Apple Watch Series 8.
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Everything included in your Apple Watch backup

Apple Watch automatically backs up most content as part of its regular backup process.

According to Apple’s support site, the backup includes app data for built-in apps like Calendar, Stocks, and Weather. It also includes general system settings, app layout on the home screen, Dock and clock face settings, and health and fitness data. In addition, iPhone/Apple Watch backup also includes music playlists, albums, mixes, synced albums, etc.

Apple Watch SE 2 is ready to pair with your phone.
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Apple Watch backup contains nothing

It’s worth noting that not everything stored on your Apple Watch is included in the backup, but most is. For security reasons, debit or credit card information previously stored on the watch, as well as Bluetooth pairing information, are excluded. Additionally, your Apple Watch passcode will not be included in the backup.

None of this information is required and cannot be replaced when restoring your Apple Watch from backup. You will need to add another passcode, pair the Bluetooth device again, and add a bank card if necessary.

Messages stored on your watch are also excluded unless you use iCloud and Messages in iCloud. If you do this, your iMessages, SMS, and MMS messages will be stored in iCloud.

Now that you’ve made sure your information is up to date and securely backed up, you can enjoy your device. Explore some of our favorite best Apple Watch apps and best Apple Watch faces.

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