How To Transfer Apple Watch Content To A New Iphone

How To Transfer Apple Watch Content To A New Iphone

And do not lose medical and training data.

In fact, the whole process is described by Apple itself on the official support site, for which the company has a separate respect and respect. The instruction is detailed, high-quality, written in a simple language and contains links to all the necessary additional information if you suddenly have questions about a particular step. If you compare this with the work of, for example, Google, in relation to its Nexus devices, then the magicians from Cupertino are simply gods of instructions.

But, as you know, in reality everything often happens not as described on the support sites, and personal experience always gives more information. I’ll tell you about my personal experience of transferring Apple Watch content to the new iPhone without incident, below.

Preparing Apple Watch to Move to New iPhone

  • Important! In no case do not erase the data from your old iPhone until you have completed all the steps described below, otherwise you will be left without personal information collected by Apple Watch.

Judging logically, to connect a smart watch to a new device, it is enough to simply reset their settings, and then create a pair with the next smartphone. At least that’s what happens in the Android Wear universe. At the same time, you lose all the accumulated data, these are the realities of Android. In iOS, the Apple Watch transfer process involves preserving all personal data, which is facilitated by the functional and simple backup system in iTunes.

We start by breaking the pair between the old iPhone and the Apple Watch. During this process, data will be backed up from the smart watch to the smartphone’s memory. To do this, open the program Watch on the iPhone, then select “Apple Watch → Break A Pair With Apple Watch“And confirm your decision, after which you may need to enter your Apple ID:

The process is unhurried, it takes up to a minute, and on the watch the action takes even longer, because after breaking the pair they are completely cleared of all content, that is, a complete reset of the settings occurs.

After completing this step, all data from the Apple Watch will be saved on your iPhone. Now we proceed to the next, very important stage.

Backing up data from iPhone

  • Important! Be sure to encrypt your local data backup from iPhone. Cloud backups in iCloud are encrypted automatically.

If you use data backup in iCloud, then there are no nuances here, go to “Settings → iCloud → BackupAnd force update the current copy.

But I prefer to make a local backup of the data on the Mac, since it is many times faster to recover from it than from the cloud. To do this, launch iTunes, connect the iPhone, go to the “Overview” tab and here there is very important nuance: MANDATORY ENCRYPLE A BACKUP!


Use any password, at least three units, but there should be encryption, otherwise the data from the Apple Watch will not be saved in the copy and not only. all information from the applications will disappear “Health“And”Activity“.

In the past, I never encrypted backups and did not pay attention to the explanatory inscription next to this paragraph. There was no such need for the Apple Watch. Now, during the first data transfer, out of habit, too, it did not encrypt the archive, as a result of which, after restoring the backup to the new iPhone and connecting it, Apple Watch found that the activity data accumulated over the past three and a half months simply disappeared. It’s good that at that moment I still didn’t erase the information from the old iPhone. But first things first.

Data Recovery on New iPhone and Apple Watch Connection

  • Important! Before restoring a backup on a new iPhone, update its firmware, which can be done over the air. Turn on the device, skip all the steps for basic setup to get to the desktop. Go to “ Settings → General → Software Update ”. Update it if necessary.

Well, there is a local backup, now you can connect the new iPhone to the Mac to transfer data. After connecting the device, iTunes will offer to restore it from the last backup, which is what you need to do:

After the process is completed, you can connect the Apple Watch and here your actions will be almost standard, except for one step, which I will discuss below.

First of all, launch the Watch application on your smartphone, select the desired language in the Apple Watch and then follow the on-screen prompts:

But at this stage you already need to select “Restore from backup“, Choose the most relevant (I have only one), after which you can go have a cup of tea, coffee, in general, wait a bit.

Well, that’s all, the watch is tied to a new iPhone, all data is restored.

Though I had to perform a backup operation twice, since the first time he did not encrypt the copy and lost all medical data and activity information. If you have the same situation, then the main thing is not to panic. At least in the event that the old phone is still with you and all the data is stored in it.

Just connect it to iTunes again, check the box “Encrypt backup“, Set any password (most importantly, do not forget it later) and make a backup copy. Then do a full reset on the new iPhone (“Tinctures → General → Reset → Erase content and settings”) And on the Apple Watch (“Tinctures → General → Reset → Erase all content and settings”). After that, repeat the process described above.

Describing all this is easy, but I was personally worried after the first recovery, when I did not find important personal data. Repeating the process, but with an encrypted copy, he returned all the accumulated overwork to the phone. Cheers cheers!

Apple steers

It seems to be written a lot of letters, a lot of points, but all this is just so that you do not worry and ignore backup encryption, which is quite easy to do, as practice has shown.

In fact, the process is very simple and it is enough to make it only once, then to perform actions automatically:

  1. tore a pair with the Apple Watch;
  2. made an encrypted backup of data from a smartphone in iTunes;
  3. connected a new iPhone and restored the backup on it;
  4. connected Apple’s smart watch to the new iPhone, choosing to restore data from a backup in the process;
  5. I got all my data, applications, contacts, notes, messages, application settings (including third-party ones), photos and even “saves” from games.

It takes 5-10 minutes of personal time to do everything about everything, and the rest of the recovery process lasts without your participation, that is, you can do your own thing. As a result, you get all the personal workspace on the new iPhone, so to speak. Actually, for me, the iPhone is the work tool that is used daily and should always be ready for work. And this is one of the reasons why the iPhone has remained my main smartphone for eight years now.

Yes, I’m just horrified by the idea of ​​how, with every change of Android-smartphone, I would tinker with the transfer and restoration of personal data in third-party applications and not only. The only thing that Google normally synchronizes from device to device is contacts and things tied to Gmail services (calendar, mail). Everything else is darkness and horror. As such, the company does not have a single and effective system for backing up and restoring data. But what can I say if she cannot even figure out her Nexus devices?

At the same time, on the iPhone, I have photos from even 2010, taken on the iPhone 4 and wandering from phone to phone since then, replenishing in the course of new ones. I previously saved photos locally, as I dabbled in a jailbreak and set up the phone from scratch when updating firmware or a gadget, rather than restoring it from backups. But how he stopped this fun business, constantly used data backup, and since then a whole family history has gathered in the iPhone photo album.