Is your Apple Watch dead? Restore it with your iPhone

You can use your iPhone to restore all the software on your Apple Watch if it freezes or stops turning on.


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Did you know that you can restore a problem Apple Watch using a nearby iPhone? This new feature is included with watchOS 8.5 for Apple Watch and iOS 15.4 for iPhone. Here’s how to use it.

Introducing Apple’s watchOS Restore

Apple’s watchOS Restore feature has been something that users have been asking for a lot over the years. Previously, whenever you encountered a problem with your Apple Watch that could not be resolved with your iPhone, you had to send your Apple Watch to an Apple repair center or take it to an Apple Store to have it checked. However, that has changed with watchOS 8.5 and iOS 15.4.

Don’t mistake this Apple Watch recovery feature with the normal reset process for the Apple Watch we’ve all been using for years. This new feature is specifically intended to deal with a broken Apple Watch, which mainly occurs when a software update is interrupted or failed.

This is no longer a problem with the new update, you can restore the Apple Watch issue at home using your iPhone. We’ve explained how it works below.

How to restore Apple Watch using iPhone


Restore Apple Watch option on iPhone

To use the Apple Watch restore function, make sure your iPhone is updated to iOS 15.4 or later. You can check your iPhone software version by going to Settings > General > Software Update. You will also need to have watchOS 8.5 or later installed on your Apple Watch.

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Another requirement is that your iPhone be connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection. Apple recommends using the 2.4 GHz network instead of the 5 GHz network. It is also recommended that you avoid using 802.1X or restricted Wi-Fi networks.

Also, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone. You can do this from Control Center or by going to Settings > Bluetooth.

Once you have completed all the requirements, follow the steps below:

  1. Plug your Apple Watch into its magnetic charger connected to a power source (so that your Apple Watch charges).
  2. Put the iPhone near the Apple Watch.
  3. Now, double click on File the side located directly below the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.
  4. A popup should appear on your iPhone that says Restore Apple Watch. There is a problem with your Apple Watch that requires you to update or restore.
  5. tap on Complete in the pop-up window and follow the instructions to restore your Apple Watch.


This is! You should be able to restore your Apple Watch using the steps above.

If this does not go according to plan, be sure to check all the prerequisites (connect to Wi-Fi, enable Bluetooth, etc.). If you haven’t had any luck yet, you should contact Apple Support to have your watch repaired.

Apple continues to improve watchOS

The new Apple Watch Recovery feature will be very popular among users as it saves a lot of hassles of sending their watch to Apple for repair. It just shows that Apple hasn’t finished adding improvements to watchOS.


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