Apple Watch backups are a great way to keep your data safe in case of loss or damage. However, over time, your backups can accumulate and take up valuable storage space on your iPhone. In this guide, I’ll show you how to delete Apple Watch backups from your iPhone in just a few simple steps.
- How to remove old Apple Watch backups from iPhone
- Benefits of deleting Apple Watch backups from iPhone
How to remove old Apple Watch backups from iPhone
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Go to General → iPhone Storage.
- Scroll down and select Watch from the options available.
- Now, you can view all Apple Watch backups in one place.
- Swipe left any saved backup of your choice → Tap Delete.
Then, you’ll automatically be prompted with the main interface.
- Alternatively, select Remove All Backups → Remove Now to clear out all saved Apple Watch backups.
- Keep in mind that deleting an Apple Watch backup will permanently erase all of the data on the backup.
- If you have a Family Setup for an Apple Watch, you cannot delete the backups from your iPhone. Instead, you need to turn off iCloud backups on the Apple Watch itself. To do this, open the Settings app on the Apple Watch → Tap your name card (Apple ID) → iCloud → iCloud Backups → Toggle off iCloud Backups.
Benefits of deleting Apple Watch backups from iPhone
Developing a habit of regularly deleting Apple Watch backups provides several benefits:
- Frees up storage space on both iPhone and iCloud, which is especially important for users with low storage
- Ensures optimal device performance by removing old, unused backups
- Improves data security by reducing the risk of unauthorized access to personal information in backups
- Makes creating new backups more efficient by reducing the amount of redundant data to transfer
Overall, taking the time to delete Apple Watch backups regularly demonstrates good device management practices.
Your Apple Watch data is backed up to your iPhone automatically once you set it up to sync. Both devices need to be near each other for the backup to occur. No further action is required.
When you backup your iPhone to iCloud, your Apple Watch automatically gets synced with the process.
Let the cleanup begin!
And there you have it. It is easy to delete Apple Watch backups and lighten your iPhone. May your Apple Watch and iPhone walk hand in hand into the future, free from the burden of unnecessary backups.
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