Activation Lock on Apple Watch is automatically enabled when you turn on Find My service on the paired iPhone. This ensures that no one else can set it up with their iPhone if your watch ever gets lost or stolen. However, when you send your wearable for service or plan to pass it to a new owner, it’s essential to disable the activation lock. Let me tell you how to remove the activation lock on Apple Watch successfully.
- Check If Apple Watch Activation Lock Is Enabled or Not
- How to Remove Activation Lock on Apple Watch Using Paired iPhone
- How to Bypass Activation Lock from Apple Watch without iPhone
Check If Apple Watch Activation Lock Is Enabled or Not
- Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone and make sure you are in the My Watch tab.
- Tap on All Watches from the top-left.
- Tap on the info button (i), next to your watch name.
- Do you see the option ‘Find My Apple Watch‘? If yes, the Activation Lock is enabled.
In case it is not, follow this easy guide to turn on Find My iPhone, which automatically enables Activation Lock for the paired Apple Watch and AirPods.
Note: If you do not have your iPhone, visit iCloud.com on a computer and sign in using your Apple ID. Next, click on Find iPhone → All Devices. If you see your Apple Watch listed here, that means Activation Lock is in action.
How to Remove Activation Lock on Apple Watch Using Paired iPhone
When you unpair your Apple Watch using the Watch app, it removes the Activation Lock. It will also create the backup so that you can restore it later and have all your data.
In our easy to follow a guide, we have mentioned two ways to unpair your Apple Watch. Make sure to follow the first method listed there.
Once you complete the process, your Apple Watch becomes internally new. You can now pair it with a different iPhone, sell it, or gift it to someone without worries.
How to Bypass Activation Lock from Apple Watch without iPhone
If you do not have access to the Apple Watch or the paired iPhone, you can use iCloud to remove the Activation Lock remotely. Here’s how.
- Visit iCloud.com on a computer and sign in using your Apple ID.
- Click on Find iPhone.
- From the top-middle, click on All Devices and then select your Apple Watch.
- Click on Erase Apple Watch. Follow the on-screen instructions.
- Finally, click on the cross icon (x) next to your Apple Watch.
These are the two ways to remove Activation Lock from the Apple Watch. We have a separate post where we talk about how to bypass it on the iPhone and iPad.
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