The Activation Lock on the Apple Watch is automatically activated when you turn on the Find My service on the paired iPhone. This ensures that no one else can set it up with their iPhone in case your watch is lost or stolen. However, when you are sending your wearable device in for service or planning to give it to a new owner, it is important to deactivate the activation lock. Let me tell you how to successfully remove activation lock on Apple Watch.
Check whether Apple Watch Activation Lock is Activated or Not
- Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone and make sure you’re on the My Watch tab.
- Tap All Watches from the top left.
- Tap the info button (i), next to the name of your watch.
- Do you see the ‘Find My Watch’ option? If so, Activation Lock is activated.
If not, follow this easy guide to turn on Find My iPhone, which automatically turns on Activation Lock for the Apple Watch and paired AirPods.
Note: If you don’t have an 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, it means Activation Lock is in action.
How to Remove Activation Lock on Apple Watch Using Paired iPhones
When you remove your Apple Watch using the Watch app, Activation Lock is removed. It will also create a backup so you can restore it later and have all your data.
In our easy to follow guide, we’ve mentioned two ways to unpair your Apple Watch. Make sure to follow the first method listed there.
After you complete the process, your Apple Watch is new internally. Now you can pair it with another iPhone, sell it, or gift it to someone without worry.
How to Bypass Activation Lock from Apple Watch without iPhone
If you don’t have access to your Apple Watch or paired iPhone, you can use iCloud to remotely erase Activation Lock. Here’s how.