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How to change the passcode on your Apple Watch

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Looking to change your Apple Watch® password but not sure where to start? Whether you're updating for security reasons or want a change, we'll walk you through every step.

At Asurion, we help millions of people troubleshoot, fix, and maximize their tech. We keep the devices you rely on most working the way you want them to. Here's how to change the password on your Apple Watch. 

Why it's important to have a password on your Apple Watch

  1. Securing personal data: Your Apple Watch is a personal and health-related information hub. A robust password is essential to protect this sensitive data.
  2. Financial safety: For those utilizing Apple Pay, a password is critical to safeguard your credit or debit card details, transactions, and financial information.
  3. Overall security: A password-protected Apple Watch provides reassurance against unauthorized access, especially in the case of device loss or theft.

Remember, choosing a complex passcode that's secure but easy for you to remember is essential. Avoid simple sequences or quickly guessable numbers like birthdates.

How to change the passcode on your Apple Watch

To change the passcode you initially set up on your Apple Watch, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press the side button or tap on the screen of your Apple Watch to wake it up.
  2. Once your Apple Watch display is active, press the Digital Crown (the dial on the side of your Apple Watch) to go to the Home screen. From there, tap on the Settings app (look for the gear icon).
  3. In the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on Passcode.
  4. In the Passcode menu, tap on Change Passcode. First, you have to enter your current passcode and a new one. Choose your new password and enter it.
  5. Re-enter the new passcode to confirm it. 

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How to change your password on your iPhone

You can also change the passcode using your iPhone. Here's how: 

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Passcode.
  3. Tap Change Passcode. Enter your current password, followed by the new one.

To opt for a longer passcode than the standard four digits, disable Simple Passcode in your settings and choose a multi-digit passcode.

How to reset your Apple Watch password

The password reset process is straightforward if you've forgotten your current passcode. Make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone are near each other and follow these simple steps: 

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app.
  2. Tap on the My WatchGeneral’s Reset.
  3. Tap the Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings option. Erasing will reset your watch to factory settings and erase all data, including the passcode.
  4. After the reset, repair your Apple Watch with your iPhone again. During the pairing process, you'll have the chance to set a new passcode.

Remember, while this process erases all data from your Apple Watch, you can restore it from a previous backup to avoid losing important information. Here's our guide on how to back up your phone.

Troubleshooting tips and tricks

If you hit a snag, try these quick fixes:

  1. Restart your watch: Press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo to power off.
  2. Update your devices: Ensure your iPhone and Apple Watch software are up-to-date. 
  3. Stay within your passcode attempts: If you don't know your password and try a wrong passcode too many times, you'll get locked out of your watch. If you need clarification, reset it or contact an expert for help. 

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