[More Detail] How to Backup Apple Watch to iPhone/iCloud/PC

Do you know how to backup Apple Watch after using it for a long time? This passage will illustrate everything you concern about Apple Watch in detail.


By Demi / Updated on May 30, 2023

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Apple Watch is such an incredible accessory of iPhone, which helps you keep tracking your health and fitness, make phone calls and receive messages, and do many other things you can’t imagine. How to back them up to avoid data loss? Keep reading this passage to find the answer to how to backup Apple Watch.

Apple Watch

Part 1. How to backup Apple Watch to iPhone/iCloud/PC

As an extension of your iPhone, Apple Watch also contains data that you don’t want to lose. This passage offers you every detail about how to backup Apple Watch whether it is an Apple Watch Series 6/5/4. Just in case, this passage will show you more information about Apple Watch backup.

How to backup Apple Watch to iPhone

You don’t have to know how to manually backup Apple Watch because Apple Watch will be backed up automatically. Therefore, if you have regularly backed up your iPhone, you won’t worry about losing Apple Watch backup on your iPhone.

To ensure a successful Apple Watch backup, there are some requirements you need to be noted.
▶ Enable Bluetooth and WiFi on both the Apple Watch and the companion iPhone.
▶ You need to be wearing the Apple Watch during the process.
▶ The Apple Watch needs to be within the Bluetooth range of your iPhone.

As long as you unpair Apple Watch with your iPhone, the contents in Apple Watch will be backed up automatically to your companion iPhone. You can follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together.

Step 2. On your iPhone, open the Watch app > My Watch > All Watches.

Step 3. Tap the info button next to the watch that you want to unpair > Tap Unpair Apple Watch.

Unpair Apple Watch


▶ Wait patiently for your Apple Watch to unpair from your iPhone. When you see the Start Pairing message on Apple Watch, the backup finishes.
▶ You need to set up your Apple Watch again because unpairing it from iPhone will restore it to its factory settings.

How can you restore Apple Watch from backup?
If you reset the Apple Watch or get a new Apple Watch, you may want to restore the backup. You can make it with the following tutorials.
Step 1. On your computer, go to Watch app > Tap Start Pairing if your Apple Watch hasn’t be paired with the iPhone.
Step 2. Tap Restore from Backup when the Apple Watch has paired > Choose a version of backup you’d like to restore.

Restore Apple Watch Backup

How to backup Apple Watch to iCloud

When you backup iPhone to iCloud, the Apple Watch backup will be backed up at the same time. Therefore, go to Settings on your iPhone > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back Up Now to backup Apple Watch files.

Backup Now

Backup the iPhone to computer to keep Apple Watch backups safer

After all, the data on Apple Watch and its companion iPhone stay synced all the time. Therefore, to avoid data loss on iPhone, or if you are looking to upgrade or erase your iPhone, it can be especially important to backup your iPhone in order to keep the Apple Watch backup. If it is necessary, recommend you to backup iPhone to professional backup software - FoneTool.

Why it is more advisable to choose FoneTool, instead of iCloud or iTunes?
① Larger storage space. Different from iCloud, FoneTool provides you a way to backup iPhone to computer, which means the backups are stored on computer. Therefore, there is no need to worry about limited storage space to backup.
② Faster backup speed. It won’t take you much time to make a full backup of your iPhone with FoneTool. For example, you can backup about 20 GB of data within 20 minutes.
③ Simpler operations. You can finish backing up iPhone in few steps with no effort.

Now, try to fully backup your iPhone with FoneTool.

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your computer and launch it > Connect your iPhone to computer with USB.

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Step 2. On the Home page, click Phone Backup. Go to Full Backup and click Get Started.

Full Backup

Step 3. If necessary, you can enable Backup encryption > Choose a storage path and click Start Backup.

Start Backup

Part 2. FAQs about backup Apple Watch

Besides how to backup Apple Watch, you may have more queries about it. To provide you a better understanding of Apple Watch backup, there are some FAQs you may concern about,

Question: What do Apple Watch backups include and don’t?
Answer: Actually, Apple Watch won’t sync all data to its companion iPhone. Apple Watch backups include data and settings from specific apps, general system settings, Health and Fitness data, and so on. The backups don’t include Bluetooth pairing, passcode for your Apple Watch, and Messages. Luckily, you can backup messages by go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Locate Messages and toggle it on.

Messages Sync

Question: Where are Apple Watch backups stored?
Answer: To check Apple Watch backups, on your iPhone which is paired with Apple Watch, you can go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Scroll down to locate and tap Watch section.

Locate Apple Watch Backups

You will see all Apple Watch backups there, with their size and the date they were made. You can also delete them here.

Question: How often does my Apple Watch sync to iPhone?
Answer: It depends. How often the Apple Watch sync to iPhone depends on the frequency you unpair Apple Watch with iPhone. Each time you unpair them both, an Apple Watch backup will be left on your iPhone.


Hope you have a deeper understanding of how to backup Apple Watch. It is also suggested to backup kinds of your iDevices via FoneTool. Besides full backup, you can also transfer files among computer and iDevices, like transferring music from iPhone to iPhone. If this passage is useful for you, share it to help more people.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.