"Easily bypass a forgotten Apple Watch passcode"
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Easily bypass a forgotten Apple Watch passcode
Oh no, it happened.
You took off your apple watch, and now you can't remember the passcode to unlock it.
Was it one, one, one, or maybe ten, ten.
None of these seem to work.
After six attempts you were then asked to wait a minute before trying again but it doesn't matter.
You simply can't remember it.
Luckily there is an easy way to reset it.
Click the Apple Watch app on your iPhone's phone screen.
Select general Scroll down to the bottom of the page, tap reset, and choose to erase all content and settings.
This will return the Watch to its original out-of-box state.
Unfortunately, that means everything on it will also be deleted.
The good news is, your iPhone automatically creates a backup of your Watch when it's unpaired using this method.
So, when you're ready to repair it with your phone, all you have to do is select the backup option during the set-up process.
If you don't have your iPhone with you, you can still reset your watch, but you will need your charger close by.
Hold and press the side power button on the watch.
Then perform a force-touch which is a hard press on the power off switch.
Select "erase all content and settings" and connect the charger to your watch.
The watch will then reboot and you can repair it with your iPhone.
To prevent the same situation from happening again in the future I recommend turning on the unlock with iPhone feature on both your watch and your iPhone You can choose to turn this on during the initial setup, or in the AppleWatch app on your iPhone, by selecting Passcode and toggling the unlock with iPhone switch from Off to On.
These are both good options for people who have forgotten their passcodes, but of course these could also perform the same methods.
So be sure to take extra care of your Apple watch.
For more tips like this, be sure to check out howto.cnet.com.
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I'm Dan Graziano for CNet.
Thanks for watching.