How to Enable/Disable the Activation Lock on Your Apple Watch

 

Apple’s Activation Lock is a part of Find My iPhone’s service. This feature locks the device in question to your Apple ID, which is useful should someone tries to restore the device without first disconnecting it from your Apple ID. Thus, it’ll become a dead brick, and they’ll be unable to do anything with it.

If your Apple Watch is running watchOS 2 or later, Activation Lock is automatically enabled once you set it up. If you would like to check whether Activation Lock is enabled, follow these steps:

Checking if the Activation Lock is Enabled via Your iPhone

STEP 1: On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.

STEP 2: Tap on the My Watch tab.

STEP 3: Tap on the icon for your Apple Watch.

STEP 4: Select the info button to the right of your Apple Watch.

STEP 5: Tap the Find My Apple Watch button to open the Find My iPhone app.

NOTE: If you can view your Apple Watch in the Find My iPhone app, then that means the Activation Lock is enabled.

Checking if the Activation Lock is Enabled via iCloud

If your watch’s iPhone is not handy at the moment, you can still check its settings via iCloud.com. Here’s how:

STEP 1: Go to icloud.com.

STEP 2: Log in with your Apple ID.

STEP 3: Click on the Find iPhone icon.

STEP 4: Select the All Devices dropdown from the top center of the screen.

STEP 5: Find your Apple Watch.

NOTE: If your Apple Watch is available in this list, then it means the Activation Lock is enabled.

Enabling the Activation Lock on Your Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch doesn’t seem to be present in the Find My iPhone app, either you’re not currently logged in to iCloud on your watch, or you’re device is running watchOS 1 only.

Adding Your Apple ID to Your Apple Watch

STEP 1: On your iPhone, go to the Watch app.

STEP 2: Tap on the My Watch tab.

STEP 3: Select General.

STEP 4: Tap on Apple ID.

STEP 5: Sign in with your Apple ID account.

Updating Your Apple Watch Software

For step-by-step instruction on how to update your Apple Watch’s software, see the article How to Update the Software of Your Apple Watch to watchOS 4.1.

Disabling the Activation Lock on Your Apple Watch

If you have decided on selling your Apple Watch or handing it over to a friend or relative, you need to restore it and disable the Activation Lock before giving it away. In order to disable the Activation Lock on your iPhone, you simply need to unpair your Apple Watch from the Watch app.

For instructions, see the article How to Unpair Your Apple Watch and Disable the Activation Lock.

Disabling the Activation Lock Remotely

If you have already given away or disposed the iPhone your Apple Watch was paired with, you can still disable the Activation Lock remotely by going to iCloud.com.

STEP 1: Go to icloud.com from your computer’s web browser.

STEP 2: Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

STEP 3: Click on Settings.

STEP 4: Under My Devices, select your Apple Watch.

STEP 5: Click on the X button next to your Apple Watch to remove it.

STEP 6: Click Remove to confirm.




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