Connecting watch to new phone

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mk313, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. mk313 macrumors 6502

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    I am in the market for both a new phone & an apple watch (I don't have a watch currently). from reading the forums, it looks like when you get a new phone, you have to connect the watch as a 'new' watch. Does this wipe out all of your activity data from the phone, or are you able to recover that? I was planning to pick up the watch first, but if I'm going to lose my workout data when I upgrade phones, it probably makes more sense to get the phone & watch at the same time.

    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. testcard, Jan 11, 2017
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    If you want to save your activity/health data, back up the old phone in iTunes, ensuring that you encrypt the backup or you will lose your activity data. Then connect the new phone to iTunes and restore from the encrypted backup and your activity data will transfer over. When you pair your new Watch to your new phone, you won't lose any of the original activity/health data.
     
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  4. atlas_0, Jan 12, 2017
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    When you get an iPhone, just restore it from the backup of the old iPhone. Then you pick up right where you left off, including with your watch.

    Edit: beaten to it! Echoing that you need to encrypt backups though.
     
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    Is that because of the personal health data stored on the watch, or is that more of a general comment? Not sure if I'm missing something. Thanks
     
  8. testcard, Jan 12, 2017
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    Apple doesn't want your personal health data getting into the wrong hands, so the only way to retain personal health data in an iPhone backup is to encrypt it.
    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT205220
     
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    That makes perfect sense. Thanks for the clarification
     
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    Glad to help. Keep us posted on your new iPhone and Watch!
     

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