Does anyone know how to take series 2 apple watch out of demo mode

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lolkthxbai

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EDIT: It’s better not to discuss how to get around a demo unit. Mod should close the thread.
 
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Relentless Power

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EDIT: It’s better not to discuss how to get around a demo unit. Mod should close the thread.
There is no way to get around a demo unit or have it function as an Apple Watch. So the thread can stay open, because nobody in here is offering any specific information that could render the Apple Watch to function normally. It's not possible if it's indeed a demo unit.
 
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lolkthxbai

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There is no way to get around a demo unit or have it function as an Apple Watch. So the thread can stay open, because nobody in here is offering any specific information that could render the Apple Watch to function normally. It's not possible if it's indeed a demo unit.
Demo units are fully functional devices loaded with a custom OS firmware. Although OP was not previously aware, the thread title is asking for help restoring a stolen device. It is possible to get it to work again but these threads and discussions shouldn’t be had or left open.
 

Relentless Power

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Demo units are fully functional devices.
Incorrect. A store demo Apple Watch does NOT function normally as an Apple Watch. It does not run a normal WatchOS and it coordinates off a demo loop. It may fully resemble An Apple Watch hardware wise externally and internally, but it's not intended to replicate the functionalities of an Apple Watch for resale.
 
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jdogg836

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Incorrect. A store demo Apple Watch does NOT function normally as an Apple Watch. It does not run a normal WatchOS and it coordinates off a demo loop. It may fully resemble An Apple Watch hardware wise externally and internally, but it's not intended to replicate the functionalities of an Apple Watch for resale.
Actually both of you are partially correct. There is no difference in the hardware between a demo unit and a real one. lolkthxbai is correct in stating that it is a fully functional unit except for the custom firmware. You state that it doesn't run normal WatchOS which is precisely the same thing he said. You cannot update/reload the watch without an .ipsw and the tool that hooks to the diagnostic port.

This is precisely the reason Apple wants all demo units that have expired from their displays destroyed. I've unfortunately had to help destroy around 20 at this point.

With all that said, Shard19 needs to follow through with the process to get their money back as they have a demo watch that should *NOT* have been sold to them.
 

mstanco

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Bought watch off eBay and it won't connect to my phone or even let me reset it
try restoring and updating and download the newest watch OS profile onto ur laptop from online and manual install it using iTunes, it may work I dont know. Look up a video, this is also how u downgrade from iOS 11 beta back to iOS 10 on iphone
 

Mlrollin91

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try restoring and updating and download the newest watch OS profile onto ur laptop from online and manual install it using iTunes, it may work I dont know. Look up a video, this is also how u downgrade from iOS 11 beta back to iOS 10 on iphone
What are you talking about? You cannot connect the watch to the computer. Its a stolen Apple Watch that is locked in Demo mode from Apple. Its not running a real version of watchOS and cannot be restored. And you surely don't do it through iTunes.
 

Relentless Power

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try restoring and updating and download the newest watch OS profile onto ur laptop from online and manual install it using iTunes, it may work I dont know. Look up a video, this is also how u downgrade from iOS 11 beta back to iOS 10 on iphone
You have no idea what you're suggesting here. That's not how the Apple Watch operates.
 

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Not much more can be said as the OP likely bought something stolen and these types of threads can and will degrade to accusations and bickering, so I'm closing it
 
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