How to force Watch to Backup?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by legaleye3000, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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    In iOS, I can force the phone to backup to iCloud. How do I force watch to backup? Thanks.
     
  2. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    Unpair from your phone. It will backup to the phone.

    If you have iCloud sync on for health, your activity achievements and health data are already synced without a backup.
     
  3. DDustiNN macrumors 68000

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    I had issues with this. I wanted to unpair my new s4 watch from my XS phone, then pair it with my X (since I was gonna return the XS). The only info I could find said that watch backups are done automatically when unpairing, and when backing up a phone. Since my phone was already backed up that afternoon, I proceeded to unpair my watch from the XS (certainly both backup methods were covered in this case, right?). Then I paired it do the X, and tried to restore from backup... but there was nothing to be found. The only backup available was a s0 backup from November 2017. Wtf?

    I tried multiple times and could never get it to work. Makes no sense since it was the exact same watch, just moving to a different phone. Very annoying. I wish it would just let you see it like any other device.

    However, whenever I’d get a new phone, and restore from backups, I’ve always been able to restore my watch as well. I guess the backups are linked to the phone backups, rather than individually? I’m not really sure, but it was very frustrating.
     
  4. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    The watch backs up to the phone.

    The backup was on your X because you unpaired after you set up the XS.

    iCloud sync would transfer your health data and achievements between watches without a backup, so it’s just a matter of setting up watchfaces.
     

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