Restore or Setup as New?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 19, 2006
Trenton, FL
My wife and I both have new series 4 watches coming. We're upgrading from S0. Should we restore from backup or set them up as new? My wife's battery has been terrible on hers and I don't want any software issues to come over from a backup (if that's even possible). There's nothing stored on them, no pictures, etc. The only thing I'd like to keep is health data.


macrumors 6502
Oct 27, 2003
I'm not sure there's a way to keep the health data without using the encrypted backup -- maybe someone can suggest a way, but I thought that's tied to restoring from a backup.

Newtons Apple

Mar 12, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida
All of your watches data is stored on the iPhone and not the watch. If you unpair you previous watch you will have the option of using the backup for setting up the watch. The back up will bring all of your watch settings forward to your new watch.

I set up as new on mine as it only takes a few minutes for me to set up my watch.