Switching to new iphone

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by joydens, Nov 2, 2017.

  1. joydens macrumors member

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    i know the procedure to switch over to a new iPhone with regards an  Watch ie. unpair watch, backup existing iphone, restore new iPhone, pair  Watch to new iPhone and restore from backup

    With all my stuff in the cloud I’d really like to start this new iPhone from new but presume I can’t do that because of the  Watch? If I start iPhone from new then presumably I am going to lose my  Watch backups and hence all my achievements , move streak etc.
     
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  3. joydens thread starter macrumors member

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  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    Your watch backup has nothing to do with streaks and achievements. It only saves your watch’s settings.

    As long as you have iCloud health enabled, once you sign into iCloud on your phone that you set up as new, health will begin to restore. It’s a slow process depending on how much held there data you have. My 1 year took about 20 minutes. Once that is all done and you verify it in the health and activity app. You can pair your watch.

    You will have to reconfigure your watch settings, dock and home screen layout. But that’s it. All health and activity data will remain.

    Jut verify that you have something in iCloud storage for health. Mine is about 60MB and then it expands to 500MB on the phone after restore.

    I’ve done this a few times so I can verify it works.
     
  5. joydens thread starter macrumors member

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    That’s exactly what I wanted to hear thank you! So presumably the watch is querying the health data on the phone when it reports a longest move streak? I am at 873 days and really do not want to lose it!
     
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    Correct. Everything that’s important is in activity. Just be warned, it’s a slow restore process. I was getting anxious because I didn’t want to lose my streaks again (bad luck with backups in the past). But all said it done, it worked perfectly.
     
  7. joydens thread starter macrumors member

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    Again thank you that is good to know. My Health data is currently at 421.1 Mb

    I shall of course take backups before hand just in case! :)
     
  8. joydens thread starter macrumors member

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    37289F85-2258-4E8E-807E-AF664B73B1FB.jpeg I’m sure your right as you say you have done several times but Apple article appears to imply that you need to restore your watch from a backup to get your achievements. Confused!
     
  9. joydens thread starter macrumors member

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    According to Apple Support the procedure to switch your  Watch to a new iPhone has changed if your running watchOS 4.1 and iOS 11.1

    You don’t have to unpair the watch first.

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT205189
     

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