Watch stuck unpairing. Won't turn on after reset

user1234

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I was moving my Apple Watch series 4 To another iPhone and it got stuck unpairing. After a very long time I decided to reset the watch by holding the two side buttons until it rebooted.

Now it won't boot. If I try it will show the Apple logo for a while then turn off. If I out it on the charger it will boot loop for hours. I have tried resetting multiple times both on and off charger.

It's in an unpaired state but won't start so it can be paired. I assume it's time to call Apple, but if I don't get it going soon today I will miss out on the February challenge which I have worked hard to complete. Anyone have any ideas before I call Apple?
 

TheSkywalker77

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Hmm, I think your issue was hard rebooting it while it was doing an operation as major as unpairing. Even if you think it's stuck it probably wasn't. Bringing it to Apple might be your last hope.
 

user1234

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Hmm, I think your issue was hard rebooting it while it was doing an operation as major as unpairing. Even if you think it's stuck it probably wasn't. Bringing it to Apple might be your last hope.
Yes, but the problem is that while it was unpairing I started a restore of the phone it was unpairing from. I forgot that it wasn't done since it had been so long. There was no way it could finish the unpairing and it was just stuck for what seemed like an eternity. At no point did the iPhone or Mac deny a restore because it was unpairing. That could have been a good thing to protect from.

I have talked to Apple and I'm sending it in. Will probably be without it for a week.
 

TheSkywalker77

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Yes, but the problem is that while it was unpairing I started a restore of the phone it was unpairing from. I forgot that it wasn't done since it had been so long. There was no way it could finish the unpairing and it was just stuck for what seemed like an eternity. At no point did the iPhone or Mac deny a restore because it was unpairing. That could have been a good thing to protect from.

I have talked to Apple and I'm sending it in. Will probably be without it for a week.
Ah, good luck on the repair. And hopefully you can complete your February challenge!
 

user1234

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Ah, good luck on the repair. And hopefully you can complete your February challenge!
Thanks! The February challenge is not happening though. I have to complete my move goal 29 days during the month. Even being without the watch for a day spoils my chances of getting that done. If I'm lucky I'll have it back before the end of next week. Could probably be done in an hour in an Apple Store, but I'm not driving 4 hours including the return trip for that.

Just a bit frustrating when I have completed every day so far. And if you exercise without recording it, did it really happen? 🤣 Also the motivation part. Oh well. It's only a week.
 

TheSkywalker77

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Thanks! The February challenge is not happening though. I have to complete my move goal 29 days during the month. Even being without the watch for a day spoils my chances of getting that done. If I'm lucky I'll have it back before the end of next week. Could probably be done in an hour in an Apple Store, but I'm not driving 4 hours including the return trip for that.

Just a bit frustrating when I have completed every day so far. And if you exercise without recording it, did it really happen? 🤣 Also the motivation part. Oh well. It's only a week.
True. There's always March, though.
 
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