What's the Procedure when Replacing iPhone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by CodeSpyder, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. CodeSpyder macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I'll be getting the iPhone 6s Plus on 9/25 if all goes well. Are there any things I need to know to get the new phone working with my Apple Watch?
  2. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    • Check Activity App on iPhone and :apple:Watch to be sure all info is on the iPhone (use calories as the best guide)
    • Backup to iCloud or encrypted iTunes backup
    • Un Pair :apple:Watch (do not wipe old iPhone until you have completed restore on the new iPhone)
    • Restore backup to new iPhone
    • Pair :apple:Watch to new iPhone (all data between the time of backup and pairing will be lost so don't wait)

  3. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2015
    You will want to unpair the watch before you back up the phone, as unpairing the watch forces the watch to backup to the phone.
  4. JayLenochiniMac, Sep 17, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2015

    JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    The Watch is continuously backed up to the iPhone, but yes, it's better to unpair the watch right before you back up the phone as that forces the iPhone to do a last-second backup of the watch (as opposed to however long has passed since the automatic backup last occurred).
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Unpair you watch
    Make an encrypted backup via iTunes
    Restore new phone with backup from iTunes
    Pair watch with new phone

  6. Cowboy1629 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
    So if you want to start with a fresh new phone there is no way to get the activity data to the new phone short of restoring the new phone with a backup from the old phone?

    I'm just on my second day with my new Apple Watch Space Gray Sport but I will be upgrading from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone 6s Friday and was hoping to be able to keep what I have accomplished so far but no big deal if I can't but next year when I upgrade I will hate to loose a years worth of data. It would be nice if this information was stored on the iCloud.
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Simply restore from your iPhone 6 backup. The practice of restoring as new is rather anal retentive and unnecessary.
  8. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    AMEN! i've had an iPhone for several years.... i use it for other things WAY more than i use it as a phone and have a TON of historical stuff on there.... that's the whole reason i ended up in the whole apple eco system with and iMac, iPad, apple tv, apple watch....

    and i'm looking forward to many more achievements! including the 365, 500 and 1000 move achievements (and whatever else they are adding when we finally get OS2!

    now if i only used the phone as a phone and an occasional we browser... then i guess there'd be no issue with restoring as new.....
  9. Beards macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2014
    Derbyshire UK
    Sorry but are you saying you should restore your brand new iPhone 6s before you switch it on for the first time to set it up?
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Turn it on, restore from your iPhone 6 (or 5s/5) backup, then you can set up the Watch (since its backup is stored in iPhone's backup).

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