Why am I not seeing Apple Watch as backup?

thecore762

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hey guys, I’m new to the whole Apple Watch thing, I got an iPhone max xs and the new Apple Watch 4 44mm SS, but I don’t see where and how it backs up in iCloud. I’d hate to lose data.
I’m so lost...
 

yaboid01

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Aug 26, 2015
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If you backed up your old iPhone via iCloud then restored your XS Max from that same iCloud backup you should see it as a selection from your list of backups in the Watch app. They’re listed by date. Same with iTunes backups.
 

Julien

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Also since you are new to Apple Watch and I think what you are asking. The Apple Watch syncs and sends its data to your iPhone. All of the Apple Watch data is integrated into the iPhone backup. So there is no separate Watch backup in iCloud or iTunes.
 
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Pseudo-Fed

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When you unpair your watch from the phone it backs up the watch to the phone. Then when you make a backup of the phone, phone and watch data are backed up. When you then re-pair watch with phone it will ask if you want to set watch up as new or restore from backup. If this is your first apple watch there won't be any watch data to restore.
 

tromboneaholic

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hey guys, I’m new to the whole Apple Watch thing, I got an iPhone max xs and the new Apple Watch 4 44mm SS, but I don’t see where and how it backs up in iCloud. I’d hate to lose data.
I’m so lost...
Turn on "Health" in iCloud sync on your phone. That's the majority of your watch data as far as activity, achecivements, heart rate, etc...
If something goes wrong, you would have that in the cloud even if something happened to your backup.
 

cornerexit

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Also since you are new to Apple Watch and I think what you are asking. The Apple Watch syncs and sends its data to your iPhone. All of the Apple Watch data is integrated into the iPhone backup. So there is no separate Watch backup in iCloud or iTunes.
Thanks for this. I have a quick question for one of you experts. My S4 shows up Tuesday. So tomorrow I’ll back my phone up again (do it once a month) into iTunes. So when getting my new watch, just turn the old one off, connect new watch to phone and it should ask me to use previous backup of some sorts and installl anything/everything? If that is correct I was planning on turning off Bluetooth after th new watch is done, turn off Bluetooth on phone, then find a setting in the S2 watch to factory default so I can send it in for the exchange?
 

tromboneaholic

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Thanks for this. I have a quick question for one of you experts. My S4 shows up Tuesday. So tomorrow I’ll back my phone up again (do it once a month) into iTunes. So when getting my new watch, just turn the old one off, connect new watch to phone and it should ask me to use previous backup of some sorts and installl anything/everything? If that is correct I was planning on turning off Bluetooth after th new watch is done, turn off Bluetooth on phone, then find a setting in the S2 watch to factory default so I can send it in for the exchange?
Unpair you old watch. This will do the 2 things you are asking.
1, it will create a backup of the watch on your phone.
2. It will erase the watch.
 
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