How to Backup Apple Watch

Backing up data to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch means that you will have a copy of your personal information that will come in handy if you replace, lose or damage your device.

Table of Contents

Choosing a backup method

Before you begin, find out the difference between iCloud backups and backups created on your computer, and then choose the most suitable method. If you need an additional backup, you can create one copy in iCloud, and the other on your computer.

Backup Using iCloud

  1. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. Go to the Settings menu [your name] and select iCloud.
    How to Backup Apple Watch
  3. Select iCloud Copy.
  4. Click on “Back Up”. Do not disconnect from the Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.

You can check the progress and confirm the completion of the backup. Go to the Settings menu [your name] iCloud “Backup in iCloud.” Under the Create Backup command, the date and time of the last backup are displayed.

Automatic backup in iCloud

To set up daily automatic backup of data on your device in iCloud, you must do the following:

  • Make sure “Backup in iCloud” is enabled in the Settings menu [your name] iCloud “Backup in iCloud.”
  • Connect the device to a power source.
  • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Make sure the device’s screen is locked.
  • Check if iCloud has enough free space to back up. When registering with iCloud, 5 GB of iCloud storage is provided for free. If you need to increase iCloud storage, you can purchase additional storage using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. You can purchase a subscription from 50 GB for 0.99 per month. Details of tariffs for your area.

Backup Using iTunes

  1. Connect the device to the computer. On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15: open the Finder window. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a Windows computer, open iTunes.
  2. If you are prompted to enter a password for the device or select this computer as trusted, follow the on-screen instructions. If you do not remember the password, read the help information.
  3. Find your device on the computer. If the device does not appear on the computer, find out what actions should be performed.
  4. To save the data of the Health and Activity programs from the device or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt the backup: select the checkbox next to the option “Encrypt backup [device name]” and set a well-remembered password. If you do not want to save the data of the Health and Activity programs, you can create an unencrypted copy. Just click Create Copy Now.

Make a note of the password and save it in a safe place, since it is impossible to restore data from iTunes backup without this password.

  • At the end of the process, you can see if the backup completed successfully.