My Apple watch recently started asking me to ‘enter the password for your Apple ID’. It has been driving me absolutely crazy. I would enter the password and a few minutes later it would ask me to enter it again.
If I pressed cancel it just continued to ask for the password. After a search online it became clear that I am not the only one. The good news is I think I have solved the problem and I will share what worked for me below.
Why is my Apple watch asking for my password?
Finding the cause of the problem is almost as difficult as finding the fix. Some sources blame the last iPhone update and others blame resetting your Apple ID password. What we do know it is that it is a very annoying problem.
I tried resetting my password, updating the software on my phone and watch but nothing seemed to work.
How to fix Apple watch is constantly asking for Apple ID password?
To my surprise, the problem was resolved by unpairing the watch from the iPhone and then repairing it. It took all of 10 minutes and I am very pleased to say that it has not asked me for the Apple ID password since!
Will I lose any data unpairing my watch from my phone?
The Apple watch automatically backs up to your iPhone. But consider doing a manual back up to Itunes or the iCloud if you are concerned. This back up includes most items but does not include everything (for full information click here.)
The back up does include things like;
- Credit or Debit card information
- Bluetooth pairings
- Any messages
How to unpair the Apple watch from your phone?
It is very important that your iPhone and Apple watch remain next to each other throughout the unpairing and pairing.
- On your iPhone, navigate to the Watch App and open
- The Apple Watch app will open.
- At the top, you will see Apple watch (or your watch name) click this.
- A new window will open, select Unpair Apple Watch
- You will be prompted once more to confirm, press Unpair Apple Watch
- You will now be asked to enter your Apple ID and select Unpair
- The iPhone will confirm it is starting the unpairing process.
- The Apple watch will show that it is unpairing too.
- This may take a while, make sure you keep your iPhone and Apple Watch close together until completed.
Once the unpairing has completed you will be able to pair the iPhone and Apple watch again. The watch and iPhone will guide you through the process of pairing again. There should be an option to restore from the backup, which it is fine to do. Avoid doing anything with either device until notified. Remember to keep them close together.
Hopefully, this fix will mean that your Apple watch stops constantly asking for your Apple ID password!
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