An iPhone can now restore an Apple Watch

Apple announces that an iPhone running at least iOS 15.4 is now able to restore an Apple Watch running at least watchOS 8.5. These two updates have been available since yesterday (here for iOS 15.4, there for watchOS 8.5).

iPhone Restore Apple Watch

A way to restore your Apple Watch using your iPhone

On a dedicated sheet, Apple explains that your Apple Watch can optionally display an animation inviting you to approach your iPhone to the watch. This means that your watch has a problem and it needs to be updated or restored. A red exclamation mark may also appear.

If your Apple Watch displays an animation with the watch and an iPhone (like in the image above), here’s what to do:

  • Make sure an iPhone is nearby. The iPhone must have iOS 15.4 or later, it must be connected to Wi-Fi with Bluetooth enabled, and it must be unlocked.
  • Place your Apple Watch on its charger.
  • Double-click the side button (the button below the circular crown) on your Apple Watch.
  • Follow the steps that appear on the iPhone.

If there is the red exclamation point, press the side button on the Apple Watch (under the circular crown) and follow the on-screen instructions. If the watch continues to display a red exclamation point, contact Apple Support to arrange a repair.

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