Much like your iPhone, there is potentially sensitive information that can appear or be accessed from your Apple Watch. But if you have a passcode that you no longer wish to use, then follow these steps to turn off the passcode on an Apple Watch.
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
- Select the My Watch tab.
- Scroll down and choose Passcode.
- Choose the Turn Passcode Off option.
- Touch the Turn Off Passcode Lock button at the bottom of the screen.
- Enter the passcode on the watch to confirm.
Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps. We also provide steps for turning off the passcode directly from the watch.
Your Apple Watch can contain some fairly sensitive information, so one of the initial steps when you first set it up involved creating a passcode. This passcode needs to be entered each time you put the watch on your wrist, which is a helpful security measure in the event that your watch is ever stolen.
But you may find that you don’t like having a passcode on the Apple Watch, and that you want to remove it. Fortunately you can do this in two separate ways; either directly from the Apple Watch itself, or through the Watch app on your iPhone.
How to Remove the Passcode on the Apple Watch
The steps below were performed with an iPhone 7 running iOS 10 and an Apple Watch running Watch OS 3.0. Once you complete these steps, you will remove your cards used with Apple Pay from the Watch. You can remove the passcode either from the iPhone, or from the Watch itself. We will show how to remove the passcode on each of the devices in the steps below.
How to Remove the Apple Watch Passcode from the iPhone
Step 1: Open the Watch app.
Step 2: Select the My Watch tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Passcode option.
Step 4: Tap the Turn Passcode Off button at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Tap the Turn Off Passcode Lock button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 6: Enter the passcode on the Apple Watch.
As mentioned previously, you can also turn off the passcode directly from the watch, if you would prefer not to use the method through the iPhone’s Watch app.
How to Remove the Apple Watch Passcode Directly from the Watch
Step 1: Open the Settings app on the Watch.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Passcode option.
Step 3: Tap the Turn Passcode Off button at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the Turn Off button.
Step 5: Enter the current passcode to complete the process.
The passcode on the Apple Watch is a separate thing from the passcode on your iPhone. They can be different, and turning one off won’t affect the passcode on the other device.
While it can be more convenient to remove the passcode from the Apple Watch, it does remove security that could keep your data safe is the watch is stolen, or if an unwanted person checks it. You can always turn the passcode back on later if you decide you want to use it.
Would you like to stop the reminders on the Apple Watch that come from the Breath app? Turn them off with the steps here and stop receiving the periodic reminders.
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