How Do You Lock Apple Watch?

If you’re a new Apple Watch owner, it’s possible that you will have encountered issues when it comes to locking and unlocking your new watch. If you’ve found yourself searching for ‘how do you lock Apple Watch’ or similar search terms, this is the perfect article for you. 

“How do you lock Apple Watch?” and other frequently asked questions!

We’re going to be looking into locking and unlocking your Apple Watch, setting passcodes, and programming your watch to lock both manually and automatically. Let’s get started.

How do you lock and unlock an Apple Watch?

There are a few different methods to locking and unlocking your Apple Watch and each method has its pros and cons. Some locking methods alter key Apple Watch features, so here’s a comprehensive guide on how to lock an Apple Watch. 

  • To unlock using a passcode: Wake the Apple Watch up, enter the watch passcode, and press OK.
  • To unlock your Apple Watch when you unlock your iPhone: Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, tap ‘Passcode’, select the ‘Unlock with iPhone option’. 

It’s also possible to unlock your Apple Watch via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Simply open the app, tap ‘Passcode’, and turn on the ‘Unlock with iPhone’ option. 

Note: your phone and watch must be within the normal Bluetooth range in order to successfully unlock your Apple Watch. 

It’s a good idea to ensure that your iPhone and Apple Watch passcodes are different – this ensures extra security, however, they can be the same if you wish.

How to change the passcode on an Apple Watch

It’s possible to change the passcode you first created when setting up your Apple Watch. It’s quick and easy to do and will only take a minute or so. 

  • To change the passcode on your Apple Watch, open the Settings app on your watch and tap ‘Passcode’. You’ll then be presented with a series of instructions to follow. 
  • Longer passcodes can be created if you open the Settings app on your watch and turn off the ‘Simple Passcode’ option.
  • To alter the passcode from your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, tap ‘My Watch’, then ‘Passcode’, and finally select ‘Change Passcode’.

Turn off using passcodes to lock/unlock Apple Watches

  • If you wish to no longer use a passcode, open the Apple Watch app and tap ‘Passcode’, then tap to turn the passcode option off. 
  • You can also do this from your iPhone by opening the Apple Watch app, tapping ‘My Watch’, ‘Passcode’, and then turning off the passcode option.

Note: that when you disable the use of passcodes on your watch, you can no longer use Apple Pay on your Apple Watch.

Automatic lock options for Apple Watches

The default setting for your Apple Watch is to lock automatically when you’re not wearing it, this can be altered by doing the following:

Open the Apple Watch Settings menu and tap ‘Passcode’, then select ‘Turn Wrist Detection On/Off’.

Note: Turning off the automatic wrist detection feature will affect the following Apple Watch features: 

  • Using Apple Pay will propt you to enter your passcode when authorising payments on your watch.
  • Some activity tracking measurements are unavailable, as well as heart rate tracking and related notifications.
  • Apple Watch no longer automatically locks and unlocks.
  • The Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 or later will no longer automatically make emergency calls, even after detecting a hard impact fall.

Manually lock Apple Watch

To manually lock your Apple Watch, touch and hold the bottom of the screen, then swipe up to open the control panel. From there, tap the padlock icon to lock your watch.

Additional Notes: If you forget your Apple Watch password, you’ll need to erase it from your iPhone’s memory and then pair the devices again.

If you wish to add additional security to your Apple Watch, you can use the ‘Erase Data’ function. This will erase the Apple Watches data after 10 consecutive failed passcode attempts.