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Guide to securing your Apple Watch

If technology is being used against you, use this website to secure your tech. Learn about technology-facilitated abuse.

Note that depending on your devices/updates, the steps below may vary.

Many security and privacy settings are managed through your iCloud account rather than your watch. Your Apple Watch shows you which settings it shares with your iPhone.


Remember, depending on whether or not you are living with the person who is harming you, you may choose to take different steps. Control and coercion make some of these steps impossible or not safe. Read these cautions before taking action.

Secure your tech

Apple Watch security guide

Step 1: Pair with iPhone and sign into Apple ID
Step 2: How to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone
Step 3: Erasing your Apple Watch if you don’t have your iPhone
Step 4: Be Aware of Activation Lock
Step 5: How to Enable Notification Privacy

Tech safety tool

Secure your tech through our interactive tool. Click below to access videos in four languages.

Tech safety tool

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