How to Turn Off Your Apple Watch Passcode (Step by Step Guide)

There aren’t many things that are more frustrating than forgetting a password. Sometimes it seems like an endless loop of resetting a password by email, setting a new password, and then eventually forgetting that one, too. For websites and online services, there are plenty of password-storing apps that will not only save your passwords, but maybe even your sanity, too.

This can also apply to mobile device users, and owners of the slick Apple Watch are no exception. Apple Watch users have to enter a passcode to access their watch’s features, and sometimes that passcode needs to be turned off or reset. There can be several reasons for this, but the primary reason is most likely convenience, although it is at the expense of your data security.

The Apple Watch – which was only a few international trademark disputes away from Apple naming it the iWatch – may contain sensitive information that should definitely be protected with a passcode. However, if you find yourself having to turn off the Apple Watch passcode, I’ve got some helpful steps for you below so you can get back to using your favorite wrist accessory how you want to.

Apple Watch Lock Status Icon

Locked: Your Apple Watch is locked. Tap the screen to enter your passcode.

There are two methods you can use to turn off your Apple Watch passcode: 1) with your iPhone, and 2) with the Apple Watch itself.

To turn off your Apple Watch passcode with your iPhone:

  1. Find and open the “Watch” application on your iPhone.
    • The app should look like your Watch laying on its side.
  2. Select the “My Watch” tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
    • This tab is small, and is to the left of the “Face Gallery” tab.
  3. Scroll through the options and select “Passcode” by tapping on it.
    • This option is typically found below the “Sounds & Haptics” option and above the “Privacy” option.
  4. Select the “Turn Passcode Off” option at the top of your iPhone screen.
  5. Select the second “Turn Passcode Off” button which then appears at the bottom of your screen.
    • Please note that your cards used for Apple Pay will be removed from your Apple Watch if you remove your passcode!
  6. After accessing your Apple Watch again, enter your passcode into the Apple Watchto confirm that you’re the proper owner. This will complete the process and turn off your passcode.

Create an Apple Watch passcode.

After that, you’re all set! Your Apple Watch will no longer require a passcode to access its features.

If you can access your Apple Watch, you can also remove the passcode directly from the Apple Watch itself with the following steps:

  1. Find and open the “Settings” application on your Apple Watch.
    • The “Settings” app is gray and looks like a gear.
  2. Scroll through the options to find the “Passcode” option. Select the “Passcode” option by tapping it.
    • This option is typically found below the “Sounds & Haptics” option and above the “Privacy” option.
  3. Tap the “Turn Passcode Off” button at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap the “Turn off” button which then appears.
    • Please note that your cards used for Apple Pay will be removed from your Apple Watch if you remove your passcode!
  5. Finally, enter your current passcode to confirm that you’re the proper owner. This will complete the process and turn off your passcode.

 

Your Apple Watch passcode should now be removed, and now you should be able to access your smart watch at any time, passcode-free!

It’s very important to note that these steps may not work if you are using a managed iPhone. A managed iPhone is one which you may have gotten from an employer, for example. On those iPhones, the password management system is run by your employer, and cannot be accessed or changed by you, the user.

Sometimes it can be a simple passcode requirement that your iPhone has if you access your work emails on your iPhone, even if the iPhone itself is yours.

This password change restriction may also likely apply to your Apple Watch, which means that you won’t be able to change your Apple Passcode with the steps above. The “Turn Passcode Off” option will be grayed out in this case, and will not be selectable.

If you have a managed iPhone and you want to change your passcode, you’ll have to contact your device administrator for more information and help.

Don’t have a managed iPhone? Don’t have password restrictions from a work email service? Then just follow the steps outlined above, and enjoy your passcode-free Apple Watch!