If your Apple Watch displays a notice claiming you’ve entered your passcode too many times to unlock it, you’ll need to reset it and pair it again.
You might be wondering how to reset your watch and whether you’ll lose your content and data if you do so. I’ll show you how to fix the “too many passcode attempts” bug in this article.
Why does this message appear?
You’re seeing it because you’ve made a number of incorrect passcode entries. However, you have had a series of failed attempts prior to seeing this reset notification.
Your watch will lock itself after the first five failed tries, preventing you from entering any additional passcodes. “Wrong Passcode,” a message will appear. In 1 minute, try again.”
You will not be able to try again until this minute has passed. If you enter the erroneous passcode again after the one-minute period, your watch will display “Try again in 5 minutes.”
If you enter the erroneous passcode again after 5 minutes, you will be requested to wait 15 minutes.
If you make another unsuccessful attempt, you will be required to wait another 15 minutes. If you type in the wrong passcode again, your watch will tell you to try again in 60 minutes.
After 60 minutes, if you input the erroneous passcode again, your watch will be disabled and you will receive the “too many attempts” error.
Clearly, you’ve had a string of terrible luck, and after so many failed attempts, you’re not sure what your passcode is. You’ll have to reset your Apple Watch before you can use it again.
How to back up before resetting
The first question you might have is what will happen to the content and data on your Apple Watch. Will you be able to keep them? Is it possible to make a backup before resetting? The answer is that your data will not be lost.
You won’t need to perform a backup because an automatic backup will be performed during the unpairing procedure. Your most recent data will be saved to the iPhone with which you are linked.
How To Back Up Apple Watch To iPhone, iCloud, Or Computer & Restore From Backup is one of our articles that explains this in more detail.
How to reset and pair again to fix the ‘too many attempts’ error
To delete the current passcode from your watch, you’ll need to erase it. Because you can’t access Settings on your watch because it’s disabled, you can’t go to General > Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings.
However, there are two ways to go about it:
Using the iPhone
- Make sure your watch and iPhone are in close proximity.
- Open the Watch app on your iPhone and select My Watch.
- Reset by going to General > Reset.
- Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings is the option. Then follow the directions on the screen.
Using your watch
- Place your watch on the charger it came with.
- Hold the Side button down until the power off screen appears.
- Hold the Digital Crown down until the reset screen appears, then tap Reset and follow the onscreen instructions.
More information on how to unpair an Apple Watch when the paired iPhone is no longer available can be found in the article How to Unpair an Apple Watch When the Paired iPhone is No Longer Available.
You’ll have to pair your device again after the reset. Bring your watch and phone together and follow the iPhone’s instructions.
You can either set up your device as new or restore it from a backup during the pairing process.
Activation Lock is not removed during this procedure. During the setup procedure, you’ll be asked to input your Apple ID and password.
You can create a new passcode once you’ve completed the instructions. Just make sure you don’t forget about it.