- The “i” icon on an Apple Watch is feature that helps you pair your watch with your iPhone.
- When pairing (or re-pairing) your Apple Watch, the “i” icon helps you manually pair your watch if you don’t want to use the automatic method.
- To unpair a watch from your iPhone, use the “i” icon next to the watch in the Watch app and then choose Unpair Apple Watch.
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The “i” icon on your Apple Watch serves more or less the same purpose as it does throughout iOS and iPadOS — a lowercase “i” enclosed within a circle that represents and offers “information.”
Here’s what you need to know about the Apple Watch’s “i” icons and how they relate to the watch’s interaction with an iPhone.
What is the ‘i’ icon on an Apple Watch?
On an Apple Watch, the “i” icon lets you know that you can get additional information to help you manually pair your watch with an iPhone.
Before you can start using a new Apple Watch, it must be paired with an iPhone. You can perform the pairing process automatically, or use the “i” icon to start the manual pairing process instead.
There are several “i” icons involved in using an Apple Watch; the first starts the manual pairing process, for example, while others give further information and generate the code you’ll need to sync the watch and phone.
Where is the ‘i’ icon on an Apple Watch?
The first “i” icon is found on the Apple Watch’s initial setup screen. To get there, put the unpaired Apple Watch on your wrist. You should see the “i” icon at the lower right.
If you later need to re-pair your Apple Watch with an iPhone, you can manually start and follow the pairing process using “i” icons on the watch. See our re-pairing section below for further information.
How to unpair an Apple Watch using the ‘i’ icon
If you ever need to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone, you can do that easily using the “i” icon — but in this case, you’ll find it on your iPhone’s Watch app rather than on the Apple Watch.
1. Start the Watch app on your iPhone.
2. In the My Watch tab, tap All Watches at the top of the page.
3. You’ll see a list of devices (or, in most cases, only one). Tap the watch you want to unpair.
4. Tap the “i” icon to the right of your selected watch.
5. Tap Unpair Apple Watch and then confirm you want to do this.
How to re-pair an Apple Watch using the ‘i’ icon
If you need to pair (or re-pair) your Apple Watch, you can start the process manually using the “i” icon on the watch itself.
1. Put your unpaired Apple Watch on your wrist.
2. Tap the “i” icon in the lower right and then select your language.
3. On the next screen, tap Start Pairing.
4. You should now see an animation that you could use to automatically pair your Apple Watch, but if you prefer to do it manually, tap the “i” icon at the lower right.
5. On your iPhone, start the Watch app and then tap Start Pairing.
6. On the Position Apple Watch in the Frame page, you can orient the animation on the watch in the frame on the page, but if that’s not working or you prefer to do it manually, tap Pair Manually and select the watch name from the list on the page.