Fix: Too Many Passcode Attempts (Reset and Pair Apple Watch)

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Entering the wrong password too many times on your Apple Watch will lead you to the “Too Many Passcode Attempts” error message. The message further asks you to reset your Apple Watch and pair it again with your iOS device. If you are also facing the same problem and are looking for a guide on how you can reset your Apple Watch and Pair it back again to get rid of the “Too Many Passcode Attempts” error message then you have landed at the right place.

Here, I am going to show you a complete step by step guide on how you can reset your Apple Watch and Pair it back again to get it working. This fixing guide is applicable to almost all the Apple Watches including:

  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch SE

There have also been queries in the user’s mind related to the resetting of the Apple Watch like data loss and its backup. I’ll be covering such things here as well. So, let’s get started now.

Why does the “Too Many Passcode Attempts” error appear?

The reason for the appearance of this message is simple. You can have the wrong passcode too many times on your Apple Watch. You get the “Too Many Passcode Attempts” message when you have attempted to unlock the Apple Watch too many times with the wrong password. Too many wrong attempts make the Apple Watch lock itself, preventing you from entering any more wrong or right passcodes.

Instead, it greets you with a message saying, “Wrong Passcode. Try again in 1 min.” That means you will have to now wait for 1 minute before attempting to unlock your watch again. After this 1 min, if you again enter a wring passcode, this waiting time will become 5 min. This increment keeps on going to 15 minutes and then 60 minutes if you continuously enter a wrong passcode after the countdown is finished.

After 60 minutes, if you again enter the wrong passcode then this time, the Apple Watch will not increase the waiting time but will greet you with the “Too Many Passcode Attempts” message and will ask you to reset your Apple Watch and pair it again with your iOS device.

What about my data on Apple Watch if I Reset it?

Ok, so we know that in order to get this issue resolved, we’ll have to reset our Apple Watch. But the next thing that comes to mind is what about my Watch’s content and data. Shall I lose it? And if yes, then what’s the way to make a backup of that?

Well, the answer to this problem is really simple you’ll not lose any data from your Apple Watch. And you don’t need to do any kind of manual backup of your data. This is because, in the process of resetting the Apple Watch, it gets unpaired from your iOS device and during this unpairing, an automatic backup of your Apple Watch data is created on your linked iOS device which can be restored when you pair the watch again.

How to Reset and Fix the “Too Many Passcode Attempts” Error on Apple Watch

Now, let’s finally see how we can reset the Apple Watch to finally get rid of the “Too Many Passcode Attempts” situation. You can reset your Apple Watch in two ways. One is by using the liked iOS device like an iPhone/iPad or by using the Apple Watch itself. Let’s explore both ways.

Method 1: Reset Apple Watch using iPhone/iPad

Step 1: Make sure the Watch and iPhone are close to each other.

Step 2: Now on your iPhone, open the Watch app and go to the My Watch option.

Step 3: Navigate to General > Reset.

Step 4: Tap on the Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings option.

Confirm your selection if asked and that’s it, your Apple Watch will get reset to the factory default.

Method 2: Reset Apple Watch without iPhone/iPad

Step 1: Connect the Apple Watch to its charger.

Step 2: Now, press and hold the Side Button of the watch until you see the power off screen.

Step 3: Now, press and hold the watch’s Digital Crown until the reset screen appears.

Step 4: Tap on the Reset option and follow the on-screen instruction to reset it.

Once the Watch is reset, it is time to pair the watch again to your iOS device. To do so, bring the Apple Watch and the iOS device close to each other and follow the on-screen instructions on your iOS device.

During the pairing process, it will ask you to either restore the backup or set it up as a new Apple Watch. As you are not interested in losing your previous Apple settings and data, you can select the “Restore from Backup” option. This will restore your Apple Watch to where it was before unpairing and resetting.

Note: This process of resetting and re-pairing the Apple Watch doesn’t remove the Activation Lock. You’ll need to enter your Apple ID credentials during the set-up process. After that, you’ll be able to create a new passcode for your watch.

Bottom Line

So, this is how you can reset your Apple Watch and pair it again to your iOS device to get rid of the “Too Many Passcode Attempts” error. This is actually not an error and if you have come to this point where the watch is saying Too Many Passcode Attempts, then either you have gone through a series of bad luck or someone else has tried to unlock your watch. This is because, as I have explained, this message comes at the very end of attempting a lot of wring passcodes. But you don’t have to worry as a simple reset and re-pair of the watch get you as good as before.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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