Backing up your iPhone or iPad is undoubtedly among the smartest things to do if you want to make sure that your personal information won’t fall into the wrong hands. If you now own a paired Apple Watch, your wearable device will automatically get backed up every time you back up your iOS device to iCloud or iTunes.
While this practice comes in handy, one major drawback is that it may put a lot of pressure on your iPhone or iPad’s storage. Therefore, it’s a good idea to delete all of your old Apple Watch backups from your iPhone to reclaim some storage space on your iPhone.
In this guide, we will go through the steps to delete Apple Watch backups from your iPhone. Before we dive in, make sure that you now have a modern version of iOS on your iPhone (iOS 10 or newer)
How to remove old Apple Watch backups from your iPhone
To remove an Apple Watch backup from your iPhone, you first need to locate it on your iOS device. If you need help, make sure that you check out the steps below.
Step one: Launch the Settings app from your iPhone’s home screen and then tap on General to proceed
Step two: When you are in, hit iPhone Storage. From here, you will see a list of all apps and services that are currently using your iPhone’s storage. Locate Watch and tap on it
Step three: Navigate to the Documents and Data section and you will see all your Apple Watch backups
Step four: All you need to do now is swipe from right to left on all Backups you wish to remove from your device and hit the red Delete button (alternatively, hit the Edit button in the upper right corner and tap on the red button to the left of a backup to delete it).
If you want to delete all Apple Watch Backups at the same time from your iPhone, you simply need to tap on the Remove All Backups at the bottom and hit Remove Now to confirm your action.
How to back up your iPhone with iTunes
Step one: Connect your iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC and open iTunes on your computer (make sure that you now have the latest version of iTunes on your computer)
Step two: Select your iPhone in iTunes and hit the Back Up Now button to start the backup process (make sure that this computer and Encrypt iPhone Backup are selected).
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