Un-pairing and re-pairing Apple Watch

While trying to troubleshoot the Thanksgiving activity fail I contacted Apple support and they suggested un-pairing and re-pairing the apple watch. This did not fix the problem, and the support person on the online chat at that point didn’t have any more ideas and wanted to set up an “RTA” (request for technical assistance) phone call. That’s way more effort than I’m willing to go through to try to figure this out.

Meanwhile, un-pairing and re-pairing is no fun. It takes forever, and I’ve had a number of problems since then.

  • Streaks stopped syncing to the watch. Now it shows a phone icon and says “Add a task to begin.” I tried to uninstall/reinstall it from the watch, which didn’t help. I bet¬†uninstall/reinstall on the phone would fix it, but then I’d have to recreate all my tasks and schedules. (Update: This corrected itself after two days.)
  • Contrary to Apple’s documentation, my app layout was not preserved. Thumbs down.
  • Also worth mentioning that this process takes a¬†long time. That’s because when you un-pair the entire watch is backed up to the phone.