How to remove password from your Apple Watch and other passcode tips for Apple Watch users

Remove Passcode from Apple Watch

The Password feature on the Apple Watch is there to help you protect your privacy and is used for authentication. That being said, the password feature can be annoying for many users who simply use their Apple Watch for basic notifications and other activity tracking features. You can easily remove the password from your Apple Watch with a few easy steps.

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How to Remove Password from your Apple Watch

Follow these quick steps below to temporarily remove the password feature from your Apple Watch. 

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple WatchRemove passcode from Apple Watch
  2. Tap on Passcode
  3. Select ‘Turn passcode off’Remove Passcode from Apple Watch

You can also turn the password feature off on your Apple Watch using your iPhone.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on the ‘My Watch’ tab at the bottom left
  3. Tap PasscodeUse iPhone to turn off Apple Watch passcode
  4. and select ‘Turn Passcode Off’

This will remove the password from your Apple Watch so that you are not required to allow it every few minutes of inactivity.

An important point to note here is that you cannot use your Apple Watch for Apple pay if you turn off the Passcode feature on your Apple Watch.

How to set up simple 4 digit passcode on your Apple Watch?

Many users have become accustomed to a four digit passcode on their Apple devices including the Apple Watch. There is an easy way to force your Apple Watch to only use a 4 digit code instead of six digits.

Here is how you can make this change in less than a minute.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on ‘My Watch’ tab 
  3. Tap Passcode
  4. Enable ‘Simple Passcode’ on this screenUse four digit simple passcode on Apple Watch

This will make sure that your Apple Watch is set up with a simple 4 digit passcode of your choice. You can also access this function directly on your Apple Watch via Settings > Passcode

Unlock Apple Watch with iPhone

For additional convenience, Apple also provides a feature that will automatically unlock your Apple Watch when you unlock your iPhone. This is handy since you may be using FaceID on your iPhone. Use iPhone to unlock Apple Watch

In order to use this feature, you will need to enable the ‘Unlock with iPhone’ feature on the passcode screen. Please note that this feature only works when you are wearing your Apple Watch.

Does Apple Watch keep asking for Passcode?

The key principle for users who use Apple Pay on their Apple Watch is that this requires you to set up a passcode as mentioned earlier.

However, you do not need to digit the passcode all the time. You only need the passcode to unlock the watch when you put it on your wrist for the first time. When you take off the watch and put it on your wrist again, it will ask for the passcode. Once it’s unlocked, you do not need to input the passcode to use Apple Pay. Just double click for Apple Pay and you are set.

Some users often complain that their Apple Watch asks for a passcode continuously. If your watch keeps locking and is asking you for a passcode continuously, it may be that it’s not recognizing that it’s on your wrist. If it’s being worn too loosely or you have wrist tattoos, that could be the problem. 

If you wear long sleeves, make sure they don’t go below the watch and stop the contact with your skin.

In our experience, we have seen this issue mostly with folks who have tattoos on their wrist and wear Apple Watch.

Lastly, if you have met all the requirements mentioned above and are still running into this issue, try and factory reset the Apple Watch and see if it solves the problem.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you have additional ideas surrounding this topic using the comments below.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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