Apple published today new support document It shows that iOS 15.4 and watchOS 8.5 allow the Apple Watch to be restored with a nearby iPhone.
The support document states that if an Apple Watch running watchOS 8.5 or later displays an animation in which the Apple Watch and iPhone are being brought together, customers can follow the steps below to begin the restore process. Huh:
1. Make sure an iPhone is nearby. The iPhone needs to be iOS 15.4 or later, it needs to be connected to Wi-Fi with Bluetooth, and it needs to be unlocked.
2. Put your Apple Watch on its charger.
3. Double-click the Side button (the button below the circular Digital Crown) on your Apple Watch.
4. Follow the steps that appear on the iPhone.
If the steps fail, Apple advises customers to check their Wi-Fi connection. Specifically, Apple says to use 2.4GHz networks instead of 5GHz and avoid 802.1X or captive Wi-Fi networks, such as those in hotel rooms.
In an internal memo to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors, Apple said the feature allows customers and technicians to reinstall watchOS on certain Apple Watch models without mailing the device to an Apple repair center. The memo did not specify which Apple Watch models support the feature.
Apple’s support document states that customers may instead see a red exclamation point on their Apple Watch. If it does, Apple says to double-press the side button and then follow the steps mentioned above. If Apple Watch continues to display a red exclamation point, customers are advised to Contact Apple Support To install Mail-in Repair.
iOS 15.4 and watchOS 8.5 were released today along with iPadOS 15.4, macOS 12.3, tvOS 15.4 and HomePod software version 15.4.