iPhone users have the security feature of automatically erasing all the data from their phones if there are too many failed passcode entries. Along with iPhones, Apple has included this security feature on Apple watches too. Most people are unaware of this neat feature, but it will come in handy if you ever lose your Apple watch.
In this article, we will guide you on the simple steps you need to follow to enable this security feature on your Apple watch. Since Apple watches only have a 4-digit passcode, there are only 10000 combinations one can try to open it up. Therefore, anyone who gets a hold of your Apple watch will have access to your data, which is not something you want. So follow the steps mentioned below to safeguard your data on your Apple watch. Now without any further ado, let’s get into it.
How to automatically erase Apple Watch data after multiple failed passcode attempts?
All Apple Watch models have this data swipe feature in the settings menu. Just make sure that your Apple watch’s watchOS is up to date. The steps of the entire process are also straightforward and simple.
- Press the Digital Crown on the right side of the Apple Watch to open up the Home screen.
- Scroll around the apps you see on the Home screen and find the Settings app. Once you find it, tap on it.
- In the Settings menu, scroll down and find the option “Passcode.” Once you see it, tap on it.
- If you already have a passcode, then you can skip this step. But if you have not yet set up a passcode, tap on the “Turn Passcode On” option and set up a preferred passcode for your Apple watch. Then, re-enter the passcode to verify your action.
- Once your passcode is set up, scroll down in the passcode menu and enable the toggle for “Erase Data.” Once Erase data is turned on, you can rest easy that the auto-erase feature on your Apple watch is enabled.
Now, if there are ten failed passcode attempts in opening up your Apple Watch, all your Apple Watch data will be erased. If that happens, you’ll need to configure your Apple Watch as a new device and go through the initial set-up process all over again. So, you need to ensure that nobody among your friends or family plays around with your Apple Watch. Otherwise, you might end up with a cleared-up device.
What else can you do?
There are other things you can try to enhance the security of your Apple Watch.
- You can disable the simple 4-digit passcode on your Apple Watch and enable a stronger one with a maximum limit of 10 digits.
- You can keep Wrist Detection turned on all the time. It will make sure that your Apple Watch always stays locked when you are not wearing it.
So this is all how one can automatically erase Apple Watch data after ten failed passcode attempts. If you have any questions or queries about this article, then comment below, and we will get back to you. Also, be sure to check out our other articles on iPhone tips and tricks, Android tips and tricks, PC tips and tricks, and much more for more helpful information.