APPLE WATCHES STORE personal data, so it makes sense to be careful about keeping both the Watch and the information on it as safe as you can. Using a passcode and setting up a way to track your Watch if you do happen to mislay it are two good practices. There are also other settings you should pay attention to, such as those related to health and fitness.
In addition, the Watch and your iPhone sync your data, meaning you need to consider the privacy on your phone too. Since there is always a danger that someone could use your Watch to buy something with Apple Pay without your phone nearby, Watch security is something you should take very seriously. Luckily, protecting your Watch and your data doesn’t take long.
SET UP FIND MY iPHONE
If your Watch does not have the Activation Lock activated, then you need to set up Find My iPhone. To do this, go to Settings on your iPhone, tap your name at the top of the screen, select iCloud and scroll down to Find My iPhone. Tap it, make sure the slider next to the feature is green, then enter your Apple ID. Your iPhone, Watch, and AirPods will be set up.
MORE PRIVATE NOTIFICATIONS
By default, your Watch will show short notifications — the name of the app and alert type or sender name — but if you keep your arm raised, these expand to display the contents of the message or email. To keep things more private, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap Notifications, and move the Notification Privacy switch to on. Now when you receive a notification on your Watch, it won’t expand; tap it to reply, dismiss, or view in the originating app.
SET A PASSCODE FOR APPLE WATCH
01 CHANGE YOUR PASSCODE
There’s always a chance someone can look over your shoulder as you tap in your passcode, so it’s worthwhile changing your passcode every so often.
02 LONGER PASSCODE
You can use a passcode longer than four digits, but in order to do this, you have to unlock the Watch with your iPhone and input the code on there.
03 UNLOCK WITH iPHONE
For greater convenience, you could have your Watch unlock whenever you unlock your iPhone. If this is something you’d like, then just slide this to green.
04 SET A LIMIT
Think about it: if someone stole your Watch, they could try 10,000 times to crack those four digits. Slide this option to green and your Watch will erase all of its data after 10 failed attempts.
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REVIEW YOUR APPLE WATCH’S SECURITY
01 CHECK YOUR PRIVACY
Since your Watch will share the health settings, location services, contacts, and analytics collected by your iPhone, first make sure you lock all these down. Open Settings on your iPhone and tap Privacy.
02 ALTER THE SETTINGS
You can turn Location Services off and see which apps request access to your contacts and health data. Under Analytics, you can turn off “Share iPhone & Watch Analytics.” There’s also a “Share iCloud Analytics” option.
03 TURN OFF FITNESS DATA
Privacy settings can be adjusted to stop your Watch sharing your motion and fitness data. To do this, open the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap My Watch > Privacy and select “Motion & Fitness”.
04 MOVE THE SLIDERS
Within “Motion & Fitness” you’ll see two options — one that allows the Watch to monitor your heart rate and another that determines your step and fitness levels. You can turn both of these off.
05 CHECK ACTIVATION LOCK
Protect your Watch against theft by ensuring the Activation Lock is on. Tap “My Watch,” select your watch name at the top of the screen and tap “i.” If you can see “Find My Apple Watch,” the Lock is activated.
06 DISABLE THE WATCH
If those words don’t appear, see page 74 for how to set up Find My iPhone. Log in when prompted, and you can locate your Watch on a map, play a sound to help you find it, remotely erase it, or enter Lost Mode.