How to Stop the Apple Watch from Locking When Removed from Wrist

Tired of your Apple Watch locking every time you take it off your wrist? Don’t worry; you’re not alone, and there’s a simple fix. By tweaking a few settings, you can prevent your Apple Watch from locking automatically. Let’s dive in and learn how to keep your Apple Watch unlocked when it’s not on your wrist.

Step by Step Tutorial: Stop the Apple Watch from Locking

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s understand what we’re going to do here. The Apple Watch has a feature that locks the device when it’s not on your wrist to secure your data. However, you can adjust these settings to stop the watch from locking when you take it off. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch

Navigate to the home screen of your Apple Watch and tap on the Settings app, which looks like a gear.

Accessing the Settings app is the first step to making any changes to how your Apple Watch operates. This is where you can adjust everything from screen brightness to privacy settings.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap ‘Passcode’

Once in settings, you need to find the ‘Passcode’ option. Scroll down using your finger or the digital crown and tap on it.

The ‘Passcode’ section is where you can manage all settings related to the security of your Apple Watch, including the automatic lock feature.

Step 3: Disable ‘Wrist Detection’

In the Passcode settings, look for the option that says ‘Wrist Detection’ and turn it off.

Disabling ‘Wrist Detection’ prevents your Apple Watch from sensing when it is no longer on your wrist, which in turn stops it from locking automatically.

After completing these steps, your Apple Watch will no longer lock itself when you take it off. However, remember that by disabling wrist detection, you’re also turning off some health-related features, like the automatic tracking of your heart rate.

Tips: Make the Most of Your Unlocked Apple Watch

  • Always remember to lock your Apple Watch manually if you’re not wearing it to keep your data secure.
  • Consider enabling a passcode if you haven’t already; this way, you can manually lock and unlock your watch as needed.
  • If you’re worried about losing fitness tracking data, manually start workouts through the Workout App.
  • Re-enable ‘Wrist Detection’ if you’re going for a run or a workout to ensure your activity is tracked accurately.
  • Use the ‘Water Lock’ feature while swimming to prevent accidental taps and swipes on your unlocked Apple Watch.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the consequences of turning off ‘Wrist Detection’?

By turning off ‘Wrist Detection,’ you’ll lose some functionality like automatic heart rate tracking and the ability for the watch to lock itself when not worn.

Will disabling ‘Wrist Detection’ affect Apple Pay?

Yes, Apple Pay requires ‘Wrist Detection’ to be enabled to help prevent unauthorized transactions.

Can I still receive notifications if ‘Wrist Detection’ is off?

Yes, you will still receive notifications on your Apple Watch with ‘Wrist Detection’ turned off.

Will my Watch still track my steps without ‘Wrist Detection’?

Your Apple Watch should still count your steps, but the accuracy might be slightly impacted.

Can I quickly toggle ‘Wrist Detection’ on and off?

Yes, you can quickly toggle ‘Wrist Detection’ in the Passcode settings of your Apple Watch.


  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch
  2. Scroll down and tap ‘Passcode’
  3. Disable ‘Wrist Detection’


Congratulations! You now know how to stop your Apple Watch from locking when you take it off. It’s a simple process that can enhance your user experience, especially if you frequently remove your watch throughout the day. However, it’s crucial to balance convenience with security. Remember, your Apple Watch contains sensitive information that you wouldn’t want falling into the wrong hands. So, use this newfound power wisely. Consider your activities and location before deciding to keep your Apple Watch unlocked, and don’t forget to re-enable ‘Wrist Detection’ when needed. With this knowledge, you’re well on your way to making your Apple Watch work perfectly for your lifestyle. Keep exploring, keep learning, and stay connected!

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