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The "i" icon on an Apple Watch is used to display information about your watch and to pair it to an iPhone manually. You can also use the "i" icon in the Watch app on your iPhone to unpair your watch.

The “i” icon on your Apple Watch is a useful tool for viewing additional information and pairing your watch with your iPhone. Let’s take a closer look at the “i” icon, including what it does and how to use it.

What Is the “i” Icon on an Apple Watch?

Throughout the Apple ecosystem, the “i” icon, which appears as an “i” with a circle around it, simply stands for “information.” It’s used on your iPhone and Apple Watch to display additional information and preferences. The circled “i” is also used for manually pairing and re-pairing your Apple Watch to your iPhone.

Where Is the “i” Icon on an Apple Watch?

You’ll find the circled “i” in various places on your Apple Watch, typically on the right side of the face or the bottom-right corner.

For example, you’ll find it under Settings > Bluetooth or when you tap on a card in your wallet app and scroll down to reveal the “Card Information” button.

However, the most common place you’re likely to encounter this button is when you pair your watch.

Tap the “i” Icon to Pair Your Watch Manually

When you turn the Apple Watch on, a moving pattern will be displayed on the screen. Scan this moving pattern with your iPhone’s camera (the pairing process should start automatically) to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone.

Apple Watch "i" button while pairing
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In the bottom-right corner of the screen, next to the moving pattern, you’ll find the “i” icon. This is useful if you’re unable to pair your Apple Watch using the standard method. On your iPhone, tap on the “Pair Manually” button, then tap the “i” button on your watch.

You’ll see a set of numbers on your Watch, which you can type into your iPhone to complete the pairing process manually.

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Use the “i” Icon to Unpair Your Watch

You can also use the “i” icon within the Watch app on your iPhone to see additional information, find your watch, or unpair the two devices.

To access the icon, go to the “My Watch” tab and tap “All Watches” in the top-left corner of the screen. A list of paired wearables will appear with the familiar “i” icon next to each entry.

"My Watches" menu in the Watch app for iPhone

Tap on the “i” icon to see some helpful information, including which version of watchOS you’re running, your exact Apple Watch model, the serial number for your watch, plus unique Wi-Fi and Bluetooth identifiers.

You’ll also find the Secure Element identifier, which is linked to the near-field communication (NFC) chip, underneath the “SEID” menu.

Apple Watch information under the "i" menu

Underneath these version numbers and identifiers is an option to “Find My Apple Watch,” which opens the Find My app, or “Unpair Apple Watch,” which will sever the connection between your iPhone and the watch.

Unpair or find your apple Watch

More Apple Watch Tips and Tricks

If you’re new to the Apple Watch, make sure you’re familiar with our top tips for watchOS newbies and these Apple Watch tricks everyone should know. If you’re fond of working out with your Apple Watch, we also have some pointers for making the most of your wearable’s fitness-tracking features.

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Tim Brookes is a technology writer with more than a decade of experience. He's invested in the Apple ecosystem, with experience covering Macs, iPhones, and iPads for publications like Zapier and MakeUseOf.
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