Photo: Wachiwit (Shutterstock) For the first time in my life, I’ve finally decided to take advantage of Apple’s trade-in program. Yes, I know you can get a better deal if you use one of the many different services out there to sell your iPhone to a third party. The problem is that my iPhone X’s battery is complete trash, and any sites I’d think to sell it to won’t accept an iPhone in that condition. Apple doesn’t care, so off to the trade-in program it goes.

While Apple’s setup is pretty simple, there’s a bit more you have to do beyond just dumping your phone in the box Apple sends you and calling it a day. However, you shouldn’t need to spend more than ten minutes (or so) getting your trade-in phone prepped for its big goodbye—with one caveat. Unpair your Apple Watch from your phone

Screenshot: David Murphy If you have an Apple Watch and you’re trading in your iPhone, I’m going to assume that you have another iPhone that you’ll then use for pairing. An Apple Watch needs an iPhone, after all.

While you can probably do the next step without issue—copying your old iPhone to your new iPhone via the latter’s setup menu—I did encounter a quirk where my new iPhone didn’t recognize the Apple Watch I had paired to my old iPhone. About an hour or so after the process completed, though, my Apple Watch restarted itself and, magically, was paired to my new iPhone.

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