You can now restore Apple Watch at home – with an unofficial tool

Many of us have iPhones, so I imagine many of us know exactly what to do if our precious Ma smartphone comes with software defects, such as a boot loop: Just connect the pet to iTunes and restore your operating system. In 99% of cases, everything comes back more perfect normality.

On the other hand, the Apple watch a totally different creature. Its user base is much smaller, as is the documentation about its operation and possible problem solving available on the internet. And while it is (even) rarer than iOS, watchOS is not immune to problems either, but it can also have startup failures, critical bugs, or other software defects that impede its use.

The problem: Unlike the iPhone, Apple Watch has no physical interface to connect it to a computer and perform a system restore. If the watch has a defect in this regard, the only solution will be to deliver it to an Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider and wait until they have a solution that, if your accessory has already come out of warranty, may be accompanied by an unfriendly invoice.

Well, let me correct: this it was The only solution. At least what the creators of a small Apple Watch accessory called ibuswhose simple and straightforward purpose is to offer watch owners a way to connect it to a computer for home system repairs and restoration without major complications.

The iBus connects (almost unexplored and used only internally at Apple) Apple Watch function port, hidden inside the space where it connects to the lower portion of the watch straps and covered by a small metal cover that should be removed with a very thin pin. After attaching an adapter already included in the package (which supports the 38mm and 42mm models), simply plug in the accessory port and, at the other end of the iBus, stick a Lightning cable already connected to your computer.

From then on, iTunes recognizes the clock normally and the user can perform the necessary operations. To restore Apple Watch, for example, I need to put it in recovery mode (which here activated by holding the Digital Crown and the side button for 10 seconds and then releasing the side button and still pressing the Digital Crown until the clock enters the desired mode), and then select in iTunes the IPSW file of the desired version of watchOS to restore the device.

Apple, as is well known, does not release files from watchOS versions publicly as it does with iOS, but a quick search on the internet is enough to find these packages available for download from, for example, you might be a good friend. in this endeavor.

YouTube user Alireza has posted a video (above) demonstrating the entire process, which seems to be quite simple (but time consuming).

IBus can be purchased from its manufacturer's website at MFC, which asks for $ 100 for the version compatible with the original Apple Watch and Series 1 or $ 120 for the watch's intended Series 2 model. It may not be the kind of accessory required for every Watch owner, but it will certainly be a hand on the wheel for those who like to experiment on their wrist braces.

via 9to5Mac