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Where is the "i" icon on your Apple Watch? What you can do if you don't see it when you are pairing or unpairing your watch with your iPhone.

When you are trying to pair or unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone, you may be required to tap the info (i) icon.

i icon

As you can see in the image above, this icon shows a lower case i in a circle. There are two info icons involved when pairing an Apple Watch. In this article, I explain what they are for and how you can find them. The (i) icon is an info button; when you tap it, more options or help will be revealed.

There are two (i) icons; one appears on your watch, and the other one is on your iPhone. I explain below:

The first (i) icon you should tap is in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. You are required to use this icon when you want to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. Here is how that works:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab at the bottom and then tap All Watches.
  3. You will see your paired watches, and you will also see the info (i) icon located next to each paired watch. When you tap this, you will see two options: Find My Apple Watch and Unpair Apple Watch.
i icon iPhone

The second (i) icon appears on your watch when you pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone manually. You may see this a few times during the pairing process, as I explain below:

  1. Put your Apple Watch and iPhone close together.
  2. This icon appears on your Apple Watch when you first start the pairing process. It is located in the bottom-right corner of your watch, as you can see in the screenshot below.
Apple Watch i icon
  1. Tap the (i) icon and select your language (e.g., English), then region (e.g., United States).
  2. Your watch will say Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap Start Pairing. Note that you will see another (i) icon appear at the top of your screen. That info icon is there to help you find the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. When you tap it, a screen will appear and explain how you can find the Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap the Start Pairing button.
  4. You will see a cloud-like animation on your watch. If you open the Watch app on your iPhone, it will say, start pairing. You have two options:
    • The first option is to Position Apple Watch in the frame. This will automatically pair the two devices.
    • Or you can tap Pair Manually. When you tap Pair Manually, the iPhone will say, Tap the “i” icon on your Apple Watch to view its name, then tap the corresponding name in the list below. Now tap the (i) icon on your watch. Again this is located at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Tap it to get your watch’s name. Then tap the correct name on your iPhone. After that, a six digit code will appear on your watch that you need to enter on your iPhone. Once you enter it, the pairing process will start.
Tap i to pair screen

If you can’t find the ‘i’ icon on your watch

If you can’t see this (i) icon on your Apple Watch, check the following:

  • Ensure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are close to each other.
  • On your iPhone, ensure that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled.
  • Ensure that Airplane Mode is off on your iPhone.
  • Restart your Apple Watch.
  • Restart your iPhone.
  • Restart your Wi-Fi router and try again. To restart your router unplug it from its power source and then plug it back in.
  • If you get a message saying Pairing Failed, just try again.

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Usually it means “Information”. Is it a small letter “i” like this: ℹ (maybe not in color, but the same)?

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Can you provide a screenshot?

A red background with a 1?

Or you saw it in Settings?

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What is the icon letter I in a circle?

It’s there for information and to help you with pairing and unpairing the watch

Updated on December 10, 2022

What to Know

  • The circled i on an Apple Watch stands for Information and is used to pair or re-pair Apple Watches & iPhones.
  • To unpair with the i: In the Watch app, tap theicon next to the watch you want to unpair. Tap Unpair Apple Watch.
  • Re-pair: Tap i > Start Pairing on watch; tap i by QR code. In app, tap Pair Apple Watch Manually; follow prompts.

This article explains what the i is on an Apple Watch and how to use it for pairing. Instructions apply to all Apple Watch models and watchOS versions.

What Is the ‘i’ icon on the Apple Watch?

The circled i icon on an Apple Watch stands for Information. When you tap it, you’ll get code information to manually pair your watch to your iPhone. 

When and Where Will I See the ‘i’ Icon on Apple Watch?

You’ll see the i icon in the lower-right corner of the Apple Watch during the pairing process.

Typically, you’ll tap Start Pairing on the watch to guide you through an automatic pairing. However, if the automatic process is not working, tap the i icon to manually pair your iPhone and watch.

The floating, swirling series of dots in a circle acts as a QR code that passes information to the phone when scanned for automatic pairing.

How to Unpair Your Watch Manually Using the ‘i’ Icon

Here’s how to erase and reset your Apple Watch and unpair it from your iPhone.

You can erase and reset your Apple Watch from the watch itself, but it will still be locked to your iPhone. To sell it or give it away, you’ll also need to unpair the watch from your iPhone.

  1. On the Apple Watch, press the digital crown and open the Settings app.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Tap Reset.

  4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

  5. Tap Erase All to confirm.

  6. On iPhone, open the Watch app and tap the My Watch tab.

  7. Tap All Watches.

  8. Tap theicon next to the watch you want to unpair.

  9. Tap Unpair Apple Watch.

  10. Tap Unpair [name] Apple Watch to confirm. Enter your passcode when prompted to start the unpairing process.

The lowercase i inside a circle is not unique to Apple Watch. It’s a common symbol indicating a place to get more information across different software applications.

How to Manually Re-Pair Your Watch Using the ‘i’ Icon

Re-pairing your Apple Watch is easy and only takes a few moments.

  1. On the Apple Watch tap the i icon. Choose your language and region as prompted.

  2. Tap Start Pairing on the Watch.

  3. You’ll see a swirly QR code on the watch. Tap the i icon.

  4. The watch will display a device number for manual pairing via the Watch app.

  5. Tap Start Pairing on the Watch app.

  6. Tap Set Up for Myself.

  7. Tap Pair Apple Watch Manually.

  8. Select the Apple Watch device number that matches the device number from your watch.

  9. Enter the code displayed on your Apple Watch.

  10. You’ve manually paired your watch and iPhone. You can choose to restore from a backup or set it up as a new device.

FAQ

  • What is theater mode on an Apple Watch?

    Theater Mode prevents your Watch screen from brightening every time you raise or roll your wrist. To use Theater Mode on Apple Watch, tap the screen and swipe up from the bottom to open Control Center. Swipe up until you see Theater Mode (two masks), and then tap it.

  • What is the digital crown on an Apple Watch?

    The Apple Watch digital crown is the side button on the Watch. This rotating button controls various functions, such as scrolling, zooming, viewing the Watch face, using Siri, and more. If you have an app open, the digital crown will also scroll up or down within the app.

  • What is the red dot on my Apple Watch?

    The red dot on your Apple Watch means you’ve received a notification that hasn’t been read. Swipe down to read it. If you don’t want this visual reminder, hide the red dot on Apple Watch by turning off the notification indicator.

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How would I go about drawing a custom UIView that is literally just a ball (a 2D circle)? Would I just override the drawRect method? And can someone show me the code for drawing a blue circle?

Also, would it be okay to change the frame of that view within the class itself? Or do I need to change the frame from a different class?

(just trying to set up a ball bouncing around)

asked Jul 5, 2011 at 21:47

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You could use QuartzCore and do something this —

self.circleView = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(10,20,100,100)];
self.circleView.alpha = 0.5;
self.circleView.layer.cornerRadius = 50;  // half the width/height
self.circleView.backgroundColor = [UIColor blueColor];

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answered Jul 5, 2011 at 21:56

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Would I just override the drawRect
method?

Yes:

- (void)drawRect:(CGRect)rect
{
    CGContextRef ctx = UIGraphicsGetCurrentContext();
    CGContextAddEllipseInRect(ctx, rect);
    CGContextSetFillColor(ctx, CGColorGetComponents([[UIColor blueColor] CGColor]));
    CGContextFillPath(ctx);
}

Also, would it be okay to change the frame of that view within the class itself?

Ideally not, but you could.

Or do I need to change the frame from a different class?

I’d let the parent control that.

answered Jul 5, 2011 at 21:51

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Here is another way by using UIBezierPath (maybe it’s too late ^^)
Create a circle and mask UIView with it, as follows:

UIView *view = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 200, 200)];
view.backgroundColor = [UIColor blueColor];

CAShapeLayer *shape = [CAShapeLayer layer];
UIBezierPath *path = [UIBezierPath bezierPathWithArcCenter:view.center radius:(view.bounds.size.width / 2) startAngle:0 endAngle:(2 * M_PI) clockwise:YES];
shape.path = path.CGPath;
view.layer.mask = shape;

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answered Jul 13, 2014 at 15:38

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My contribution with a Swift extension:

extension UIView {
    func asCircle() {
        self.layer.cornerRadius = self.frame.width / 2;
        self.layer.masksToBounds = true
    }
}

Just call myView.asCircle()

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answered Jun 28, 2016 at 15:32

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Swift 3 – custom class, easy to reuse. It uses backgroundColor set in UI builder

import UIKit

@IBDesignable
class CircleBackgroundView: UIView {

    override func layoutSubviews() {
        super.layoutSubviews()
        layer.cornerRadius = bounds.size.width / 2
        layer.masksToBounds = true
    }

}

answered May 4, 2017 at 13:13

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Swift 3 class:

import UIKit

class CircleView: UIView {

    override func draw(_ rect: CGRect) {
        guard let context = UIGraphicsGetCurrentContext() else {return}
        
        context.addEllipse(in: rect)
        context.setFillColor(UIColor.blue.cgColor)
        context.fillPath()
    }           
}

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Another way of approaching circle (and other shapes) drawing is by using masks.
You draw circles or other shapes by, first, making masks of the shapes you need, second, provide squares of your color and, third, apply masks to those squares of color. You can change either mask or color to get a new custom circle or other shape.

#import <QuartzCore/QuartzCore.h>

@interface ViewController ()
@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet UIView *area1;
@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet UIView *area2;
@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet UIView *area3;
@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet UIView *area4;

@end

@implementation ViewController

- (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];

    self.area1.backgroundColor = [UIColor blueColor];
    [self useMaskFor: self.area1];

    self.area2.backgroundColor = [UIColor orangeColor];
    [self useMaskFor: self.area2];

    self.area3.backgroundColor = [UIColor colorWithRed: 1.0 green: 0.0 blue: 0.5 alpha:1.0];
    [self useMaskFor: self.area3];

    self.area4.backgroundColor = [UIColor colorWithRed: 1.0 green: 0.0 blue: 0.5 alpha:0.5];
    [self useMaskFor: self.area4];        
}

- (void)useMaskFor: (UIView *)colorArea {        
    CALayer *maskLayer = [CALayer layer];
    maskLayer.frame = colorArea.bounds;
    UIImage *maskImage = [UIImage imageNamed:@"cirMask.png"];
    maskLayer.contents = (__bridge id)maskImage.CGImage;
    colorArea.layer.mask = maskLayer;
}

@end

Here is the output of the code above:

four circles

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There’s another alternative for lazy people. You can set the layer.cornerRadius key path for your view in the Interface Builder. For example, if your view has a width = height of 48, set layer.cornerRadius = 24:

enter image description here

However, this only works if you have a static size of the view (width/height is fixed) and it’s not showing the circle in the interface builder.

answered May 17, 2019 at 8:52

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Swift 3 – Xcode 8.1

@IBOutlet weak var myView: UIView!

override func viewDidLoad() {
    super.viewDidLoad() 

    let size:CGFloat = 35.0
    myView.bounds = CGRect(x: 0, y: 0, width: size, height: size)
    myView.layer.cornerRadius = size / 2
    myView.layer.borderWidth = 1
    myView.layer.borderColor = UIColor.Gray.cgColor        
}

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answered Dec 5, 2016 at 6:44

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