How to restart an Apple Watch


While your Apple Watch is usually not a device that you turn on or off, if things aren’t working as well as you would like, knowing how to restart an Apple Watch can be helpful.

Apple makes this quick and easy, so follow these instructions to restart your Apple Watch and you should be able to finish ringing or replying to text messages on your Apple Watch in seconds.

In most cases, you’ll just want to turn your Apple Watch off and then back on, but if that doesn’t work, we’ll cover the more drastic restart option as well.

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How to turn an Apple Watch on and off

  • Press and hold the Apple Watch side button
  • Slide the stop button on the right side of the screen
  • Press and hold the Apple Watch side button until the Apple logo appears

That’s it, you’ve restarted your Apple Watch. It usually takes 20-30 seconds for it to finish booting up, but then everything should go as planned again.

If that doesn’t work, you will need to take the following steps to force a reset.

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How to reset an Apple Watch

  • Press and hold the digital crown and side button on Apple Watch until you see the Apple logo (approximately 10 seconds)

That’s all you need to do, your Apple Watch will reset, and you should be up and running again in about a minute.

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Sean Riley has been covering technology professionally for over a decade now. Most of that time was as a freelance writer covering a variety of topics including phones, wearable devices, tablets, smart home devices, laptops, augmented reality, virtual reality, mobile payments, technology financial, etc. Sean is Laptop Mag’s resident mobile expert, specializing in phones and portable devices. Here you will find plenty of news, reviews, how-tos and opinion pieces on these topics. But Laptop Mag has also proven to be ideally suited to this wide range of interests with reviews and news on the latest laptops, VR games and computer accessories, as well as coverage on everything from NFTs to cybersecurity. and more.

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