Apple Watch Power On Power Down Hard Reset

The Apple Watch contains a physical flat button called the side button. This button is not much unlike the Sleep button featured on the iPhone, which also happens to be the button used to turn the iPhone on or off.

The side button can be used for a few things on the Apple Watch, including accessing your friends list, and using Apple Pay. But the side button also allows you to power your Apple Watch on, and power it down. We’ll explain how in this tutorial. We’ll also explain how to do a hard reset (force reboot) in case your watch locks up or experiences issues.

How to turn on the Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch is off, press and hold the side button to power the device on. It may show a black screen initially, but eventually, the Apple logo will display to indicate that the watch is booting up. Keep in mind that your Apple Watch must be charged at least a little bit before will power on.

How to turn off the Apple Watch

Press and hold the side button until you see the power down menu appear. Once it does, drag the Power Off slider to the right to turn the watch off.

For more tips like these, I suggest that you check out our Apple Watch manual, which is growing each and every day. What do you think?

  • Chris Gilmore

    Can you DFU mode?

    • Not sure you can do that, since there’s no way to connect an Apple Watch to iTunes. The normal method of DFU definitely doesn’t work, though.

      • Chris Gilmore

        Ah, ok. I didn’t know you couldn’t hook it to iTunes. I thought there was updates like any other device. (Obviously, I don’t have a Watch, and don’t really plan on getting one anytime soon so I haven’t followed as much.) lol

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      DFU mode was taken away on the Apple watch for security reasons (jailbreaking methods) so now it’s just a diagnostics port to connect with. Everything else is signed via OTA, and if a modified OTA update is installed on the watch, maybe a passibility of DFU mode using ssh through a command line with ssh protocols, but.. thats all within the future jailbreaks.

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Jeff can you make a video about hidden features. You got a brand new devices with brand new OS and there has to be cool gems somewhere!!!

  • Jake Platt

    I was encouraged and pleased at the speed the device booted up from when it was fully shut down, around 15 seconds is what I counted. The reboot time was quite long, however they were both much shorter than the 70 odd seconds that demo watch in an Apple Store took to boot up in a recently released video.

  • I’d imagine the next firmware update will fix the slow boot.

  • makedonii

    “how to be stupid” guide =)

  • John

    My apple watch is 2 days old and the face won’t display anything. I hear Siri, but see nothing. I’ve done a hard reset, and while the apple comes up, once it disappears, still nothing. Any suggestions?

  • Carrie Buchner O’Neal

    My watch doesn’t have a red slider to power off. The screen shows up but the actual slider is missing and I can’t power off my watch. Any ideas? It’s brand new, series 2 running OS3.1