Force Close Apple Watch Apps 2

Although it’s not as obvious and as straightforward as it is on the iPhone, it’s still possible to force close an app on the Apple Watch. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t need to force close apps, but every now and then, an app can get wacky to the point where a force close is necessary. In this post, we’ll show you how easy it is to force close any Apple Watch app at any time.

Here’s how to force quit an app on your Apple Watch

Step 1: Open the app that you wish to close

Step 2: Press and hold the side button until the power down menu appears and release the side button

Step 3: Press and hold the side button again until the app disappears and you’re taken back to the Apple Watch Home screen

As stated, you generally should not have to force close any app on the Apple Watch, because iOS, which Watch OS is based on, has pretty good app and memory management, and will allocate resources to apps that need them.

If you’d like to learn even more handy tips about the Apple Watch, be sure to check out our Apple Watch tutorials page for more guide and information.

  • Thank you very much! Really missed that feature. We are on version 1.0 after all and some apps need to be force closed once in a while because they get stuck.

  • Scott

    Apparently, the process changed in WatchOS3 and the second “button hold” is actually the Digital Crown. Holding the side button on WatchOS3 at the powerdown screen starts the SOS alert which consists of a very loud bleeping that scared the shit out of my dog who subsequently pounced on me.

    • Eduard