How to force restart an Apple Watch

Hard Reset Force restart Watch

When or if your Apple Watch becomes unresponsive, there is a quick and easy way to get it back on track by simply performing a hard reset. In this post, we’ll show you how to force Apple Watch to restart.

Apple Watch is many things, but at its core, it is basically a very small, yet very powerful computer. And just like every computer out there, sometimes things don’t go the way you intend or expect them to. Apple Watch is definitely no exception.

The main reason why you’d want to do this is if your Apple Watch becomes unresponsive or the screen is frozen. At that point, there isn’t much else you can do.

How to force restart your Apple Watch

These instructions are accurate for any Apple Watch model, whether you have the original Apple Watch or the latest one.

In order to hard reset your Apple Watch, simply press and hold the Digital Crown and the side button together for about 10 seconds. After about 5 seconds, your screen will go black, but keep holding the buttons. Do not release them until you see the Apple logo on the watch screen.

Once you see the Apple logo, your watch is successfully rebooting. Now chances are any problem that caused you to force restart the device in the first place will be fixed.

A word of caution on performing a force restart

You should avoid performing a force restart of your Apple Watch while the device is being updated. Apple Watch software updates can sometimes take a very long time to complete, but this is not necessarily a sign of an issue. Personally, I’ve experienced an Apple Watch update taking well over an hour in the past.

So before force restarting your Apple Watch, please be patient and wait it out a bit.

Wondering how to do that on your iOS device? See our tutorial on how to force restart your iPhone or iPad.