The process to turn off or force restart an Apple Watch is the same, regardless of which model is being used. The Apple Watch comes with two physical buttons – a side button and a digital crown. For those who are new to the Apple Watch, figuring out the different actions each of the buttons can perform may seem complicated at first. However, over time, using the Apple Watch becomes quite intuitive.
An Apple Watch very rarely needs to be powered off. In cases where a user only needs to disable notifications, enabling Airplane mode or Do Not Disturb will do the trick. To access either of these modes, swiping up from the bottom of the main screen will bring up the Control Center, where users can tap on the appropriate icon. However, there may be times where an Apple Watch becomes slow or sluggish, in which case, a reboot can often provide an easy fix. If an Apple Watch is completely frozen, however, a force restart might be required.
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To power off an Apple Watch, press and hold the side button until the Power off slider appears on the display. This screen also has sliders for Medical ID and Emergency SOS. Drag the Power off slider all the way to the right to turn off the Apple Watch. Since there’s no option to restart an Apple Watch, users will need to manually turn it back on by pressing and holding the side button until the Apple logo appears. If the Apple Watch is charging, it can’t be restarted and will have to be taken off the charger first.
How To Force Restart An Apple Watch
While it’s safe to reboot an Apple Watch, a force restart should only be performed if absolutely necessary. This method should be used as a last resort when even powering off the Apple Watch doesn’t work. A force restart prevents the software from shutting down properly and can cause problems if used too often. To force restart an Apple Watch, press and hold the digital crown and side button simultaneously for about 10 seconds, and release both buttons once the Apple logo appears. Apple notes that a force restart shouldn’t be performed if the Apple Watch is updating watchOS. Instead, users should leave the Apple Watch on its charger until the update completes.
If the Apple Watch is completely unresponsive with the screen blank, it could be because of a dead battery or the watch being in power reserve mode, in which case users should leave it on the charger for at least 30 minutes before attempting to force restart it. If a force restart doesn’t fix the issue, resetting the Apple Watch from the paired iPhone might be a better solution.