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How to reset Apple Watch

There are 3 types of reset you can use on your Apple Watch if it malfunctions and you may use one depending on how serious a problem is. Like iPhones, Apple Watch runs with a firmware. It’s not called iOS but watchOS and it’s not open to public so you cannot find any other smartwatches that run the same firmware.

Just like smartphones, it depends on its hardware and firmware to run smoothly. So, here and there you may encounter problems since no device, no matter how “smart” it is, is perfect. The most common problems you may encounter are often firmware-related and when they do happen, that’s when a reset may be necessary.

Continue reading as I will guide you on how to reset your Apple Watch. First I will walk you through in doing the forced restart (soft reset), then the resets using the Settings menu and the hardware keys.

How to force restart (soft reset) Apple Watch

Most often you will be using this method if your Apple Watch is frozen or became unresponsive for no reason. In smartphones, this is what we call a simulated battery removal. It’s very effective as more often the cause of such problem is a firmware crash. It’s a minor problem but will leave your device unusable if you don’t know what to do. With that being said, here’s how to force restart or soft reset your Apple Watch:

  • To force restart your Apple Watch, press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, then release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.

That’s pretty much it! If successful, then you will have your Watch working perfectly after this.

How to reset Apple Watch via Settings menu

This will restore your Watch back to its out-of-the-box settings and configuration as well as delete all your personal files data that were saved in the internal storage. Don’t do this if you haven’t backed up your data yet. Or, it’s better to unpair it from your iPhone so that your data will be backed up before you reset the Watch. Here’s how this procedure works…

  1. The recommended way to perform a master reset is to unpair the device from your iPhone.
  2. If your iPhone is not available, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings.
  3. If your Watch has a rate plan connected to an eSIM, choose to keep or remove the plan and eSIM information.
    • Tap Erase All & Keep Plan if you want to keep using your Watch with the same line.
    • Tap Erase All if you want to remove the plan and use your Watch with a different line, account, or carrier.
  4. Tap Erase All.

How to Master Reset your Apple Watch

This has the same effect as the previous reset procedure but it will come in handy if you’ve forgotten your password and can no longer access the Settings. You may lose some of your data if you haven’t created a backup yet but you actually don’t have a choice if you cannot access your Watch. So, here’s how you do it from your iPhone…

  1. Place your Watch near your iPhone and keep it there until you complete these steps.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app and tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap General > Reset.
  4. Tap Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings > Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings. If prompted, enter your Apple ID password.
  5. If your Watch has a rate plan connected to an eSIM, choose to keep or remove the plan and eSIM information.
    • Tap Keep Cellular Plan if you want to keep using your Watch with the same line.
    • Tap Remove Cellular Plan if you want to remove the plan and use your Watch with a different line, account, or carrier.
  6. Wait for the process to complete. After it’s done, you can pair your Watch with your iPhone and restore from a backup.

And here’s how it’s done on your Watch…

  1. Place your Watch on the charger and keep it there until you complete these steps.
  2. Press and hold the side button until you see Power Off.
  3. Firmly press the Power Off slider, then lift your finger.
  4. Tap Erase all content and settings.
  5. Wait for the process to complete. After it’s done, you can pair your Watch with your iPhone.

I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix the problem with your device. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!

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