How To Fix Overheating Problem With Apple Watch

Apple Watch is more like your Personal Computer, the only difference is its size as it is much smaller as compared to a computer. But unlike computers, Apple watch doesn’t have a built-in fan to help it cool down. So when it has been running or been using the entire day, it may also start to heat up and causes problems with overheating

Whenever a device gets hot, in this case, the Apple watch, its performance is what should be taken into consideration. The more you use Apple Watch in a single day, easily it gets hot. Usage does not necessarily mean, using it as a simple timepiece but using the apps and features more that can cause it to heat up. But if for some other reason other than using it more often and still Apple watch is still overheating, probably there is another factor to look into why it is happening. Also, if you also noticed that Apple watch is overheating while charging, there are also quite a few users that are complaining as well. Although it is normal to the wearable, its power adapter and even the charging cable to become a little warm but not to the point of overheating.

Since the Apple watch does not have a built-in fan, it is best recommended to use it in certain temperatures between 32 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 35 degrees celsius) and best to store it at temperatures that range from -4 degrees to 113 degrees fahrenheit (-20 and 45 degrees celsius). With that in mind, it can help Apple watch to last for a longer period of time.

If for any reason the Apple watch is overheating, lucky for you there are possible ways on how to fix it. Read on below to find out how.



When Apple watch overheats, it probably because there are a lot of running apps in the background, it is then recommended to restart the device to close and refreshes it.

How to Restart Apple watch: 

  1. Press the Side button located at the right side of the Apple watch just below the Digital crown
  2. Wait for “Power Off” Command to Appear. 
  3. Slide command from left to right to Power Off Apple watch. 
  4. Apple logo appears, Apple watch is now turned OFF.
  5. After a minute or two, press again Side button to Power ON Apple watch.
  6. Wait for Apple watch to completely restart.


As mentioned, when there are too many apps that are running in the background will cause Apple watch to heat up and eventually overheats. Make sure to force close apps once in a while to prevent degrading its performance caused by too much heat and to fix Apple watch problem with overheat

How to force close apps:

  1. Press Side Button once. Side button is located at the right side of the Apple watch just below the Digital Crown.
  2. App switcher will appear. App Switcher is where all running apps are located which are represented as an App card.
  3. To force close an app, Swipe to the left the running App card. An “X” option will appear. 
  4. Tap on the “X” command to force close the app.


If Apple watch is charging, you may want to unplug it from its magnetic charging cable and let is sit in a cool dry place for about 10-15 minutes. When Apple watch is no longer in heat, restart it again.

Also, make sure to check its charging cable and the from bottom of the Apple watch for any plastic wrap still attached to it. Make sure to remove it as plastic wrap can disrupt the connection between the Apple watch and its charging cable and can sometimes lead to the device to heat up when charging. 


Like with other devices, we are used to using it while it is connected to its charger. It is recommended to allow Apple device to completely recharged and to avoid using it while it is still in the process of charging. Since it is normal for it to become warm while charging, it could even overheat if you will be using it while charging.


Most of the time, overheating is related to battery issues. When the battery of a device is already worn out (for long term use), it can not only degrade the battery life and usage of a device but can also cause it to overheat. A low battery life need a longer charging time, thus overheating is highly possible if that’s the case.

It is therefore recommended to have the battery of the Apple watch replaced by an authorized Apple Store. Make sure to use the recommended and genuine battery replacement.


If any of the solutions mentioned above did not help fix overheating issue on Apple watch, you may need to reset Apple watch and restore to its factory setting. Doing so deletes everything including the apps, data and content. Apple Watch will be as new when you first bought it. This solution is considered to be the last resort when trying to fix overheating problems with Apple Watch.

How to reset:

  1. Go to the Watch App from the home screen of your iPhone. Use the iPhone that is sync with the Apple watch
  2. Tap on General
  3. Then tap on Reset, located at the far bottom from the list of options.
  4. Next, tap on Erase All Content and Settings
  5. Enter Passcode when required to confirm action.
  6. Apple watch will not reset into its factory default settings
  7. After reset, set up again settings and apps on Apple watch

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