Apple Watch: How To Reset & Fix Yours

There are lots of reasons apple watch might need to be reset, but the end result is the same: You need to back up your data, and start fresh.
How to reset Apple Watch
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Apple Watch: A Watch. And So Much More. The Apple Watch is an incredible device. It can do so many things, and it allows you to stay connected to the world while you’re away from your phone. But sometimes, the watch needs to be reset. Perhaps you’ve turned it off and on again a few times, or you’ve left it on the charger for a while. There are lots of reasons a watch might need to be reset, but the end result is the same: You need to back up your data, clear out your notifications, and start fresh.

How to reset your Apple Watch
Fortunately, you don’t have to do this process yourself. Apple lets you back up your watch data so that you can restore your watch later, if needed. And while you’re at it, it’s worth checking to see if there are any settings that you might want to change. The process is a little different depending on the model of the Apple Watch you own. Some models have a dedicated watch reset button, while others only work on Apple Watch apps. Here are the steps to reset your Apple Watch: Start the Apple Watch, and press and hold the side button. While holding the button, use the digital crown to scroll up to the Apple logo. Now release the side button, and use the digital crown to scroll down to the Reset Apple Watch option. Tap Reset Apple Watch

How to reset an Apple watch

What to do after you reset your Apple Watch
There are two options for resetting your watch: Resetting the device, and using iTunes to get everything up to date. Let’s look at each option. Reset the Apple Watch If you’ve done all the steps in this article and your watch still isn’t working right, you can reset the watch itself to get things back on track. Here’s how: Turn off your watch and wait for it to turn off by itself. Open the Watch app on your iPhone. Tap on the My Watch tab. Touch and hold the silver button in the top left corner of the app. Press and hold the silver button on the watch for three seconds. Release the button to see Apple’s standard green warning message that you’re powering down your watch. Wait for the Apple Watch to shut off.

Why we may need to reset
I’ve reset mine enough times to know the routine. First, you’ll need to connect it to your iPhone via Bluetooth. Then you’ll be asked to scan your Apple Watch ID, or “Authenticate with Apple Watch.” If you haven’t done this yet, go into the Apple Watch settings and do it now. Once that’s done, a fresh, new firmware will be installed, and you’ll get a message like this: Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR While that’s happening, you’ll be asked to set a passcode, which is helpful if you ever lose your Apple Watch and want to get back in it. Once your Apple Watch is ready to go, you’ll have to authorize it to do so. Make sure to type in your watch passcode in the same manner you did the first time around.

With so many fantastic features, the Apple Watch is a fantastic device. It’s also a surprisingly complex piece of technology. The worst thing you can do is forget that you’ve set up your Apple Watch or you don’t know what to do when the watch reboots itself. It’s worth taking some time to learn how to reset your Apple Watch, to avoid having to wipe it clean to get it back on track.

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