Apple Watch stuck on Apple Logo? 5 Ways fix it!

Apple Watch Stuck on Apple Logo

Your Apple Watch may get stuck on the Apple logo for different reasons. Thankfully, if it’s a software issue, we can solve your problems. Once your Watch moves past the Apple logo, you can continue to use it normally. So, let’s look at what to do if your Apple Watch is stuck on Apple Logo.

  1. Force restart the Watch
  2. Use Find My Apple Watch to unfreeze it
  3. Unpair your Apple Watch and pair It again
  4. Update to the latest watchOS
  5. Factory Reset your Apple Watch

1. Force restart the Watch

Force Restart is a step above resetting your Watch by turning it off and on again.

Since your Watch is stuck on the Apple logo, hard reboot it by pressing the Side button and the Digital Crown together. Once you see the Apple logo reappear on the screen, you can stop pressing the buttons.

Give the Watch a minute to boot up and power on normally.

Force Restart Apple Watch

2. Use Find My Apple Watch to unfreeze it

At times, this little trick of using the Find My feature can unfreeze a stuck watch screen. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Watch app on a paired iPhone and tap My Watch.
  2. Tap All Watches from the top-left.
  3. Tap “i” next to your watch name.
  4. Next, tap Find My Apple Watch. The Find My app will open automatically. Login if you’re prompted to.tap on all watches in my watch tab tap on i and then tap on find my apple watch in watch app on iphone
  5. Select your Apple Watch from the list of devices, if needed. Tap on Play Sound. This will boot the Watch off of the ‘stuck at Apple logo’ screen. If it doesn’t, try to play the sound a few more times.
    tap on play sound in find my apple watch to unfreeze it on iphone

To make sure your Apple Watch doesn’t get stuck on the Apple logo again, try the following solutions.

3. Unpair Apple Watch and pair it again

Once the Watch is no longer stuck on the Apple logo, it’s a good idea to unpair it and pair it again. This might help prevent similar issues in the future.

We have a detailed guide on how to unpair and pair Apple Watch.

4. Update latest watchOS

With each software update, Apple tries to fix pre-existing issues and also introduce new features. If you are facing repeated issues with your Apple Watch, make sure you’re running the latest watchOS.

You can update directly from the Watch or follow these steps:

  1. Open Watch app on the iPhone and tap My Watch.
  2. Tap GeneralSoftware watch app tap on general in my watch tab and then tap on software update on iphone

5. Factory reset your Apple Watch

This can be tedious, but it fixes several problems. Once you factory reset your Apple Watch, its data be cleared and set to default settings.

All apps, music, photos, and settings will be erased and set to default. Here’s how factory reset your Apple Watch:

  1. Press the Digital Crown and tap SettingsGeneral.tap on settings and then tap on general on apple watch
  2. Now, tap ResetErase All Content and Settings.tap on reset and tap erase all content and settings to factory reset apple watch
  3. Enter your Watch passcode if prompted and confirm your action.

Once the erase is completed, set up your Watch as new.

Note: Don’t restore from a backup to avoid the old problems from porting over. After you set up the Watch, you can download the apps you most use and also sync music or photos from the iPhone.

Is there a hardware issue or water damage?

Are you prone to dropping your Apple Watch, or is it water damaged? If so, chances are there are some internal issues. For this, you should contact Apple Support.

Similarly, if you believe your Watch might have been submerged in water for long, take it to an Apple Service center.

We hope these solutions helped fix your Apple Watch getting stuck on the startup Apple logo. Have any questions? Ask us in the comments below.

If your Watch is working well, here are some related posts you can check to get the most out of it.


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Marcus is a freelance tech writer/editor with a focus on succinctly explaining consumer devices and their software. His previous work has been published on MakeUseOf where he covered everything from iOS to Git and UI design.

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