Apple Watch may get stuck on the startup Apple logo due to various reasons. Thankfully, if it is a software issue, we have real solutions that will solve this problem. Once the watch is out of the unfrozen stage, you can continue to use it normally. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what you can do if your Apple Watch is stuck on the Apple logo.
- Force Restart the Watch
- Use Find My Apple Watch to Unfreeze It
- Unpair your Apple Watch and Pair It Again
- Update to the Latest watchOS
- Factory Reset Your Apple Watch
1. Force Restart the Watch
Force Restart is a step ahead of regular turning off and turning on your watch.
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 again on the screen, leave the buttons. Give the watch up to a minute and a half to power on normally.
2. Use Find My Apple Watch to Unfreeze It
At times, this little trick of using the Find My feature can unfreeze the stuck Apple logo on the watch screen. Here is how to do that.
- Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and tap on My Watch.
- Tap on All Watches from the top-left.
- Tap on “i” next to your watch name.
- Tap on Find My Apple Watch. Find My app will automatically open. Login if needed.
- Select your Apple Watch from the list of devices, if needed. Tap on Play Sound. This will exit the watch from ‘stuck at Apple logo’ screen. If it does not, try to play the sound a few more times.
3. Unpair your Apple Watch and Pair It Again
Once the watch is out of the stuck mode, it is good to unpair it and then pair it again. This might help prevent similar issues in the near future. We have a separate post that shows you how to unpair and pair Apple Watch.
4. Update to the Latest watchOS
With each software update, Apple tries to fix the existing problems and also introduce new features. If you are facing repeated issues with your Apple Watch, make sure you run the latest watchOS. You can update directly from the watch or follow the steps below.
- Open the Watch app on the iPhone and tap on My Watch.
- Tap on the General → Software Update.
5. Factory Reset Your Apple Watch
This is a big step but fixes several problems. Once you factory reset your Apple Watch, it will be internally new. All apps, music, photos, settings will be erased and set to default. Here is how to do this.
- Press the Digital Crown and tap on the Settings app and tap on General.
- Now, tap on Reset → Erase All Content and Settings.
- Enter your watch passcode, if asked and confirm your action.
Once the erase completes, set up your watch as new. Do not 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?
Did you drop your Apple Watch, or is it water damaged? In case the wearable had a steep fall, chances are there are some internal issues. For this, you will have to contact Apple Support. Similarly, if you believe your watch might have been submerged in water for long, take it to an Apple Service center.
These are some of the real ways to solve the problem of Apple Watch getting stuck on the startup Apple logo. I hope one of the solutions helped. If your watch is working well, here are some related posts you can check to get the most out of it.
- How to Customize Apple Watch Face
- How to Share Apple Watch Faces
- How to Use Sleep Tracking on Apple Watch