Smart & Connected Life Smart Watches & Wearables 45 45 people found this article helpful How to Restart Apple Watch Apple Watch not working properly? Restart it! by Tyler Hayes Writer Tyler Hayes is a former Lifewire writer covering Apple, Google, Spotify, and more. Tyler has written for Fast Company, Digital Trends, and Paste, and others. our editorial process Twitter Tyler Hayes Updated on September 28, 2020 Smart Watches & Wearables Working From Home Headphones & Ear Buds Smart Home Smart Watches & Wearables Travel Tech Connected Car Tech iPods & MP3 Players Tweet Share Email What to Know Press/hold the side button, swipe Power Off. Press/hold the side button again, release when the logo appears, and enter pin code.There's no restart button so don't bother looking for it. This article provides step-by-step instructions for restarting an Apple Watch. Restart Step 1: Power Down and Turn Off The Watch Press and hold the Apple Watch’s side button, found below the Digital Crown, until you see three choices. Swipe POWER OFF. The Apple Watch will turn off when the animation disappears. Restart Step 2: Turn The Apple Watch Back On Press and hold the Apple Watch’s side button. Release the side button when the Apple logo appears. Manually unlock the watch by entering in your pin code, provided you have one. Why You Should Restart Apple Watch Turning off or restarting an Apple Watch isn't needed on a regular basis. In fact, if everything is performing as intended, you might never need to reboot the Apple Watch. If something isn't working correctly, however, a quick restart can easily clear up some common issues. Restarting an Apple Watch can help with the following problems: Apps are slow to launch or don’t launch at all.An app appears to be installed, but isn’t appearing.A complication is missing from the watch face.The battery is depleting much faster than normal, or faster than expected. Restart Apple Watch vs Reset Apple Watch Restarting an Apple Watch is different than resetting it. Resetting an Apple Watch will erase all the watch's content and return it to factory settings. If you're getting rid of an Apple Watch and need to erase all the data, you'll want to reset it. You might also need to reset it if there are larger problems occurring. However, a simple restart can alleviate most of the random issues that occasionally crop up from.