How to Turn off Your Apple Watch

Step-by-step instructions for powering off your Apple Watch

Apple Watches are in constant motion, with its users draining every ounce of battery life to track steps, use apps, get notifications and alerts, make calls, and more. Still, there are times you may want to power down your favorite wearable. Here's how to power off your Apple Watch.

These instructions will work for any generation of Apple Watch.

Apple Watch on a man's wrist about to be powered down
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Power off Your Apple Watch

There are only a few steps involved when you're powering down your Apple Watch.

  1. Hold down the side button until the Power Off slider appears.

    Press the side button and then power off your Apple Watch

    Depending on your Apple Watch version, you may also see an Emergency SOS or Medical ID option. Make sure not to tap these unless you're experiencing an emergency.

  2. Drag the slider to the right to Power Off your Apple Watch. To turn the watch on again, hold down the side button until the Apple logo appears.

    This process won't work if your phone is actively charging.

Force Restart an Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch isn't responding, you may need to force it to restart before you power it down. This is also a troubleshooting step to try if your device isn't charging when placed on the magnetic charger.

  1. Press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds.

  2. Release the buttons when you see the Apple logo, which means the device is restarting. You should now be able to power down the device.

    Apple warns that you should never force restart your device when it's in the middle of an update. If the Apple Watch is updating, you'll see the Apple logo and progress wheel. Wait for an update to finish before powering off or restarting your Apple Watch.

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