How to Hard and Factory Reset Apple Watch
Your Apple Watch will work great most of the time, but there will be times when it can get a little stubborn. That’s when you need to restart and possibly reset it.
Restarting your Apple Watch can rid it of some bugs that may cause problems with its operations. Sometimes that’s all it takes, while other times you have to do what’s called a factory reset and start from scratch.
How to Hard and Factory Reset Apple Watch:
Restart your Apple Watch
Just in case your problem’s minor, let’s start here. This option isn’t going to erase any data. It’s the Apple Watch version of turning a device off and back on again.
Press and hold the side button of your Apple Watch until the Power Off slider appears. Once you see the slider, drag it to turn off your device. After it turns off, press and hold the side button again until the Apple logo appears.
Force Restart (Or Hard Reset) your Apple Watch
Apple calls it a force restart, but it’s also been called a hard reset. This is your next option, especially when your Apple Watch freezes.
To force restart your Apple Watch, you want to press and hold both the digital crown and side button for at least 10 seconds. Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears.
If it solved the problem, continue using your Apple Watch as before. If not, then your last resort may be a factory reset.
Factory Reset your Apple Watch
Many people solve problems with their Apple Watch by using one of the first few troubleshooting tips. For those of you still having problems, it’s time to try the factory reset.
Factory reset means resetting your Apple Watch or other device to how it was when you bought it. This method wipes data including apps and documents, so make sure you have anything you need backed up.
To factory reset your Apple Watch:
Step 1: Go to Settings>General>Reset
Step 2: Tap on Erase All Content and Settings
Step 3: Enter your Apple Watch passcode to continue
Step 4: Scroll down and confirm you want to wipe all data
Give the process time to complete before trying to use your Apple Watch. It will turn back on when done. When it does it will be like you have a new device, which means you will have to pair it with your iPhone again. It will have the same version of WatchOS that it came installed with, and will complete the initial setup once it is paired with an iPhone.
There may be other times you want to factory reset your Apple Watch or other Apple device including if you are selling it. You may also want to factory reset your Apple Watch if you plan to lend it to someone and you have contacts or any sensitive messages on it.
If a factory reset doesn’t solve the problems you are having with your Apple Watch, consider contacting Apple Support.