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    How to fix an Apple Watch stuck on the Apple logo

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    Is your Apple Watch continually stuck on the Apple logo? Various reasons related to the software, such as bugs, glitches, and corrupted system settings, can cause this. But don't go crazy. In most cases, this is a problem that you can quickly fix.


    Work your way through the list of troubleshooting tips below and you should be able to push your Apple Watch past the Apple logo and into watchOS.



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    Forced restart of Apple Watch

    Force restarting (or hard reset) your Apple Watch can help fix minor glitches that prevent the device from working.

    To perform a forced restart, press and hold the simultaneously digital crown and the button lateral of the Apple Watch for up to 10 seconds. 


    The Apple logo should disappear and reappear in the meantime. Hope you will see the clock face soon.

    Forced reload and restart

    If the forced restart caused the Apple Watch to freeze on the Apple logo again, try charging the device for 5-10 minutes. Then, do another forced restart without disconnecting it from the charger.

    It worked? If not, go ahead with the rest of the fixes.


    Play audio using Find My

    A strange solution that can fix the Apple Watch stuck Apple logo problem involves using the iPhone's Find My app to "locate" the device.

    Start by loading the Find mine app on your iPhone. Then, switch to the tab devices , choose your Apple Watch and tap Play sound .



    If the Apple logo continues to appear on your Apple Watch screen, force restart the device and tap once more Play sound on the Find Me app.


    Disaccoppia Apple Watch da iPhone

    Unpairing a locked Apple Watch from your iPhone is another solution that can help. However, the procedure returns the watchOS device to factory settings and erases all personal data.

    The unpairing process creates a backup of the Apple Watch on your iPhone. But since the watchOS device is locked, this may or may not happen. In case you don't already have a previous backup, you risk losing your data permanently.

    If you want to move on, start by opening the app Watch iPhone. Then, select All watches , tap the icon Information next to the Apple Watch and select Disaccoppia Apple Watch .

    If this allowed the Apple Watch to boot into watchOS, repeat the pairing process to connect it to your iPhone.

    If you're having trouble unpairing your Apple Watch, try erasing all content and settings on your device instead. Scroll down to the final troubleshooting sections for instructions.

    Discharge the battery and restart

    If your Apple Watch keeps getting stuck on the Apple logo, try draining the battery. But this could take up to 10 hours or more depending on the remaining charge. 

    Once the battery has run out (as in, you no longer see the Apple logo), confirm by holding the button lateral . If nothing appears on the screen, connect the Apple Watch to its charger. It should start automatically once it has recharged sufficiently.



    Update Apple Watch

    If the above fixes helped, you need to consider updating your Apple Watch immediately. This should eliminate known bugs and minimize the chances of the problem recurring in the future. Before proceeding, connect your watchOS device to its charger.

    Update Apple Watch using iPhone

    Open the app Watch on your iPhone. So, go on General > Software update . If you see an update listed, tap Download and install .

    • Update directly using Apple Watch
    • Press the digital crown of your Apple Watch. Then, tap Settings i went his Generali > Software update
    • If you see an update listed, tap Download and install .

    Return to the stable channel

    Have you enrolled your Apple Watch in the Apple Beta Software Program? WatchOS betas are generally unstable and introduce a lot of problems. If your device continues to get stuck on the Apple logo, it's a good idea to switch back to the stable channel.

    Remove the beta profile using iPhone

    Open the app Watch on your iPhone. So, go on General > profiles > Profilo software watchOS Beta . Touch Remove profile .

    Remove the beta profile using Apple Watch

    Press the digital crown on your Apple Watch and go up Settings > Generali > profiles > Profilo software watchOS Beta . Scroll down and tap Remove profile .


    Cancella Apple Watch

    If you encounter any of the following scenarios, you need to clear the content and settings on your Apple Watch and set it up from scratch:

    • You can't unpair your Apple Watch using your iPhone.
    • None of the above fixes fixed the Apple logo stuck issue.
    • The above fixes helped, but the problem keeps coming back.

    You can use your iPhone's Watch app or Reset Settings in watchOS (if you can even launch it briefly) to erase an Apple Watch. If both options fail, you can force restart and restore the device to factory settings.


    Final report: if you don't have a backup of your Apple Watch, you will lose your data. Back up your data by unpairing your Apple Watch first (if you haven't already tried it).

    Erase Apple Watch using iPhone

    Open the app Watch on your iPhone. Then, tap Generali > Restore and touch Erase Apple Watch content and settings .

    Erase directly using Apple Watch

    Press the digital crown of your Apple Watch and go up Settings > Generali > Restore . Then, tap Erase all content and settings .

    Force restart and wipe Apple Watch

    Press and hold the simultaneously digital crown and the button lateral of the Apple Watch for up to 10 seconds. Then, immediately press and hold the button lateral only for 20 seconds. 

    On the screen Erase all content and settings that appears next, tap Restore .

    Apple Watch: Beyond the Apple Logo

    Performing a force restart of your Apple Watch probably helped to fix the stuck Apple logo problem immediately. If not, the rest of the tips should have fixed or prevented the problem from happening again. 

    But, if nothing worked, you may be dealing with a hardware defect. Contact Apple for repair or replacement.

    Further Reading:

    • How to use Apple Fitness + without Apple Watch
    • How to pair Bluetooth headphones to your Apple Watch
    • How to update your Apple Watch
    • How to Watch YouTube Videos on Apple Watch
    • Discover Apple's latest wearable, the Apple Watch Series 5
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