Is your Apple Watch slowing down? Here are 6 tips to fix it

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All devices slow down over time. Follow these tips to speed up your Apple Watch again. While the Apple Watch is a great tool and companion for your everyday life, it's not always the fastest Apple device out there. This is double if you've had your Apple Watch for a long time.


Constant use of your Apple Watch, combined with new and more demanding apps or features, can make it run slow over time. If this is happening to you, here are some solutions you can try to get your Apple Watch running smoothly like a brand new one.



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1. Update your Apple Watch

Keeping your Apple Watch up to date is important if you want to fix any bugs or glitches that might make it slower than usual. Not only that, but software updates often fix security issues as well. So constantly updating your Apple Watch, as well as your iPhone and other devices, should be a top priority.

You can use your iPhone or the Apple Watch itself to update the software.


How to check for Apple Watch updates on your iPhone:

  1. On your iPhone, go to the app Watch.
  2. Toccata General.
  3. Select Software update.

How to check for software updates on your Apple Watch:

  1. On the Apple Watch, press the digital Crown to display the main screen.
  2. Tap the icon Settings.
  3. Toccata General.
  4. Select Software update.

If an update is available, install it now. You may also want to enable Automatic Updates, so your Apple Watch will automatically update.



2. Reduce movements on your watch

The Apple Watch shows quick animations when you open an app or complication. While aesthetically pleasing, these animations can make your Apple Watch run slower than usual. Fortunately, you can turn them off with a feature called Reduce Motion.

How to reduce motion from your iPhone:

  1. Launch the app Watch on your iPhone.
  2. Go up Accessibilità.
  3. Toccata Reduce motion.
  4. Attiva Reduce motion.

How to reduce motion from your Apple Watch:

  1. On the Apple Watch, press the digital Crown to display the main screen.
  2. Tap the icon Settings.
  3. Toccata Accessibilità.
  4. Select Reduce motion.
  5. Attiva Reduce motion.

This change is so subtle that you may not see any difference at first. However, your Apple Watch should benefit in the long run.


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3. Free up storage space by removing apps

Since your Apple Watch could automatically install any available app on your iPhone, you can quickly fill up the storage without realizing it. Freeing up Apple Watch storage space can help reduce lag to make it faster. Here's what you need to do, whether you're using your iPhone or Apple Watch.

How to remove Apple Watch apps from your iPhone:

  1. Go to the app Clock.
  2. Scroll down and you will see a list of apps installed on your Apple Watch. Tap the app you want to delete.
  3. If an app is still installed on your iPhone, disable it Show apps on Apple Watch. If you've already deleted the app from your iPhone, tap Elimina app su Apple Watch.

How to remove apps from your Apple Watch:

  1. Press the digital Crown on your Apple Watch.
  2. If the app display is set to Grid view:
    1. Press and hold any app until they start shaking.
    2. Tap the X at the top of the app icon you want to remove.
    3. Toccata Delete app to confirm that you want to remove the app.
  3. If the app display is set to List view:
    1. Press and swipe the app you want to remove to the left.
    2. Tap the red icon Delete.
    3. Finally, tap Delete app to remove the app.

Pro tip: you can also prevent your Apple Watch from automatically installing apps you download on your iPhone. Go up General and disable theautomatic app installation from your Apple Watch or the Watch app on your iPhone.



4. Disable background app refresh on your watch

Background app refresh is a feature that allows suspended apps to run in the background so they can check for updates and fetch content for when you need them. While it's a useful feature, it can also affect your Apple Watch's performance and even battery life.


Fortunately, you can disable this feature by following the next steps.

How to disable background app refresh on iPhone:

  1. Launch the app Clock.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Toccata Refresh apps in the background.
  4. Select the apps you want to disable or disable background app refresh for all of them.

How to disable background app refresh on Apple Watch:

  1. Go up Settings on your Apple Watch.
  2. Select General.
  3. Toccata Refresh apps in the background.
  4. Select the apps you want to disable or completely disable background app refresh.

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5. Restart your Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch is still slow and showing signs of lagging, you may want to restart it. There are two ways to do this: a normal restart and a forced restart. However, it's worth mentioning that you should only force restart your Apple Watch as a last resort. Here's how to do both.


How to restart your Apple Watch:

  1. On your Apple Watch, press and hold the button lateral until you see the cursor Shutdown.
  2. Drag the slider Shutdown to the left.
  3. Once your Apple Watch turns off, press and hold the button again lateral to turn it back on.

How to force restart your Apple Watch:

  1. Press and hold the digital crown and the button lateral on your Apple Watch for 10 seconds.
  2. Release both buttons when you see the Apple logo on your watch.

6. Erase your Apple Watch

If all else fails, you can wipe your Apple Watch and use it as if it were brand new. Keep in mind, however, that this will delete everything on your Apple Watch, including settings, watch faces, and installed apps. It's not something you should do lightly. That said, here's what you need to do.


How to wipe your Apple Watch on iPhone:

  1. Launch the app Clock.
  2. Toccata General.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select Restore.
  4. Toccata Erase Apple Watch content and settings.
  5. Confirm that you want clear Apple Watch content and settings.
  6. Enter your passcode and confirm that you want to delete all content on your Apple Watch.

How to wipe your Apple Watch using the Apple Watch:

  1. Launch the app Settings on your Apple Watch.
  2. Toccata General.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap > Reset.
  4. Toccata Erase all content and settings.
  5. Enter your passcode and confirm that you want to erase your Apple Watch.

Either way, you'll need to pair the Apple Watch with your iPhone again and set it up from scratch.

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I have to go fast

Your Apple Watch should now be as good as new. All devices tend to run slow after a while, so try these tips whenever you feel your Apple Watch is starting to slow again.

If all else fails, you can cancel the clock. Not only will your Apple Watch look brand new again, but it will also help with lag, even if it's not something you want to use as your first option.

Further Reading:

  • How to zoom in and out on the Apple Watch display
  • How to pair Bluetooth headphones to your Apple Watch
  • How to update your Apple Watch
  • How to connect AirPods to Apple Watch
  • How to Watch YouTube Videos on Apple Watch

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