As someone who often uses Apple products, I expect the Apple Watch to have the least problems.
That’s because the device isn’t capable of performing many functions without the iPhone. Furthermore, you’re limited to features when it comes to the watch.
But in reality, the device capabilities stays small, but its problems continue to increase within the past couple of months. Since the release of watchOS 3, we have seen even more complaints than ever. Both from the firmware and hardware perspective.
Lucky for you, though, a lot of these common issues on your Apple Watch are really easy to fix. You will also notice that most issues all come down to similar tricks and solutions.
Before we dive into the resolutions, let’s take a look at the infographic below.
Apple Watch showing Black Screen
If a black screen is all you see right now then your Apple Watch is probably powered off. This can happen due to low battery.
In this case, the first thing you should do is press and hold the side button. This is called rebooting. If it gets on, it was simply turned off.
If that doesn’t work, try pressing and holding the side button and the digital crown for ten seconds. This will be addressed as hard restart further. If this works, it means your watch is low on battery and if it doesn’t, it has run out of battery.
Go charge your watch!
Nothing but time in green and digital format
If your Apple Watch is doing nothing except showing you time in green color and digital format, it is possibly on Power Reserve.
This mode is designed to save battery so that the watch can work for an extended period of time. As evident from your Watch’s size, it does not contain a very large battery and thus, conservation is necessary. To switch it to normal mode, reboot it.
Red lightning bolt with time in green
If this is what you’re observing on your watch, it’s telling you that your watch is in low battery. You will not be able to access main features and the only option you’re left with is to charge the watch.
It looks like a dead man talking
If your watch is blacked out, not showing anything but talking to you, the Voice Over is turned on. You can turn this off from your iPhone.
There are two reasons why your watch might not respond to your touches. First, hard restart may be in process. You can redo the hard restart by the process mentioned above and the Apple logo will appear.
If it does not work, you need to visit the Apple Store for a repair because some part of the watch hardware might be damaged.
Apple Watch stuck on Boot Loop
If your watch does not go beyond the boot loop or just gets stuck on the Apple logo, then hard restart will work. If it doesn’t, some boot files of the watchOS are corrupted. Apple Care is your last resort.
Native Apps Won’t Open after Upgrade
One of the many problems I usually see is native apps not working on Apple Watch. Sometimes it could crash instantly every time we tried to launch it. It’s understandable that stock applications may not open, but these apps that we’re talking about now are native apps.
The following are steps you can take to troubleshoot this problem. Some helped while others didn’t, so just go over each one at a time and let us know.
Quick Tip: Assumingly that you haven’t tried anything to resolve the issue so what we recommend first is restarting the Apple Watch. You can learn more about it from this post. If it continues to happen, follow the guide below.
How to Fix Native Apps Not Opening on Apple Watch
- Quickly make a backup of the iPhone through iCloud
- Create an iTunes Encrypted Backup
- Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and erase all contents
- Reset your iPhone back to its factory Settings. You can do that via iTunes or right on your device. I found that doing it directly on your iPhone work the best. So, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings
- Connect your phone to the computer and restore from backup using iTunes
Since both devices are now back to its factory settings, set them up and pair your iPhone with your Apple Watch again.
The Weird Method
- Connect both Apple Watch and iPhone to its charger
- Open the Music app on your iPhone and play a song from there
- Identify the apps that won’t open in watchOS 2 then go to the Watch app
- There should be an option that says Show App on Apple Watch, turn it Off and back On
This one was provided by Apple Support and not sure how playing music on your phone would contribute to the fix, but it seems like a viable option.
Keynote App Keeps Crashing
The Apple Watch not only improve my health and daily activities with its fitness and tracking features but also boost my productivity and usually become my handyman whenever I do a presentation.
The Keynote application on your watch will allow you to quickly control keynote presentations right on your wrist. Therefore, it makes changing slides more convenient without having to walk back and forth repeatedly over to your Mac.
Just like any other apps, sometimes the Keynote on your Apple Watch might not function as it usually does. A lot of people have reported the crashing issue with their Keynote, and today we will show you how to resolve that.
What to Do When Keynote Keeps Crashing?
- On your iPhone, go to the Watch app
- On the My Watch page, scroll down until you see Keynote app, and tap on it
- Toggle Show App on Apple Watch to Off
- Wait a few mins and re-enable it
Update #1: The latest version of Keynote app will automatically resolve this issue. If you haven’t get the update, do so now from the App Store.
The majority of the errors and problems that users encountered while using their Apple Watch are fixable and does not require you to take it to a repair store. However, sometimes, if trying to restart the device or charging it overnight and still doesn’t resolve any issues then you must pay the Apple Store a visit.