How to Fix Facebook Messenger Not Working on Apple Watch

Facebook Messenger for Apple Watch is a really convenient way for many people to use their real-time chatting app on the go, especially doing it right on their wrists.

Since the initial release back in October, I didn’t have any trouble using the Messenger app on my watch until now the app just stopped loading completely.

Users often face with a black screen when trying to open their Facebook Messenger app on the Apple Watch. In the middle of the screen is a loading icon that keeps on spinning (non-stop). You may hope for your messages to show, but most of the time, the wheel will get stuck there.

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If Facebook Messenger is not loading on your Apple Watch

  1. On your iPhone, open the Messenger app
  2. Access the Settings page and tap on Apple Watch
  3. Change the default replies to anything you want and then close the app
  4. Now go back to Settings > Apple Watch and delete the entry that you changed
  5. Again, close the app on your iPhone
  6. Open Facebook Messenger on your Apple Watch, and all your messages should be there, fully loaded.

What a weird trick isn’t it; I’m unable to figure out how this helps to fix the issue, but it did. It’s worth noting that minor problems like this are easy to fix.

If the Messenger app is still not working on your Apple Watch, try the following tips:

Delete the app

Of course, I’m not forcing you to get rid of it forever. All you have to do is uninstall Facebook Messenger on your iPhone and Apple Watch. Then, restart both devices.

Go back to the App Store and re-install the app.

Enter AirPlane Mode

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Turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi can also help in this case. The easiest and fastest way to achieve that is by turning on AirPlane Mode. This will disable the two features at the same time.

After a minute or so, turn AirPlane mode off. Try refreshing your Facebook Messenger app again and see if it works.

Update both iOS and watchOS

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Check to make sure your iPhone is using the latest iOS, and your Apple Watch is running on the latest watchOS version. Sometimes, a quick software update could fix multiple problems altogether.

To update your iPhone and Apple Watch:

Go to the Settings app > General > Software Update. Perform the same steps with your watch by going to the Watch app on your iPhone.

Once your watch is updated to the latest version, go back to Facebook Messenger to see if it’s working. We do believe that getting the most recent version will possibly fix this problem.


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