How to Fix Apple Watch Won’t Turn On or Black Screen Display

The million dollar question is…

What to do when your Apple Watch refuses to turn on or doesn’t respond?

If you rely on this “fantastic” piece of gadget on a daily basis for productive tasks and business related, having it always turned off or partially working is unacceptable.

Not a single technology is perfect. If your watch sometimes would not turn on or just show a static black screen, don’t worry.

Not kidding! There are ways to bring it back to live.

Just follow our methods below and you will get a fully-working Apple Watch back. We spent a good amount of time inspecting the wires, cables, to finding other causes.

Check the Battery & Charging Cable


This should be the first thing that you do. It will let you know whether the battery that is dying or something else inside is not working properly.

Get started by plugging your Apple Watch in a charging stand and wait for it to charge. If hours have passed by, and nothing is showing up, then observe the charging cable.

Some helpful tips:

  1. Is the charging cable in good condition?
  2. Make sure the back and head of it are dry and clean
  3. See whether each end of the USB connector is fully pushed in

A lot of people manufactured their charging stand where the charging head has to align accordingly with the back of the watch.

Charging on a Computer

If you want to charge your Apple Watch via a computer, be sure to use a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port or else it won’t work. Also, the desktop or laptop has to be on and awake while the charging process is in session.

Note: Don’t connect the USB to an external computer part such as a keyboard. Some keyboards have an additional port but don’t use that. The cable has to be plugged in directly to the computer. Otherwise, it will not transfer power to the watch.

Showing a Black Screen


Sometimes this happens to my watch as well, where the device just shows a black screen and nothing else. If this happen while the watch still has some battery left, then follow the steps below.

Try pressing and holding both Digital Crown and side button for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo shows up. This is force restart, and it help fixing the black screen error on Apple Watch.

Power Reserve

Users are often mistaken their watch for a dead device when it’s just in Power Reserve mode. That’s entirely understandable because this feature will disable everything. It will even stop all exchanges with your iPhone as well.


All you see is a red bolt icon next to the 24-hour format time. Power Reserve allows you to continue checking the time while saving battery. As a result, forcing all other functionality to shut down.

To get out, all you have to do is press and hold the side button till the Apple logo display on the screen.

Over to you

Hopefully, all the solutions we provided above will get your Apple Watch back up and running again. If not, continue reading this post and contact Apple for further support.


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