How to fix an Unresponsive Apple Watch using iPhone

Fix an Unresponsive Apple Watch

Fixing or recovering an Apple Watch has been one of the most tedious tasks ever. The only way for someone to get their watch fixed was through the Apple service centre, which was very inconvenient. But the new watchOS 8.5, lets, users fix and recover an Unresponsive Apple Watch using an iPhone.

Apple has been notoriously famous for not giving its users the option to repair their own devices and even made their devices harder to repair by not providing genuine parts and banning third-party ones. But in recent times, the legislation has started to favour the Right To Repair movement, which has forced companies to give their users the chance to repair their devices themselves. Be it in terms of hardware or software.

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Apple recently launched their new Self Service Repair program, in which a user can get genuine parts from Apple and repair their devices themselves. This program is only for iPhone 12 and 13 users for now, and soon will be followed by Mac computers featuring M1 chips. The initial phase of the program will focus on the most commonly serviced modules, such as the iPhone display, battery, and camera. The ability for additional repairs will be available later next year.

How To Fix an Unresponsive Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch is unresponsive or not updating, you can use the below steps to reset your Apple Watch.

Requirements to Restore Apple Watch firmware

Apple Watch

  1. Running watchOS 8.5 or later


  1. Running iOS 15.4 or later
  2. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth should be turned on
  3. Keep it unlocked during the process

Apple Recommends

  1. Use a 2.4GHz network on your iPhone instead of 5GHz.
  2. Ensure that you are not using a captive or 802.1X network.
  3. Avoid public Wi-Fi networks as they may not work.


Reset Apple Watch using iPhone

  1. Get your Apple Watch near the iPhone.
  2. Put the watch on charge.
  3. Double-click the Side button.
  4. Follow on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Fix an Unresponsive Apple Watch

Note: If you see a Red Exclamation Mark, double press the Side Button and repeat the above process.

Fix an Unresponsive Apple Watch

Troubleshooting Tips

  1. The easiest way to troubleshoot is to try one more time and repeat the above steps.
  2. The process won’t work if the Wi-Fi is slow and spotty. Turn off the iPhone’s Wi-Fi, restart the device and then turn on the Wi-Fi again.
  3. There might be a problem with the connection between the iPhone and the Apple Watch. In this case, restart the Bluetooth and let the two devices pair again.
  4. If none of these tips worked then the best option is to contact Customer Care.



These were some of the ways through which you can fix an Unresponsive Apple Watch. Users can reset their Apple watch on their own without the need of going to the service centre. This functionality was already available on iPhones and Macs and is called Recover Mode. Finally, with watchOS 8.5, Apple Watch users will have the same flexibility.

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