How to turn off your Apple Watch

what to know

  • Press and hold the side button on your watch until the Power Off slider appears. Drag the slider to the right to power off the watch.
  • If your watch freezes or won't turn off, force restart your watch and try powering it off again.
  • To force a restart, press and hold the side button and Digital Crown simultaneously for at least 10 seconds. Release them when you see the Apple logo.

This article explains how to turn off your Apple Watch. It also includes information about force restarting your watch. This information applies to any generation of Apple Watch.

Please follow these steps to power off your Apple Watch:

  1. Press and hold the side button until the Power Off slider appears.

    Depending on your Apple Watch version, you might also see an SOS or Medical ID option. Make sure not to click these buttons unless you have an emergency.

  2. Drag the slider to the right to turn off the Apple Watch. To turn the watch on again, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

    This process will not work if your phone is charging.

The Apple Watch is in constant motion, and users use every ounce of battery power to track steps, use apps, get notifications and reminders, and make calls. All of these are good reasons to power down your favorite wearable device.

If your Apple Watch becomes unresponsive, you may need to force a restart before powering it off. This is also a troubleshooting step if your device won't charge when placed on a magnetic charger.

  1. Press and hold the side button and Digital Crown simultaneously for at least 10 seconds.

  2. Release the buttons when you see the Apple logo, which means the device is restarting. You should now be able to power off the device.

    Apple warns you never to force restart your device during the update process. If your Apple Watch is updating, you'll see the Apple logo and a progress wheel. Wait for the update to complete before turning off or restarting your Apple Watch.