How to Force Close an App on the Apple Watch

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​It's always annoying when an app freezes or stops working properly on your Apple Watch. The solution? Force quit the app and reopen it. Happily, the process to force quit an app on the Apple Watch is short and sweet, so your app should be back up and running properly in no time.

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  • Here's what to do if an Apple Watch app (in this case, the Activity app) freezes, won't respond to the usual gestures, or otherwise malfunctions.

  • First, press and hold the Side button.

  • When the power off slider appears, release the Side button.

  • Now, press and hold Digital Crown until the app closes.

  • You will be returned to the main app screen where you can tap the app to re-open it.

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Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.