How to Turn Apple Watch Off & On

Learn how to turn off Apple Watch and turn it back on again to restart the watch or to preserve the battery in an emergency.

Turning off your Apple Watch can preserve your battery in an emergency or help you take a break from technology. Once you turn it off, you will need to know how to power on Apple Watch so that you can use it again. Turning the watch off and on restarts your Apple Watch and can help troubleshoot issues.

Related: When & How to Reset Your Apple Watch with a Restart or Force Restart

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How to Shut Off Apple Watch 

  1. Press and hold the Side button.

    Press and hold the Side button.
     
  2. A screen will show up with the option call for help via SOS Emergency or turn off your Apple Watch. If you have it activated, you may also see Apple ID on this screen.

    A screen will show up with the option call for help via SOS Emergency or turn off your Apple Watch.
     
  3. Swipe right to Power Off your watch.

    Swipe right to Power Off your watch.

How to Turn On Apple Watch

  1. Press and hold the Side button.

    Press and hold the Side button.
     
  2. Release the Side button when the Apple icon shows up.

    Release the Side button when the Apple icon shows up.

Now you know how to shut down Apple Watch and turn it back on again. This can be done to do a soft restart on your watch and fix some software glitches. Turning the watch off can also help preserve your battery or give you a break from technology.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.