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How to Fix Apple Watch Stuck On Apple Logo

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When you turn on your Apple Watch, various setup actions, diagnostics, and system checks are performed in the background while you only see the Apple logo.

While this behavior is perfectly normal at initial startup for a little while, subsequent startups should experience the Apple logo appearing only for a brief period of time. 

If you’ve noticed your Apple Watch stuck on the Apple logo, it’s a clear indication of a frustrating problem that essentially renders your Apple Watch unusable.

While making a Genius Bar reservation is certainly an option, this issue may not warrant that sort of drastic attention right from the start.

This guide walks you through several troubleshooting steps you can try to fix when your Apple Watch is stuck on the Apple logo.

Force a Restart

Like most electronics, a reboot typically fixes many of Apple Watches tedious issues. This one is often no exception.

Once you’ve forced restart your Apple Watch it may bypass whatever issue caused the Apple logo to not leave. 

To force a restart, you would need to press the side button of the watch and the digital crown at the same time, and hold them down until the Apple icon disappears from the screen, then reappears again.

After the logo reappears, let go of the buttons, and allow the device to try and restart. It may now only be up for a few seconds and start the Apple Watch normally. If the Apple Watch stays on your screen, there are a few other things we can try.

Use the Apple Watch Finder

Since your Apple Watch syncs with your iPhone, you can control the watch through the Watch app on your phone.

If you ever misplace your Apple Watch, there is a feature in the Apple Watch app that will allow you to locate it as long as it is still paired with the iPhone.

However, you can also leverage this functionality to overcome the Apple logo stuck on the Apple Watch screen problem.

  • In the My Watch section of the Watch app, find the lower case “i” located inside of a small circle next to the All Watches header at the top.
  • This will display multiple options, select Find My Apple Watch.
  • A map will open and allow you to play a sound.

Not only does this effectively act as a beacon for finding a misplaced Apple Watch, but it also triggers the watch to break from the Apple logo in order to respond to the app’s action.

Update Apple watchOS

When an issue of any sort happens to several users, they report it to Apple. The stuck Apple logo certainly qualifies as a well enough known issue that Apple would have been made aware of it.

It’s just as likely that they have had their developers and troubleshooting teams diagnose the problem and develop a solution for it.

Since this is typically an issue at the operating system level, there is a good chance that a new OS update actually already has a resolution for it. 

For this reason, it’s important to keep all Apple devices up to date on their operating system updates to get the latest features and bug resolutions applied.

To trigger the Watch’s operating system update, access the My Watch app on the iPhone, and under the General tab, you will find a Software Update option.

You will be able to tell if there is an update available for the Watch here. If one is, trigger its installation, and this will hopefully break the Apple logo from staying on the screen.

Factory Reset

If none of the above have worked, it was likely caused by some type of setting alteration, whether it was a user or system-initiated.

If the Watch is still displaying the Apple logo, then you might need to reset it to its factory default settings. Since it did not have the problem at the time, it would return the watch to its regular working order. 

To factory reset your Apple Watch, first, try holding down the digital crown, and waiting for the Settings menu to display.

If this works, access the General tab and choose the Reset option. Under this category will be a choice to Erase All Content and Settings.

To assure that you actually intentionally want to perform this action, a password prompt will come up next. Once you entered your password, the Watch will be restored to its original factory state.

It goes without saying that this process will erase all the settings and data on your Apple Watch. The watch will return to the state that it was in at the point of purchase.

While it’s good practice to back up your Apple Watch before a factory reset, we strongly advise against implementing that copy.

By doing so, you risk reintroducing the setting that caused the problem in the first place. Rather than doing so, set up the watch as if it was brand new.


By implementing at least one of these tips, your Apple Watch will certainly overcome the Apple logo problem.

When the watch is powered on, it will unpair from your iPhone and repair again. That is to make sure that the watch connects and functions at its optimum level of performance.

Let me know if this helped fix your Apple Watch stuck on the Apple logo. If you found success doing something else, leave a comment down below!

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

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