The Apple Watch with its watchOS operating system and the apps running on it is neither too far from the iPhone nor the Mac. Therefore, with the Smartwatch from Cupertino it can happen that a program freezes, an application uses too much CPU or other problems occur. Therefore, it is good to know how to exit or completely close an Apple Watch app. In the following I'll show you how to do it.
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Instructions: Exit an Apple Watch app
Like a program window or the corresponding tab in the dock / taskbar, a program must first be made visible on the smartwatch. So first call the problematic application. Then you can finish it with little effort. You can do this with these simple steps:
- Side button on the watch for 2 seconds
- Option to Shut down the app choose file
- digital Crown Hold down until the app is closed
This is how it works: Close the Apple Watch application completely
Especially if the application freezes completely under watchOS and no longer reacts at all, it should be closed completely. Basically, this can only be done by completely restarting the Apple Watch. If you want to restart the Apple Watch, proceed as follows:
- Side button Press until the "Switch off" slider appears
- "Switch off" slider press to turn off the clock
- After shutting down the clock the Side button Press until the Apple logo appears
Complete crash: Force restart Apple Watch
If a single application, several apps at the same time or the entire watchOS system go nuts and the watch no longer reacts, the regular restart could also fail. Then you should consider performing a forced restart. But be careful: you should only choose this as a last resort and never do it when the operating system is being updated. If in doubt, leave the device alone for the time being and then go through the above steps again later. But if nothing really works, you can force an Apple Watch restart like this: Press the digital crown and side button simultaneously for at least 10 seconds; do not let go until the Apple logo appearssystem. ( )
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.