Step-by-Step Guide: How to Turn Off Apple Watch Quickly and Safely

Written by: Emma Morris


How to Turn Off Apple Watch 

Have you just bought an smartwatch and are now wondering how it actually works?

Don't worry, is here to offer all the insights into your new gadget, starting with the basics: how to turn off your Apple Watch.

Continue reading to discover more.

Are you in the market for a new timepiece? Check out our range of refurbished Apple Watches. Each one comes with a range of additional perks to make your day even better. 

Key Takeaways:

  • There are two ways to turn your device off: One way is through settings and the other by clicking the side button.

  • Not working? Force restart your gadget to get everything up and running again.

The Two Methods of Shutting Down

Standard Method of Turning Off

This method works regardless of whether it's a brand-new timepiece, a refurbished Apple Watch Ultra or a reliable classic – the refurbished Apple Watch Series 5.

  • Start by pressing down on the side button situated just below the Digital Crown on the right-hand side.

  • This action will prompt a turn-off icon to appear at the top of the display.

  • Press this, then move the "Power Off" slider to the right once visible on your screen. This action will shut down your device completely.

Afterwards, you can press the same side button again to restart your refurbished Apple Watch.

Closing the Device via the Settings App

Another way to turn off your Apple timepiece is through the Setting App. This method is particularly useful if your side button is slightly broken or software issues are preventing the first two methods from taking place.

  • Head to your Setting App on your smartwatch and scroll down until you see 'General'.

  • Give that a tap and touch the "Shut Down" or "Power Off" option.

  • Once pressed, you can then follow the instructions to turn off your device.

How to Force Restart Your Refurbished Apple Watch

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If all hope is lost and the first two methods aren't working, there's always the final option - force restart.

This is a safe troubleshooting method to ensure your gadget turns off immediately, meaning you shouldn't encounter any issues regarding glitching or loss of data once it has been performed. Read more about force restart here.

To perform this action:

  • Hold down the side button and the digital crown for a whole 10 seconds.

  • You can then release both once the Apple logo appears on the screen.

This action will then reboot your device and hopefully fix any software issues preventing it from turning off. You can then follow the two methods mentioned previously to shut down the device again.

Note:  If you are currently looking for a new timepiece due to recurring issues, please note that all of UR's smartwatches come with 12 months of FREE insurance and one year warranty, ensuring your new device will be working for months to come.

Final Thoughts on Turning off Your Smartwatch

As you can probably tell by now, restarting your refurbished Apple Watch is as simple as a few clicks.

However, if you're looking for more information on your new device, why not also check out our blog

Here, we offer a range of tips and tricks to ensure you can undertake your next tech journey with confidence.

Emma Morris

Emma crafts insightful and informative articles about refurbished phones for Her expertise guides readers in making the smartest choices for their tech needs.