For whatever reason, your Apple Watch won’t power up, and you have no idea why. You’ve been pressing and holding the Side button, but nothing has happened so far.
Here, I’ll break down the likely causes of your Apple Watch’s inability to power on and provide a comprehensive solution.
To force restart your Apple Watch, press and hold the side button for 10 seconds.
If your Apple Watch is dead and won’t turn on, try a hard reset first. Press and hold the Side button and Digital Crown at the same time for 10 to 15 seconds. Both buttons should be released when the Apple logo displays on the Apple Watch screen.
After a few while, your Apple Watch will activate again. The software on your Apple Watch crashed, causing the screen to go black. A hard reset fixed the problem. Yes, you did have your Apple Watch on the whole time.
Verify That the Power Reserve Is Not Engaged
Some first-time Apple Watch owners mistakenly believe their device is dead because it is set to Power Reserve. Upon first experimenting with this function on my Apple Watch, I had the exact same thought!
By turning off everything on your Apple Watch other than the clock, the Power Reserve mode might help you get more use out of a single charge. The following is what it should look like when Power Reserve is activated.
Power Reserve mode can be turned off by pressing and holding the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. When you restart your Apple Watch, it will exit Power Reserve mode.
Mute the Narrator and Lower the Divider
Screen Curtain is a hidden function of your Apple Watch that hides the display from view even when the watch is active. When activated, Screen Curtain prevents the use of any input method other than VoiceOver on your Apple Watch.
Launch the Watch app on your iPhone, and navigate to General -> Accessibility -> VoiceOver to disable Screen Curtain. The switch for Screen Curtain should then be turned off. When the switch is in the left position, it is off.
Look at Your ‘screen Curtains’ Options
You may control Screen Curtain in Apple Watch’s Accessibility preferences. Those with visual impairments will find this function to be extremely beneficial. A sound can be used to control the watch instead of the user’s eyes.
This implies the Apple watch’s display is off, even if the device is powered on. When using Apple Watch, VoiceOver is required for all operations.
If you are not visually impaired, however, you should turn off the VoiceOver feature to prevent the Apple Watch’s screen from turning off inadvertently.