Apple Watch is one of the leading smartwatches out there, with millions of units sold every quarter. First introduced back in 2015, Apple Watch quickly became the top choice for smartwatches, beating out other rivals out there. Starting with Apple Watch Series 2, Apple finally turned its watch into a useful item, rather than a luxury device on your wrist.
Apple’s wearable device is pretty reliable when it comes to performance. However, there are exceptions to everything. You may experience slowdowns, lags, and unresponsiveness on your Apple Watch. With that in mind, we are here to help.
A number of Apple Watch owners have reported that their wearable device is acting weird, with app crashes and lags. They cannot even open their Workouts app on their Apple Watch. There could be any reason for why your Apple Watch fails to work properly, ranging from outdated software update to corrupted apps.
If you have noticed that your Apple Watch is slowing down, then we have compiled a list of the best tips to speed up your wearable. Before we proceed, make sure you now have the latest version of watchOS on your device. To update your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone, then hit the My Watch tab and tap General. Now just simply select Software Update and download any available updates.
If you now have a modern version of watchOS, but you are still experiencing slowdowns, then try turning on Reduce Motion. In reality, Reduce Motion has been around since the days of iOS 7, allowing users to make their OS more responsive.
There are two ways you can enable Reduce Motion feature on your Apple Watch. However, we are going for the easiest method, which involves using your watch itself. To do this, press the Digital Crown button, then select the Settings icon and hit Accessibility. Once you are in, select the Reduce Motion and turn it on. Once you have enabled the feature, watchOS will reduce the motion of the user interface.
Alternatively, you can enable Reduce Motion by using the Watch app on your iPhone. To do this, launch the Watch app from your iPhone’s home screen, then select My Watch tab and select General. Once you are in, select Accessibility, then select Reduce Motion and turn on the switch.
Close apps from Dock
If the problem still persists, then try closing all the open app from the background. Keep in mind that too many apps running in the background negatively affect your device’s performance. If you have recently noticed that your Apple Watch is slowing down, then you can disable background apps.
To close background apps on your Apple Watch, open the Dock in watchOS by pressing the Side button. Once you are in, you should see a list of all apps running in the background. Now just simply swipe left on an app and then hit the X button to close it.
Turn off Automatic App Install
One of the best things when it comes to Apple devices is that they work perfectly together. In this case, if you install a new app on your iPhone, you will get it on your Apple Watch’s home screen. If you use iOS apps on your iPhone only, then it’s time to remove unnecessary apps on your watch.
To turn off Automatic App Install, open the Watch app on your iPhone and then select the My Watch app. After that, select General and turn off the switch for Automatic App Install.
Remove apps from your Watch
There are a ton of apps you no longer use on your Watch. Those apps may take a large amount of your storage, so it’s a good idea to uninstall them to free up some space and improve performance.
Uninstalling an Apple Watch app is pretty simple and we will show you how in the section below.
Step one: Press the Digital Crown button to open the Home screen and then tap and hold an app until it starts jiggling
Step two: Now just simply select the app you wish to remove from your device and then hit the Delete button to confirm your action.
Alternatively, you can remove any app from your Apple Watch by using the Watch app for iOS. To do this, open the Watch app on your iPhone, then select My Watch tab and you should see a list of all apps installed on your watch under the Installed on Apple Watch section. Select an app and turn off the switch for Show App on Apple Watch.
Remove your playlists in Apple Music
Apple Music is a good music streaming service, with 40 million paying subscribers. Apple Music now works perfectly in watchOS, allowing you to play your favorite tracks during workouts.
If you have enabled the syncing settings in Apple Music, your wearable device will automatically sync your Apple Music playlists with your iPhone. If you no longer need a playlist in watchOS, it’s a good idea to remove it.
To do this, launch the Watch app on your iPhone, then select My Watch tab and tap Music. After that, remove all the playlists you no longer use.
If nothing works, then try resetting your Apple Watch, so you can set it up as new. To do this, press the Digital Crown button, then select Settings > General > Reset and hit Erase All Content and Settings.
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