How to Force-Quit Misbehaving Apple Watch Apps

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    Apple Watch apps rarely misbehave, but if one becomes non-responsive or fails to refresh data, sometimes force-quitting the app and relaunching it can solve the issue.

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    Fortunately, it's a simple procedure. The following steps show you how it's done on Apple Watch models running watchOS 4 or watchOS 5.

    1. Open the misbehaving app on your Apple Watch, either by tapping its complication or selecting it from the honeycomb-style app menu/list view, so that it takes over the display.
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      Now, press and hold the Side button.
    2. Release the Side button once the power down menu appears.
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      Next, press and hold the Digital Crown. You can release it once the app is whisked away from view and you're returned to the watch face.
    And that's all there is to it. The next time you launch the app in question, it will load up as if for the first time, and hopefully play nice again.

    If the problem you're having still persists, try restarting your Apple Watch from the power down screen, or consider re-installing the related app on your iPhone.

    Article Link: How to Force-Quit Misbehaving Apple Watch Apps
     
  2. chfilm macrumors 68000

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    I was looking for this shortcut for a long time!
     
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    Actually you hit the side button and then swipe left and hit the X.
     
  5. OUsooner08 macrumors member

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    No that removes the app from your dock.
     
  6. Doebldodl macrumors member

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    This removes the app from the dock, but does not quit it.
     
  7. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

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    Awesome, always wondered how to do this - but haven't needed to in the year I've been using the watch.
     
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    “Apple Watch apps rarely misbehave” hahahahahahahaha I cried reading this.
     
  10. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    The same trick can be used on iOS. It flushes the RAM reloading any opened apps from scratch
     
  11. alexhardaker macrumors 6502

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    How do you do it on iOS?
     
  12. twocents macrumors regular

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    This is somewhat off topic, but is there a similar method for the iPhone X / XS? It is not the same as swiping up on the app from the multitasking view since doing this with the buttons on an iPhone 7 Plus results in all apps relaunching
     
  13. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

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    I thought just swiping up on the tasking view unloaded it from memory (frozen or otherwise).
     
  14. AZMecha, Sep 25, 2018
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    S4 using the new info graph face.

    Has anyone noticed that the date & weather are not updating??
     
  15. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    S3 has the infograph face? :confused:

    Edit: You edited :)
     
  16. BravoTangoPapa macrumors member

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    Yes. I have to swipe to a different watch face and back again in order for these complications to update/refresh.
     
  17. tuhoops macrumors regular

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    Same here
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    Yep. Same issue.
     
  18. B4U macrumors 68020

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    Same thing happens to my S3 on the modular face almost every day.
     
  19. ftz macrumors newbie

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    Yep, same here
     
  20. newyorksole macrumors 68040

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    “Misbehaving”?! Might as well have said “Naughty” hahah.
     
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    I’ve been trying to find a solution for the non responding / slow responding Workout program for a while. Apparently it is a well known widespread problem and no known real cure for it. Apple recommend to reboot the watch, unpair and re-pair it again but the problem comes back after a while.

    This info to kick out a misbehaving program from the memory was the remedy I was looking for. It actually works like a charm. I keep the Workout in the Dock but delete it from the memory once I’m done with it. Next time I need to run the Workout, I launch it from the Dock. It spins its icon briefly and loads it. Once it’s loaded no lag, no freeze no misbehaving, it just works immediately. Problem solved.
     
  23. chinito77 macrumors regular

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    So clearly, a good number of us are having this issue. For me, it started about 2 months ago. I put up with it since I tought the next Watch OS update would fix it. Same problem but not as frequent.
     
  24. pweicks macrumors regular

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    Never realized you could do this. I thought closing them out of the dock did this. Just went through this process for every app currently in my dock and my Series 2 is running faster and smoother than it has in over a year all of a sudden. Forgot how cool all the UI animations are on watchOS now that I can watch them actually working again. Awesome
     
  25. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3

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    I was surprised with an Apple Watch for Christmas yesterday. In 24 hours of wearing it, this is the first time I've even noticed the side button exists.
     

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