New life to old Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by tmoney468, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. tmoney468 macrumors 6502a

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    This is just a PSA which I'm sure most of you know, but I thought I would pass along.

    I have the original 42mm Apple Watch, and with watchOS 4, I noticed performance became really bad to the point where I could barely do anything on it. The most egregious thing was trying to set a workout - for whatever reason, when I would go to that screen, it would remain frozen and I would be unable to select a workout.

    On a whim, I restored my apple watch and set up as new, and surprisingly, it works a lot better now. The workouts app works as expected, and everything is a lot more fluid. In the past I have updated but restored my settings from the backup, but this time setting up as new really seemed to have helped.

    Hope this helps someone!
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Restoring Storing from back up is an option, but can actually also be a problem in itself sometimes. When you restore from backup, sometimes that transfers along other issues or glitches from the previous Apple Watch. Sometimes Re-pairing the Apple Watch/setting up as a new device is recommended. Otherwise sometimes all is needed is a hard reset by holding down the power button and digital crown for 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears, Which will clear unknown glitches or rogue applications.
     
  3. tmoney468 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, the hard reset never worked for me, and I had issues with restoring from backup. Not sure why it took me so long to think of setting it up as a new watch. In the computer world, generally fresh install is one of the items to try down the troubleshooting path. Happy that I have a somewhat functional watch again!
     
  4. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    I still don’t think the speed difference between the new watch and the original watch is enough to justify an upgrade anyway.
     
  5. nippyjun macrumors 65816

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    I strongly disagree. I have both and the speed difference is night and day.plus gps, water resistance, etc.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    That depends how you’re using your Apple Watch. If you’re just using stock applications and simple notifications, then the first generation Apple Watch would likely still somewhat suffice, although the battery life and processing power is not nearly what the Series 3 is. Not to mention, the first generation Apple Watch does not have the the 1000 Not display, 50 m water resistance, GPS, etc.
     
  7. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    Disagreee. The speed difference between the first gen and the series 2 was enough to justify my upgrade (along with the brighter screen). I can't imagine what a difference the series 3 is over the first gen.

    Edit: Extra battery life was a bonus
     
  8. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    Since you have already upgraded, you will say it was justified.
     
  9. MrGimper macrumors 603

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    My wife upgraded at the same time, she feels it wasn't justified at all and wishes she hadn't......
     
  10. Otflyer macrumors 6502

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    I too noticed the significant speed difference going from S0 to S3 but, for my usage the S0 worked just fine. I just wanted a new watch after 2.5 yrs.
     

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