You attempted to turn on your Apple Watch, but it seems to have frozen while booting up. Your Apple Watch Series 7 is unresponsive and displays the Apple logo on the screen for more than one hour. The Apple logo may be flashing (appears and disappears and reappears again). This may mean that your watch can’t complete the boot-up process. It can be difficult to know what to do when this happens, since many of the Apple Watch’s controls rely on being able to see and use the items it displays. In this article, I’ll explain why your Apple Watch Series 7 is stuck on the Apple Logo and show you what to do to fix the issue.
Why is Apple Watch Series 7 stuck on Apple Logo
Sometimes the issue may be caused by something that went wrong during a watchOS update. Other times, there may be hardware reasons behind this issue, including dust or water damage as well as a broken screen. Unfortunately, this issue makes your watch unusable, so it’s important to fix it as soon as possible.
Ways to fix Apple Watch Series 7 stuck on Apple Logo
Here’s what to do if your Apple Watch Series 7 is stuck on the Apple logo.
1. Place Your Apple Watch on the Magnetic Charger
At times, all you need to do to fix Apple Watch Series 7 stuck on Apple logo issue is to just place your Watch on the magnetic charger. So, try this trick to check if the smartwatch boots up normally.
2. Restart the watch
Next, simply try restarting your watch by pressing and holding the side button until you see the power off slider. Wait for the watch to turn off and then press and hold the side button until you see the logo. Your device should now turn back on.
3. Force restart the watch
If a simple restart didn’t fix the Apple Watch 7 stuck on Apple Logo issue, it’s time to try a force restart. In most cases, force restarting the Apple Watch will solve the issue. To do so, press and hold the digital crown and side button of the watch at the same time for at least 15 seconds until the logo disappears and appears again. After approximately one minute, your watch should restart normally.
4. Give Software Update/Restore a Bit More Time to Complete
If you were installing a software update, chances are the watch isn’t stuck on the Apple logo but is simply finishing up the update before booting up. In such a case, you should give the watch ample time to finish the update. If the Apple logo hasn’t gone after an inordinate amount of time, however, you should consider using one of the steps below to try and sort things out.
5. Delete Software Update Files
If, after giving your watch plenty of time to finish updating, you’re still looking at the Apple logo and nothing else is happening, you should try to delete the update files. You may not know about this, but you actually can delete the software update files from your Apple Watch. Here’s how:
- Open the ‘Watch’ app on your iPhone and head to the ‘My Watch’ section if it isn’t open by default.
- Now, go to General -> Storage
- Tap Software Update and then Delete the Update File.
Now that you’ve deleted the software update file, try to reinstall the software update on your Apple Watch. Hopefully, this fixes things. If it doesn’t it’s time to try something else.
6. Use Find My to Fix Apple Watch Series 7 Stuck on Apple Logo
The Find My app on your iPhone can be useful for more than just locating your loved ones and your connected devices. It can, sometimes, help you fix the Apple Watch Series 7 stuck on Apple logo problem as well. True, this is rather unconventional, but many users have reported that it helped them solve the same issue, so why not give it a shot, right? Here’s what you should do.
- Open the Find My app on your iPhone and tap the Devices tab.
- Now, you may need to pull up the Devices’ handle to reveal all the connected devices. Then, tap your Apple Watch and hit Play Sound.
Often, when the command for playing a sound is sent to your Apple Watch, it ‘unfreezes’ and starts working normally. Even if this method doesn’t work for you, though, don’t worry because there are plenty of other fixes still. Keep reading.
With watchOS 8.5 or later and iOS 15.4 or higher, you can restore your bricked Apple Watch using your paired iPhone. Prior to the introduction of this handy self-repair feature, Apple Watch users had to visit an Apple repair center to get the watch repaired.
7. Update Software
If you’ve still been unsuccessful at fixing your Apple Watch Series 7 stuck on Apple logo, it’s time to check whether there are any pending software updates. Apple periodically releases watchOS updates with performance improvements, bug fixes, and security enhancements.
It’s recommended that you install updates as soon as you can, but if you haven’t, the update might help you get rid of any glitches that are causing your Apple Watch Series 7 to be stuck in a boot loop.
- Go to the Watch app on your paired iPhone and make sure the My Watch tab at the bottom left corner is selected. Now, tap General.
- Tap General in Watch app
- Next, tap Software Update and then download and install the latest version of the software.
Note: It is possible to update your Apple Watch from within the Watch itself. However, since we’re considering a situation where your Apple Watch is stuck on Apple logo, you won’t be able to update it that way.
8. Erase Your Apple Watch
Tried everything else on the list but no luck? It may be time to factory reset your Apple Watch. This is a rather extreme solution, but it does usually fix almost any issue you might be facing. What’s more, you don’t even need to worry about backing up your Apple Watch because watchOS automatically backs up your data when you unpair Apple Watch.
- On your paired iPhone, open the Watch app and tap General.
- Scroll down and choose Reset. Then, tap Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings. Make sure to tap Erase All Content and Settings to confirm.
- Once your Apple Watch has been erased, you will have to set up your Apple Watch again. Hopefully, this should fix the issue you were facing.
9. Contact Apple Support
If, after the factory reset, your Apple Watch Series 7 is still stuck on the Apple logo, it’s time to get help from Apple. Contact Apple Support (visit) immediately, and they should be able to guide you with troubleshooting steps, as well as for bringing in your watch for repair.
Easily Fix an Apple Watch Series 7 Stuck on Apple Logo
Well those were the ways you can try to fix an Apple Watch Series 7 stuck on Apple logo. Hopefully, you were able to get your smartwatch running perfectly using the fixes we have mentioned. If they did, let us know which method worked for you, and if not, tell us what Apple Support told you the issue was, and how they fixed it. Meanwhile, check out our article on what to do if your Apple Watch Series 7 touch screen is not working.