After updating Apple Watch Series 3 to watchOS 8.7 , users have experienced an issue with their watch restarting on its own. The saddest thing is that it was almost impossible to identify any pattern in this situation. The device could go into reboot at any time. At the same time, resetting the clock to factory settings , breaking a pair with an iPhone, and any other classic ways to solve the problem did not help in this case.
But, apparently, a way out of the situation still managed to be found. Moreover, Apple itself managed to do this . Let’s see what is the reason for such reboots and how this problem can be solved.
How to update your Apple Watch
Apple Watch Series 3 was released back in 2017 and continues to receive updates to this day. As you already know, watchOS 8 will be the last version of the operating system for this watch. This is actually the right decision on Apple ‘s part . This device is already obsolete, and it’s time for him to rest. But it would seem that even in such a debugged and long-familiar gadget, quite critical errors can occur.
The reboot problem is one of those. Fortunately, Apple does not abandon the already seemingly decommissioned device and continues to correct errors in its software. In order to get rid of constant spontaneous reboots Apple Watch Series 3 , you need to update them to the new version watchOS 8.7.1 . This is an exclusive version designed exclusively for this watch model. It did not come out for any others. To install it, you need to do the following:
- Make sure your watch is paired with your iPhone and is charging.
- Open the Watch app .
- Go to your watch and go to the main settings.
- Select the “Software Update” section.
- Download the new version of the operating system and install it, after confirming everything that the application will ask.
Installing new versions of software on the watch, it does not happen quickly, so you will have to wait for the process to finish. After they are updated, the problem with spontaneous reboots will be resolved, and Apple Watch will work as before. Even if you have not encountered similar problems, install this version anyway. It is possible that you were just lucky, but this does not mean that similar problems will not arise in the future.
Reset Apple Watch
But it is possible that the problems continue even on the new version of the software. In such a situation, you should start with a forced reboot. Most likely, some kind of error crept into the clock, which you need to try to solve on your own. To do this, you need to hold down the Digital Crown and the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen .
After the clock has loaded, observe its behavior for a while. If the problem does not arise, then it turned out to be solved. If it occurs again, you should move on to a more radical solution – reset to factory settings and reconnect to the iPhone. For this you need:
- Open Settings on your Apple Watch.
- Go to the “Basic” section.
- Select “Reset”.
- Click the “Erase content and settings” button.
- Confirm the reset by entering the password and click “Erase All” to confirm.
- Once the reset is complete, put your Apple Watch on your wrist and hold the watch close to your iPhone.
- Once prompted to pair, agree and follow the on- screen instructions on your iPhone and Apple Watch .
Most importantly, you need to set up the watch as new and not restore it from old backups. In this case, the likelihood of an error will be significantly reduced. It is better to spend a few extra minutes on this, but you are guaranteed to get a working device.
Unfortunately, resetting to factory settings is also not a panacea and may not help. If you have followed all the steps above and the problem with the reboot continues to occur, then you should contact the service center. It is possible that your problem is much more complex and deeper than some kind of software failure.