How To Turn Off Your Apple Watch – And Why It’s A Good Idea To

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 09/22/20 •  4 min read

The Apple Watch is a sleek device with a gorgeous touch screen. But despite its inconspicuous appearance, Apple’s wearable has four buttons. The question is: which one actually turns off the Apple Watch?

One Beautiful Touch Screen, Four Physical Buttons

How To Turn Off Your Apple Watch – And Why It’s A Good Idea To
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Yeah, most people think the Apple Watch only has two buttons–but there are actually four. Here’s how they break down:

How To Turn Off Your Apple Watch

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So which button turns off your Apple Watch completely? That would be the side button. However, simply pressing the side button once won’t shut your Apple Watch off. Here’s what you need to do instead:

  1. Press and hold the side button for about three seconds.
  2. After three seconds you should feel the Haptic Engine kick in on your Apple Watch. This will make the Apple Watch vibrate on your wrist. Once the Apple Watch vibrates on your wrist you can release your hold on the side button. Now, look at the Apple Watch’s screen. You’ll see three options have come up.
  3. The three options take the form of slider buttons. We’re only concerned about the first here. When you see the three sliders, slide the slider that is labeled “Power Off” all the way to the right.

Once you’ve done the above, the Apple Watch will power off completely. Keep in mind this may take a few moments–even up to 30 seconds on older versions of the Apple Watch.

Notes To Keep In Mind When Powering Off Your Apple Watch

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There are a few caveats to the instructions above:

So why might you want to power off your Apple Watch?

Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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