My history of being immersed in the technology industry dates back to the last century, back to the era before the Mac, before Windows, back when CP/M was a thing and DOS was not. Over those decades I’ve learned a few rules that seem to apply to almost every gadget I’ve bought and used since.
Things break and things go wonky. What gets broken is not easily fixed. That’s the nature of techno-gadgets these days. Repairs? That’s for the experts. What about when your latest Apple gear starts acting wonky?
What do you do? Do this first.
Restart. Honestly, more than 90-percent of all such device wonkiness is fixed with a simple restart. Years in customer support taught me that axiom and customers loved me when I told them the steps.
First, do this, this, and that. Second, check this, do that. Third, restart.
Since that simple restart took care of more than 90-percent of all such wonkiness, I was hailed a hero. If that didn’t work, it was easy enough to escalate the issue to someone upstream on the totem pole.
I bring this up because of an interesting article I read this week on a technology website, where I suspect the readers already know what to do. Christine Chan:
How to restart and reset your Apple Watch
Restart and reset are not the same thing, so it’s likely most Watch owners know the former, but maybe not the latter. Yet, if you’ve used Apple Watch– or anything from Apple– you know they are not immune to occasional wonkiness.
That said, I do not restart my devices every day. The Mac gets used the most– hours on the keyboard vs. minutes on iPhone vs. not quite so many hours on iPad– so I restart it every couple of days.
iPhone and iPad only get restarted when something acts wonky. Apple Watch? Same thing.
A reset, restart, or reboot is sometimes the best way fix a problem, even on the Apple Watch.
That same time honored tip to restart keeps me in the good graces of family, friends, co-workers and neighbors who always seem to have a problem they can’t solve.
Whether you’re suffering unusual power drain, erratic performance, or you just want to save your battery for later, you can always turn off your Apple Watch and reboot it. It’s the oldest trick in the troubleshooting book
Yep. Highly recommended.
Chan walks through the basic list of what to do to restart, reset, and even re-sync a Watch to iCloud (perhaps Apple’s wonkiest product; I prefer to use Dropbox).
Problems come and go and most are software vs. hardware but both can be returned to normal with a restart. At about 90-percent of the time.