How to Fix: My Apple Watch Screen is Upside Down

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Gadgets / Apple Watch

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If your Apple Watch suddenly rotated its screen, and you can’t seem to get it back to normal, this is due to a minor bug with the orientation settings on your smartwatch.

The simplest and quickest way to get rid of this issue is to open ‘Settings’ on your Apple Watch and update the ‘Orientation Settings’ to the wrist you wear the gadget on.

However, several users have reported experiencing trouble with this, and even though the Watch Settings have been appropriately set, the problem seems to persist.

Hence, if you’re one of the users that keep trying to resolve this bug, and it’s not going away, check out the steps and solutions below to fix the issue in no time.

Also read: How to Turn Off Apple Watch Light.

Why is my Apple Watch screen upside down?

The Apple Watch was designed to look similar to traditional watches, meaning the design was tailored for right-handed wearers. However, since many users don’t like the Digital Crown hitting their wrist - Apple implemented the Orientation Settings feature on their watch.

Hence, the main reason you’re having trouble with your Apple Watch might be due to the wrong setting.

How to change Apple Watch Screen Orientation

This setting can be adjusted both from the Watch and from the Watch app on your iPhone.

Before changing the Watch Orientation setting, put the Apple Watch on the wrist you usually wear it on, regardless of whether the screen is upside down.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch or open the Watch app on your iPhone, and tap on ‘My Watch’ at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap ‘General’, and open the ‘Watch Orientation’ feature.
  3. Select either ‘Left Wrist’ if you’re wearing the watch on your left hand, or right wrist if you wear the watch on your right hand.
  4. Next, to adjust the screen back to normal, choose a location for the Digital Crown - left side, or right side.

Note: If you wear the watch on your right hand, but prefer having the digital crown away from your wrist, you can adjust this setting too.

Bonus: How to Get Instagram on Apple Watch.



Apple Watch still facing upside down - solutions

If your Apple Watch faces down persistently, even after you adjusted the orientation settings, you should try restarting both your iPhone and your Apple Watch.

Restarting the Apple Watch

  1. Press and hold the digital crown, and tap on ‘Power Off’. Let the Apple Watch rest for a couple of minutes, and press and hold the digital crown again until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Restarting the iPhone

  1. Press and hold the side button and either volume button at the same time. Slide the ‘Power Off’ button, and let the phone rest for a while before turning it back on.

Changing the Apple Watch Face to a different one

  1. Open the current watch face you have set, and tap and hold the screen until you see the rest of the watch face tiles.
  2. Swipe to see all available ones, or press the ‘+’ sign to add a new one.

Changing the Apple Watch Face from your iPhone

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, and open ‘My Watch’.
  2. Under ‘My Faces’ select the one you want.
  3. Set Options & Complications you want to add to your watch face.
  4. Scroll down, and tap on ‘Set as current Watch Face’ once you’re done.

Unpairing and pairing the Apple Watch and iPhone again

If the issue persists, and you can’t flip your Apple Watch back again, unpair and pair both devices again.

Note: Unpairing from the Watch app, an automatic backup will be stored of your current watch settings and data.

Wrapping up

The Apple Watch has many amazing features, however, this is why issues and glitches seem to occur often.

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