How to Fix Apple Watch Not Waking Up When Wrist is Raised

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Are you haing trouble with your Apple Watch not waking up when you raise your wrist? Don’t worry – this is a common issue and can be easily fixed!

The Apple Watch utilizes a feature called “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” which turns the display on when the user raises their wrist. This feature is incredibly useful for quickly checking the time, notifications, and more without having to tap the screen or press any physical buttons. However, if this feature isn’t working correctly, it can be incredibly frustrating.

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to troubleshoot and fix this issue. First, check your settings: On your iPhone, in the Watch app go to My Watch > General > Wake Screen and make sure that “Wake Screen on Wrist Raise” is turned on.

If that doesn’t solve the problem then it may be due to something else. For example, if you’re usig Battery Reserve mode or Theater mode then it may appear as if nothing is happening when you raise your wrist even though the watch is still active (just dimmed). To turn off Battery Reserve or Theater mode simply press and hold the side button until you see an option to turn them off.

Finally, if none of these methods work then try force-restarting your device. To do this, press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown at the same time until you see an Apple logo apear onscreen; after that, release both buttons and wait for your device to boot up again.

We hope these tips have helped get rid of any issues with your Apple Watch not waking up when you raise your wrist! If you have any other questions or concerns about your device don’t hesitate to reach out for help from Apple Support.

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Troubleshooting Apple Watch Not Opening When Raised

Your Apple Watch may not be opening when you raise your arm if the Wake Screen on Wrist Raise setting is turned off. To check this setting, open the Watch app on your iPhone, go to My Watch > General > Wake Screen and make sure that Wake Screen on Wrist Raise is turned on. If this setting is already enabled, then it’s possible that the accelerometer in your Apple Watch needs to be calibrated. To calibrate your Apple Watch, open the Settings app, go to General > Reset and select Reset Orientation & Calibration. After resetting your calibration settings, raise and lower your wrist a few times and make sure that Wake Screen on Wrist Raise is stil enabled.

The Benefits of Tapping an Apple Watch to See the Time

The Apple Watch uses a feature called “Raise to Wake” to help preserve battery life. When your wrist is down, the display dims and conserves power. To make the watch screen active, you need to raise your wrist or tap on the screen. This will bring everything back up to full brightness and allow you to interact with your watch, including seeing the time.

Enabling Automatic Opening of iPhone from Apple Watch

In order to get your Apple Watch to automatically open your iPhone, you must first enable the Unlock with Apple Watch feature. To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Face ID & Passcode. Enter your passcode and scroll down to Unlock with Apple Watch. Turn on the feature next to your watch’s name and if wrist detection is not enabled, you will be prompted to turn it on. Once this is enabled, your Apple Watch will automatically unlock your iPhone when it is close enough to detect it.


The Apple Watch is a powerful and versatile device that can help you stay connected, track your fitness goals, and provide you with helpful notifications. With its built-in sensors, the watch can detect when you raise your wrist to activate its display, dim itsef when your wrist is down, or respond to quick gestures. In addition to its many features, the Apple Watch also offers long battery life and is easy to charge. With the combination of advanced technologies and a sleek design, the Apple Watch is an ideal choice for staying connected on the go.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.