Apple Watch Stuck Verifying Update? Here’s The Fix!

You’re trying to update your Apple Watch, but it’s not working. No matter what you do, the update won’t finishing verifying. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your Apple Watch is stuck verifying an update!

Give It A Few More Minutes

I got the idea for this article after trying to update my own Apple Watch. The process was a little slow and I ran into a couple hiccups along the way.

First, just let your Apple Watch sit for a few minutes, even if it looks like it’s stuck on Verifying. It took my Apple Watch a few minutes to finish verifying its update.

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Second, make sure your Apple Watch has 50% battery life and is connected to its charger. Otherwise, you won’t be able to update it. If you’re still having trouble updating your Apple Watch, follow the steps below!

Check Apple’s Servers

Your iPhone has to connect to Apple’s servers to download the latest watchOS update. Occasionally, those servers will crash and prevent you from doing so. Visit Apple’s website and make sure their servers are functioning properly. You’ll know Apple servers are in good shape when there’s a green dot next to every system or service.

Close The Watch App

From time to time, the Watch app will crash while you’re trying to download, prepare, or verify the latest watchOS update. Sometimes, closing the Watch app can fix the problem.

First, you’ll have to open the app switcher on your iPhone. On an iPhone 8 or older, double-press the Home button. On an iPhone X or newer, swipe up from the bottom to the center of the screen.

Once the app switcher is open, swipe the Watch app up and off the top of the screen.

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Close The Other Apps On Your iPhone

After closing the Watch app on your iPhone, try closing your other apps too. It’s possible a different app has crashed, leaving you with an Apple Watch that’s stuck verifying an update.

Open the app switcher again and swipe all the apps up and off the top of the screen.

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Restart Your iPhone

Apps aren’t the only thing that can make the software crash on your iPhone. Restarting your iPhone can fix other minor software bugs.

Press and hold the power button until slide to power off appears. If you have an iPhone X or newer, simultaneously press and hold either volume button and the side button.

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Restart Your Apple Watch

While you’re restarting your iPhone, restart your Apple Watch too. This can fix a small software issue with your Apple Watch.

Press and hold the side button until the Power Off slider appears. Then, swipe the power icon from left-to-right across the display.

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Check For An iPhone Update

Sometimes you have to update your iPhone before you can update your Apple Watch with the most recent version of watchOS. Open Settings and tap General -> Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and Install.

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Once you’ve updated your iPhone, open the Watch app and try to update your Apple Watch again.

More Advanced Troubleshooting Steps

The last step to take when your Apple Watch is stuck verifying an update is to unpair your Apple Watch and set it up as new. You can do this by unpairing it on your iPhone or by erasing all the content and settings on your Apple Watch.

When you complete either of these steps, it’ll be as if you’re taking your Apple Watch out of the box for the very first time. Since you have your iPhone handy, we highly recommend unpairing your Apple Watch using your iPhone.

Unpair Your Apple Watch

When performing the steps below, keep your iPhone and Apple Watch in close range of each other to make sure the process goes smoothly.

Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap on your Apple Watch at the top of the screen. Tap the Information button (the i inside a circle), then tap Unpair Apple Watch.

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If your Apple Watch is enabled with Cellular, make sure you choose to keep your plan. Tap Unpair Apple Watch again to confirm your decision.

Erase All Content And Settings

Open Settings on your Apple Watch and tap General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.

Make sure you choose to keep your plan if your Apple Watch is enabled with Cellular. Then, tap Erase All. Your Apple Watch will shut down, reset, and turn on again.

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Still Stuck Verifying?

If your Apple Watch is still stuck verifying the update, it’s probably time to visit the Apple Store. We recommend setting up an appointment first so you don’t spend your day standing around and waiting for someone to become available.

Update: Verified!

You’ve fixed the problem with your Apple Watch and now it’s up to date. Next time your Apple Watch is stuck verifying an update, you’ll know how to solve the problem. Have any other question about your Apple Watch? Leave them below!

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