Several Apple Watch users have reported that the notifications and Control Center are stuck with swiping up or down on the watch face. In this article, we mention some possible solutions.
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Some users have found that simply swiping left or right to change the watch face has brought back Control Center and notification interactions for them.
Restart the Apple Watch
Note that you can't restart your Apple Watch if it's charging, so unplug it first before trying the next steps.
◉ Press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off slider on the screen, then drag it to turn off the watch.
◉ Once the watch is turned off, press and hold the side button again to turn it on.
Force restart your Apple Watch
If a standard restart doesn't solve the problem, try a force restart. Note that this should only be used as a last resort, and do not force restart if your Apple Watch is updating the system.
◉ Press and hold the side button and the Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds.
◉ Release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.
Re-pair your Apple Watch
Unpairing the Apple Watch from the iPhone has worked for some people with this problem. It takes a while, but if you miss the gestures that reveal Control Center and Notifications, it's worth trying this solution.
◉ Bring the iPhone and Apple Watch close to each other, then open the Watch app on the iPhone.
◉ On the My Watch tab, tap All hours.
◉ Press the info button (i) next to the watch you want to unpair.
◉ Tap Unpair Apple Watch. For watch models that support GPS and cellular, choose Keep your cellular plan.
◉ Click again to confirm, you may need to enter your Apple account password to disable Activation Lock.
Before erasing all content and settings on your Apple Watch, your iPhone creates a new Apple Watch settings backup, and you can use the backup to restore a new Apple Watch. After you unpair your Apple Watch, you'll see the start pairing message, and then you can pair your watch with your iPhone again in the normal way.
◉ Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until you see the Apple logo.
◉ Wait until the “Use iPhone to set up Apple Watch” message appears on the iPhone, then click Continue. If you don't see this message, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap All Watches, then tap Pair New Watch.
◉ Follow the onscreen instructions to pair your watch again.
If none of the above suggestions worked for you, your Apple Watch screen may have a problem and you will have to go to an authorized or trusted technician to have it checked, and if it is in warranty, take it to the Apple Store for repair or even replacement.
If you fix the problem, it may only be temporary, and you'll have to wait for Apple to fix everything that's going wrong in a future update. Apple fixed similar issues on the Apple Watch in previous versions of watchOS, so we hope to see a fix for them in the upcoming watchOS 8.7 or watchOS 9 release.