If your Apple Watch’s display is suddenly upside down and you can no longer read all your stats without twisting your head and arm, there is an easy fix.
When your screen is upside down, it usually indicates a mismatch with your watch orientation settings.
So to fix it, head over to those settings and update them to match the wrist you wear your watch on and where you want the watch’s Digital Crown placed. Yup, it’s almost always that easy!
And even if it isn’t, we have some tips for you too!
So let’s get to those steps.
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Why is my Apple Watch displaying upside down?
Like a traditional watch, Apple designed its watch to house the Digital Crown on the right side of the case. That’s the default setting and assumes that the watch wearer is right-handed and/or wants the Digital Crown on the right side of the watch.
But not everyone is right-handed and not everyone wants that Digital Crown at the bend of their wrist. And that’s where Apple’s screen orientation settings come in. They help you personalize your Apple Watch for your body and your preferences.
So if your Apple Watch’s screen is upside down, it’s likely that these screen orientation settings need adjustment.
How to change your Apple Watch screen orientation
You can change these settings on your watch or via the iPhone’s Watch app.
We suggest you put your watch on your wrist in the position you want it to be (even if the screen is upside down.)
Then, use the Watch app on your paired iPhone or the Settings app on your watch and see the changes live as you update your watch’s settings.
- Open either your watch’s Settings app or go to your iPhone’s Watch app and select the My Watch tab at the bottom.
- Choose General > Orientation or Watch Orientation.
- Select the wrist you want to wear your Apple Watch on.
- To flip the screen vertically, change the location of the Digital Crown from left to right or right to left.
Adjust either of these settings until your watch looks like you want it–screen in the correct position and Digital Crown in the location you want.
I like my Apple Watch on my left hand with the digital crown at the bottom left, so it’s away from my wrist!
Not working and your Apple Watch’s screen is still upside down?
If you changed the settings but it’s not working, try restarting (power off, wait a few seconds, and power back on) both your watch and your paired iPhone, and then try again.
We recommend restarting your iPhone first, then restarting your watch.
- Restart your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button and then choose to power off. Wait a few moments and press and hold the side button again to turn it back on–release when the Apple logo appears on the screen.
- Restart your iPhone by pressing and holding one of the volume buttons and the power button at the same time. Slide to power it off, then wait a few moments. Press and hold the side button only to power it back on.
If restarting didn’t do the trick, change your watch face to a different one.
You can do that via the Watch app or on your watch itself.
To change your watch face on the watch itself:
- Show your current watch face on the Apple Watch’s screen.
- Tap and hold the screen until you see the watch face tiles.
- Swipe to see all your available watch faces and tap one to switch your watch face.
- To add a new watch face, tap the plus sign (+).
To change your watch face using your iPhone’s Watch app:
- Open the Watch app and choose the My Watch tab.
- Look under My Faces and tap a watch face you want.
- Set any options and complications you want for the watch face.
- Scroll down and tap Set as current Watch Face.
- To add a new watch face, tap the Face Gallery tab at the bottom.
Finally, if none of these tips helped get your Apple Watch back to its correct position, we suggest you unpair and then re-pair your Apple Watch using the Watch app on your paired iPhone.
When you unpair using the Watch app, it automatically takes a backup of your current watch’s settings and data, so you can restore it.
If the unpairing and re-pairing using your backup kept the problem, unpair and re-pair again but this time don’t restore your watch backup.
Why I changed the position of my watch’s Digital Crown
I personally like to wear my Apple Watch on my left hand with the Digital Crown on the lower left side. The biggest reason why I like my watch this way is to minimize unintentional button presses on that Digital Crown.
Since I wear my watch on my left hand, the default position of the Digital Crown places it right at the bend of my wrist.
That meant that it was constantly pushing or moving the Digital Crown (especially when working out), causing Siri to launch or turning that Digital Crown to raise the volume, scroll the screen, or anything else that I didn’t want at the time!