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8 Ways to Fix Apple Watch Display is Upside Down (2022)

Has your Apple Watch screen turned upside down? Are the watch face, apps list, and everything else flipped reverse automatically? Well, do not worry. Here are working ways to fix the Apple Watch display upside down issue on all models, including Series 7, SE, Series 6, Series 5, etc.

Apple Watch Display is Upside Down

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Why is My Apple Watch Screen Upside Down?

Many users have complained that their Apple Watch display has turned upside down. We, too, faced the same issue wherein the Apple Watch Series 7 flipped upside down during the initial setup without doing anything. It usually indicates a mismatch in the orientation settings. And at times, it can also be due to a temporary glitch.

How to Fix Apple Watch Display Is Upside Down

Apple Watch Display Upside Down Reverse

Thankfully, it can be fixed quickly using the simple troubleshooting steps below. Read on.

1. Change Orientation on Apple Watch

If your Apple Watch screen is upside down, there’s a problem with orientation settings. The easiest way to switch back to the normal view on Apple Watch is to change orientation which you can do directly on your watch, as shown below:

Fix Apple Watch Display Upside Down

Step 1: Unlock your Apple Watch and press the Crown to open the app list.

Step 2: Scroll down and select Settings.

Step 3: Head to General > Watch Orientation.

Fix Apple Watch Display Upside Down

Step 4: Choose the wrist you’re wearing the watch on- Left or Right.

Step 5: Then, set the location of the Digital Crown. If you’re wearing the Apple Watch on the left hand, select Right to fix the upside-down screen and vice versa.

You can always wear the watch with the crown on a different side, hence the setting. Changing the crown location will revert your Apple Watch display from the upside-down orientation.

2. Change Orientation in Watch App on iPhone

You can also change the orientation back from upside-down to normal using the Watch app. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone. Can’t find it? Use App Library to search.

Step 2: Go to the My Watch tab and click on General.

Step 3: Here, click on Watch Orientation.

Step 4: Select the wrist you’re wearing it on.

Step 5: Next, select the location of the Digital Crown when wearing the Apple Watch correctly to fix the display flipped problem.

3. Restart the Apple Watch & iPhone

If your orientation settings are right, yet the Apple Watch shows the screen in reverse orientation, you can reboot it to fix the glitch:

Switch Off Apple Watch

Step 1: Press and hold the Side button.

Step 2: Slide the Power toggle on-screen to turn the watch off.

Step 3: Wait for a few seconds. Then, press the Side button to start the watch again.

Alongside, also restart the iPhone which the watch is paired with.

4. Force Restart the Apple Watch

Force Restart Apple Watch

Some users have reported that their Apple Watch hangs up with the screen turned upside down. In that case, hold down the Digital Crown and Side button simultaneously for at least 10 seconds. Leave the buttons once the Apple logo appears on the watch screen. It will restart and revert to normal orientation.

5. Try Changing the Watch Face

If restarting does not work, try changing the watch face on your Apple Watch. You can do it directly on the watch and through the Watch app on your iPhone.

To change the watch face directly on the watch:

Change Apple Watch Face to Fix Orientation

Step 1: Unlock your Apple Watch.

Step 2: Tap and hold the home screen until you see watch faces.

Step 3: Swipe to see the available watch faces and tap any of those to apply.

To change the watch face via the Watch app on iPhone:

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iOS device.

Step 2: Select Face Gallery from the bottom menu.

Step 3: Choose the watch face you like and hit Add.

6. Change the Preferred Wrist

Apple gives you the option to set which wrist you’re wearing your watch on. Wearing the wrist on the right hand while the left is selected can mess up the interface for you. Make sure it’s set right, as follows:

Fix Apple Watch Screen Reversed

Step 1: Open Settings on your Apple Watch.

Step 2: Head to General > Watch Orientation.

Step 3: Choose the wrist you’re wearing the Apple Watch on, Left or Right.

7. Update Your Apple Watch Software

Update your Apple Watch to the latest available software version. This would ensure your watch is free of bugs or issues that may have seeped into the firmware.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to My Watch > General.

Step 3: Tap Software Update.

Step 4: Download and install the update if available.

If on Watch OS Beta, you can also consider switching to the stable channel to see if it resolves the problem.

8. Reset the Settings

If nothing works and everything on your Apple Watch screen is still upside down or reverted, reset it to factory settings using the steps below. Do note that this will delete all the data onboard.

Step 1: Open the Watch app on your iOS device.

Step 2: Go to My Watch > General.

Step 3: Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Reset.

Step 4: Tap Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings.

Once you confirm, the Apple Watch will erase all the data and restart as a fresh watch. You’ll have to re-pair and set it up using your iPhone. Alternatively, you can unpair and repair the watch with your iPhone, which automatically takes backup of all the data.

Note: If you set up the Apple Watch initially using someone else’s account, you’ll need the same account when starting afresh to gain access to the watch.

How to Wear Apple Watch Upside Down With Crown on Left

Apple Watch doesn’t have any definite orientation except for the placement of the crown and button. And since the straps can be interchanged, you can wear it upside down with the Digital Crown in the bottom left of the watch face, as shown below.

Step 1: On Apple Watch, go to Settings > Orientation. Choose Left for Digital Crown.

Step 2: Now, remove the straps from your watch.

Wear Apple Watch Upside Down With Crown on Left

Step 3: Put the straps in the opposite order (the top strap goes to the bottom, the bottom one goes to the top).

Wear Apple Watch Upside Down With Crown on Left

Step 4: You’re now ready to wear your upside-down watch.

Benefits of Using Apple Watch Upside Down

  • Avoid accidentally triggering Siri: Do you tend to trigger Siri while moving your wrist up accidentally? No more because wearing it upside down moves the Crown to the left side.
  • Push buttons with the thumb: Your thumb can now sit comfortably on the crown and buttons at the left for clicking buttons instead of your fingers.
  • Use thumb to control volume: You can now use your thumb to scroll the Digital Crown to control volume.
  • Better audio on calls: The mic is located between the Digital Crown and Side button. Wearing the watch upside down brings it closer to your face, making the audio better for calls.

Wrapping Up

These were some working methods to fix the display has turned upside down on Apple Watch. It’ll generally get fixed by changing orientation settings or rebooting the watch. You can also explore the steps and benefits of wearing it upside down in the opposite order. Stay tuned for more such informative articles.


Ritik Singh

Ritik is the Managing Editor at WearablesToUse. He is responsible for managing the website, developing the content strategy, and overseeing the articles to make sure they’re as informative as possible. He is mainly into smartphones, wearables, and IoT devices. Putting work aside, he has a great interest in personal finance and is also a keen motorcycle enthusiast.