Apple Watch Notifications or Control Center Not Working? how to fix

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Each Apple Watch face should include a swipe-up interaction to reveal Control Center and its button menus, and a swipe-down interaction to reveal notifications. The only problem is that due to an intermittent and unknown bug, sometimes these interactions don’t work when you test them. This article reviews some possible solutions.

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Since the update to watchOS 8.5.1, many Apple Watch users have reported cases where they are unable to access Notifications or Control Center by swiping up or down on the watch face. In fact, this problem dates back to watchOS 8 and has been found on various Apple Watch models, making it a recurring bug that spans hardware and software versions.

Until Apple Watch resolves the face interaction issue, you can try one of these solutions to gain access to Control Center and its notifications.

Method 1: Change Apple Watch Face

Before trying the other methods discussed here, just try changing the watch face.

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Some users have found that swiping left or right to change the watch face brings back Control Center and notification interactions.

Method 2: Reset Apple Watch

Note that you can’t restart the Apple Watch if it’s charging, so unplug it first before trying the steps below.

  1. hold down the button side button Until you see the Power off slider on the screen.
  2. Drag it off finger slider.
  3. Once your Apple Watch turns off, press and hold the button side button again until you see the Apple logo.
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Method 3: Hard Reset Apple Watch

If restarting doesn’t solve the problem, try force restarting your Apple Watch. Please note that this should only be used as a last resort. And whatever you do, don’t do a hard restart if your Apple Watch is in the middle of an OS update.

  1. hold down both buttons side button You digital crown For at least 10 seconds.
  2. Release both buttons when you see the Apple logo.

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Method 4: Re-pair Apple Watch

Unpairing Apple Watch from iPhone has worked for some people who are facing this problem. It takes a while, but if you’re missing the gestures that reveal Control Center and notifications, it’s worth it.

  1. Bring your iPhone and Apple Watch closer together, then open watch app on your iPhone.
  2. In my watch tab, touch all watches,
  3. tap on information (i) The button next to the watch you want to unpair.
  4. play unpair apple watch, (For the GPS + cellular model, choose to keep your cellular plan.)
  5. Tap again to confirm. You may need to enter your Apple ID password to disable Activation Lock.

Before erasing all content and settings on your Apple Watch, your iPhone creates a fresh backup of your Apple Watch. You can use a backup to restore a new Apple Watch. After your Apple Watch is unpaired, you will see the Start pairing message. You can then re-pair your watch with your iPhone as usual.

  1. hold down the button side button On your Apple Watch until you see the Apple logo.
  2. Wait for the “Use your iPhone to set up this Apple Watch” message to appear on your iPhone, then tap continue, If you don’t see this message, open watch App on your iPhone, tap all watchesplay again couple new watch,
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to pair your watch again.

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If none of the above suggestions work for you, there may be a hardware issue with your Apple Watch display and you may need to take it to an Apple Store to have it repaired or replaced.

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If this resolved the problem, it may only be temporary and you will have to wait for Apple to fix the problem in a future update. Apple has resolved similar issues on the Apple Watch in previous versions of watchOS, so expect to see a fix with the release of watchOS 8.7 or watchOS 9, which is expected in fall 2022.

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