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With the watchOS 8.5 update, Apple watches have received a new useful feature – entering recovery mode. It will be useful if a red exclamation mark appears on the watch screen, indicating problems with the firmware. It usually appears after an unsuccessful update process that caused watchOS to be installed incorrectly.
Earlier, Apple recommended restarting the watch in this case and, if that doesn't help, contact an authorized service center . A new guide on the support page shows a new method that will work on watches with watchOS 8.5 and iPhones with iOS 15.4.
- Make sure your iPhone is nearby, connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
- Attach the magnetic charger to your Apple Watch.
- Double-tap the side button (located next to the Digital Crown) on your watch.
- Your iPhone will prompt you to reset your watch. Follow it.
It is not yet clear if this method will help restore Apple Watch firmware after watchOS beta crashes. Apple notes that if the recovery screen does not appear on the iPhone, it is worth connecting to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi instead of 5 GHz.