Navigating Glitches: How to Understanding the Landscape of Apple Watch Series 9 Issues

By ANAS KHAN 10 Min Read

How to effectively troubleshoot and fix common issues with expert guidance to get the most out of your Apple Watch Series 9. This detailed guide goes into detail about how to solve different problems that users may have, making sure that your device works perfectly and without any problems.

Learn how to solve issues step-by-step that can arise, from hardware issues to software bugs.

Double-tap isn’t working.

Double-tap isn’t working.

As with the other new Apple Watch models, the Double Tap feature is one of the best ones. With this new grip, you can answer calls, turn off your alarm, answer messages, and more. To do a double tap, all you have to do is tap your index finger and thumb together twice.

On the Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2, which are the only models that work right now, you don’t need to do anything else to enable Double Tap. That means that anyone with the new Apple Watch should be able to use Double Tap right away. If it doesn’t work for you, though, there are a few explanations.

To begin, make sure that your Apple Watch is running watchOS 10.1. This is the software version that makes the feature possible. You could also check that Double Tap wasn’t turned off by accident by going to Settings > Gestures and making sure that Double Tap is turned on there.

It’s also important to know that Double Tap can’t be used when the Apple Watch is in Sleep Focus or Low Power Mode. It also doesn’t work when the screen is off (wrist down), and some accessibility features might turn it off.

Lastly, Double Tap doesn’t work at all on Apple Watches that are set up for someone else in your family. It only works on your own Apple Watch Series 9 or Ultra 2 when it’s unlocked and on your wrist.

Watch for complications not showing up.

Watch for complications not showing up.

The watch faces are great about the Apple Watch. With app complications, you can make some of the watch faces in watchOS much more useful than others, which are either simple or animated. You can see weather information, the date, upcoming events on the calendar when the sun goes down, and more if you add complications.

You may, however, run into times when the complication you chose doesn’t show up or doesn’t work right. For instance, a lot of people were upset that Apple’s Weather app complication wouldn’t load right for a while. To fix this, you can do a few different things.

To begin, check to see if everything is current. This includes making sure the app is up-to-date and the version of watchOS is running. In case that doesn’t work, turn off and on the Apple Watch again to restart it.

If those common steps don’t work, you could try switching the failed complication with a different one, making sure that the new one loads on the watch face, and then switching it back to the failed complication.

The weather complication often wouldn’t work because it was set to “current location,” which seemed to be a problem for some users. That sounds like it might be the case. Try setting the location to a different city and seeing if that works.

And if nothing else works, you could try restoring the Apple Watch. But first, make sure you have a copy of your data.

Bad battery life

The batteries in the Apple Watch Ultra and Ultra 2 last a very long time. One charge lasts for about 36 hours. But the regular Apple Watch Series 9 doesn’t have such a long battery life. You can still only use it for a day before you need to charge it again. You may think that your battery should last longer, though. There are a few things you can do, though.

Turning on Low Power Mode is the best way to make your Apple Watch Series 9 (or older) last longer on a charge. This mode lowers the power used, which makes the battery last longer. You’ll have to give up some things, of course. In Low Power Mode, the always-on screen, Double Tap, Time in Daylight, heart rate alerts, background heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and workout reminders will all be turned off.

Making sure you have the most recent version of watchOS is another important thing you can do to get the most out of your battery life.

Everyone who owns an Apple Watch (except the SE) has had one since Series 5. The display stays on all the time. Of course, leaving the screen on all the time uses power. If you don’t need it, you can save power by turning off the always-on display. That, along with turning off “raise to wake” (tap the screen to wake instead), can make the battery last even longer.

The ability to control which apps can read data in the background is a default setting for Background App Refresh. You can turn this off if you don’t need it by going to the Watch app on your iPhone, tapping on General, and then tapping on Background App Refresh. You can then choose to turn it off for all apps or just some of them. Even if you turn off Background App Refresh, the apps you chose for watch face complications will still be running.

You could try the last option and restore your Apple Watch if none of those worked. Once more, make sure you have a copy of your data before you delete it.

A display that is flickering

There have been reports of flickering screens on the Apple Watch Series 9 from some users. For models that are affected by this problem, the brightness of the screen flickers or “pulses” when the always-on display is turned on. Most of the models that are affected are the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, but older models are also at risk. WatchOS 10 is what they all have in common.

If you are having this issue, Apple has told service providers not to fix displays that are affected. Apple has instead told people to keep the software for the watchOS up to date.

Apple says you can turn off the always-on display for now if you want a short-term fix. It came up again that some complications, like the activity rings, might turn pink for a short time. The only known way to fix this problem is to wait it out.


The Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 have introduced the Double Tap feature, allowing users to answer calls, turn off alarms, and reply to messages. However, if Double Tap is not working, it may be due to the Apple Watch being on watchOS 10.1, Sleep Focus being active, or the screen being inactive. It is not available on Apple Watches set up for family members.

Watch face complications may not show up or work properly, so users can try updating the watchOS version, rebooting the device, replacing the complication, or restoring the device. Battery life is also a concern, with the Apple Watch Series 9 having a shorter battery life than the Ultra and Ultra 2 models.


Why is the Apple Watch Series 9 no longer available?

The top of the Apple Watch Series 9 is made of aluminum, and the rest is made of stainless steel. Bloomberg says that because of a patent dispute, a federal appeals court said on Tuesday that Apple can’t keep selling the blood oxygen feature on the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 in the US.

What is the Apple Watch controversy?

Due to a patent dispute with Masimo, a company that makes medical devices, both the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Watch Ultra 2 were banned in the US at the end of last year. According to the International Trade Commission (ITC), the blood oxygen sensors in both devices violated Masimo patents.

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