Apple Watch struggles with screen glitches

Emre Çitak
Oct 18, 2023

Wearable technology has witnessed groundbreaking innovations, and at the forefront of this movement stands the Apple Watch. Boasting elegant design and an array of impressive features, it's become an indispensable accessory for millions.

With the release of the Apple Watch Ultra 2, Apple's smartwatch, which has regained momentum in popularity, has recently come into talk with a different topic. Some Apple Watch users have encountered a perplexing problem: when they enable the Always On mode, the display starts to flicker or pulse.

Apple Watch Ultra 2 screen flickering
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Apple is after the Apple Watch flickering issue

According to an internal service memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers and reported by MacRumors, Apple is actively looking into this issue. The memo, circulated recently, doesn't specify which Apple Watch models are affected, but there are reports suggesting that the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, both running watchOS 10 and later, are among the most impacted.

Frustrated users have taken to various Apple-focused forums to voice their experiences, with some characterizing the problem as a "jitter" or "random flicker".

Flickering isn't the only problem

Another issue highlighted in the memo is complications on the watch face temporarily turning pink, a concern expressed by multiple Apple Watch owners.

Apple has advised service providers not to accept affected watches for repair. Instead, users are encouraged to keep their Apple Watch software up to date, hinting that a fix is on the horizon.

It's possible that this issue may be addressed in an upcoming watchOS update, potentially watchOS 10.1, which could be publicly released very soon.

Apple watch flickering
The flickering problem isn't the only problem Apple watch's screen is facing right now - Image courtesy of Apple

How to fix the Apple Watch flickering issue

Unfortunately, the only thing users can do about the Apple Watch flickering issue is for Apple to fix it via an update.

In the meantime, users troubled by the display issue have the option to turn off the Always On feature.

This can be done through the Apple Watch's Settings menu by:

  1. Selecting Display & Brightness
  2. Choosing the option to disable Always On

This feature, introduced with the Apple Watch Series 5 in 2019, dims the display when not in use and activates it when the device is raised. Although it's a useful feature, it might make sense to turn it off until the Apple Watch flickering bug is fixed.

Featured image credit: Apple


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