Fix, Pokemon Go Apple Watch Not Working

Pokemon Go is now rocking on Apple watch as well but if you’re unable to play this game and facing issues, we’ll try to help. There are many reasons due to which the Pokemon Go game is not working on Apple Watch. Niantic Labs has given a detailed guide on how to fix Pokemon Go Apple Watch not working. From failure to load to failure to sync to just plain failure, some people have been experiencing nothing but problems. Let’s try and fix these issues together!

Failure to Sync

When you launch the app, instead of seeing your trainer and your data, you see Level 1 and missing data. This is the biggest issue Pokemon Go fans are having on Apple watch. It sucks! Because until that data syncs, nothing you do with Pokémon Go matters. You can try hatching an egg, but all you may get is Pokémon Go crashing on your iPhone or Apple Watch for your trouble.


1. Make sure you’ve latest version

If you’re on an old version of Pokemon Go and update is available go ahead and get the Update. Pokémon Go for Apple Watch requires the latest version of Pokémon Go for iPhone.

2. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled?

Maybe you’re looking for big issues but perhaps the reason Pokemon Go isn’t working is the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth are disabled. Both (WiFi and Bluetooth) need to be on for Pokémon Go on iPhone to talk with Pokémon Go on Apple Watch. You can check that they’re working in Control Center.

  • Toggling Airplane Mode will toggle both, on iPhone and on Apple Watch.
  • Swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  • Tap the Airplane Mode button at the top left.

3. Re-Enable Pokémon Go on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch apps are extensions of iPhone apps and turning the extension on and then off will delete it and re-install it on Apple Watch.

Note: If you’ve turned on the Pokémon Go Egg Timer compilation on any of your watch faces, turn it off before performing these steps or it’ll persist bad data.

  • Launch Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on Pokémon Go.
  • Switch Show App on Apple Watch to OFF.
  • Wait until the app un-installs.
  • Switch Show App on Apple Watch back to ON.
  • Wait for the extension to re-install.

4. Force quitting

There comes a need for syncing data back and forth once apps are installed. There’s no manual sync button but force quitting one or both can do some part.


  • Double-click the Home button to enter the fast app switcher.
  • Swipe to the Pokémon Go card.
  • Swipe the Pokémon Go app up and away to force quit it.
  • Relaunch Pokémon Go from your Home screen.

Apple watch

  • Launch the Pokémon Go app.
  • Press and hold down the Side Button until the Power Off screen appears.
  • Press and hold down the Digital Crown until you’re dropped back to the Carousel home screen.
  • Relaunch Pokémon Go from your Carousel home screen.

5. Reboot

If that didn’t go so well you can also try reboot. Once you’ve rebooted, you might still want to force quit and even re-install the Pokémon Go Watch extensions. That way everything starts clean.

Reboot iPhone

Press and hold the Power button and Volume Down button (iPhone 7) or Home button (iPhone 6s or earlier). Release after about 10 seconds or when you see the Apple logo.

Reboot Watch

Press an hold the Digital Crown and Side button at the same time, release in 10 seconds or when you see the Apple logo.

6. Re-pair Apple Watch

Maybe data not syncing between Pokémon Go on iPhone and Apple Watch could be a sign data isn’t syncing properly between anything. You’ve guessed it, you have to re-pair your Apple Watch in that case.


  • Launch Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on your Apple Watch at the top.
  • Tap on the Info button on the right.
  • Tap on Unpair Apple Watch and confirm.

Now, Re-pair

  • Choose your language and region on your Apple Watch.
  • Tap Start Pairing on the Apple Watch, re-open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and press Start Pairing.
  • Line up your Apple Watch under your iPhone’s rear camera to pair. Once paired, tap Restore from Backup and choose your backup.

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