[Solved] Apple Watch Typing Passcode on Its Own

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An Apple Watch typing a passcode on its own may lead users to think the device is possessed, there is actually quite a reasonable explanation. While a friend of mine recently tried to perform an exorcism on their Apple Watch Ultra because it was acting so strange, I did some sleuthing online and found an easier solution.

How To Fix Apple Watch Typing Passcode on Its Own

According to multiple users, several Apple Watch models, including the Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch 9, have an issue wherein the device seems to be acting peculiar. From random button presses and clicks on the screen, to their device accidentally calling emergency services, it’s fortunately an easy problem to address.

Apple officially fixed this within watchOS 10.4, stating that the update “resolves an issue that causes some users to experience false touches on the display“. Should performing an update not correct the issue, there is one last-resort solution as well.

1. Update the Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch must be connected to a charger to update.

Time needed: 10 minutes

  1. From the Apple Watch, navigate to Settings.

    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Tap Settings Watch

  2. Select General.

    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Tap General-Watch

  3. Tap Software Update. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Tap Software Update Watch

  4. There is also the option to perform a software update from the Watch app on iPhone. Open the app and navigate to My Watch > Settings > General > Software Update.

    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Tap Software Update Watch App

2. Reset the Apple Watch and Set It Up Again

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This will completely reset an Apple Watch. Users will have the option to set up the device again or restore it from a backup.

While performing an update should solve this problem, it’s not a bad idea to know how to factory reset the Apple Watch just in case. For the unlucky ones, it may also be necessary to reset the Watch following the steps below and then try the update again.

2.1 Reset without Passcode

  1. Connect the Apple Watch to its charger and ensure the device is charging.
  2. Press and hold the side button until the power button appears on-screen.
    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Power Button Watch
  3. Now, press and hold the Digital Crown until Erase all content and settings appears.
  4. Select Reset and then select Reset again to confirm.
    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Tap Reset Watch
  5. The device will go through the reset process. Once complete, the Apple Watch will allow you to set it up again or restore it from a backup.

2.2 Reset Using Paired iPhone

To do this process from an iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. First, ensure that the Apple Watch and iPhone are next to each other.
  2. From the iPhone, open the Watch app and select the My Watch tab from the bottom.
  3. Tap General.
    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Tap My Watch
  4. Select Reset.
    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Tap Reset-Watch iPhone
  5. Select Erase Apple Watch Content and Settings. You will then select it again from the bottom of the screen. Follow the steps on-screen. If your Apple Watch has GPS and/or cellular, remember to keep your plans when completing the process.
    Apple Watch Typing Passcode Tap Erase Apple Watch

If it seems that the Apple Watch still has a mind of its own after going through the above steps, it may be time to have a conversation with Apple Support.

It may also be a good idea to know what to do if an Apple Watch is overheating after the 10.4 update.

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